Physical Health & Well-Being Conference (2013)


Each year, Youth-Nex gathers leaders from across the country to discuss a new, salient topic concerning youth from the perspective of Positive Youth Development. Scholars, practitioners, policy professionals, and students participated in the third annual event, focusing on the health and well-being of adolescents and children.

Behavior undertaken in adolescence shapes a lifetime of habits and health long into adulthood. what can we do now to ensure our children's well-being at this important time of development? Leaders from across the country convened to focus on the physical and mental health of youth in the context of Positive Youth Development. We listened to the latest and best research, exemplary practices, and key policy considerations to inspire each other's work and spark new ideas to improve the well-being of youth in Virginia and throughout the nation.

Conference Chair: Arthur Weltman, Ph.D.

Download the program and speaker biographies (PDF).

VIEW THE INTERACTIVE DIGITAL BOOK.

Videos


  • Opening Remarks

    Robert Pianta, Dean, Curry School of Education

  • Welcoming Remarks

    Arthur Weltman, Conference Chair

  • Remarks

    Megan Witherspoon, Manager of Corporate Contributions and Community Relations, Altria Client Services

  • Keynote Speaker

    William H. Dietz, former Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the CDC

  • Overview of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

    Panel 1, Panelist 1: Russell Pate, Ph.D.

  • Overview of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

    Panel 1, Panelist 2: Charles Hillman, Ph.D.

  • Overview of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

    Panel 1, Panelist 3: Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

  • How Built Environments Impact Children's Health

    Lunch Presentation: Matthew Trowbridge, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Strategies to Increase Physical Activity

    Panel 2, Panelist 1: Dianne Stanton Ward, Ed.D.

  • Strategies to Increase Physical Activity

    Panel 2, Panelist 2: Joseph E. Donnelly, Ed.D., FACSM

  • Strategies to Increase Physical Activity

    Panel 2, Panelist 3: Christina Economos, Ph.D.

  • Strategies to Increase Physical Activity

    Panel 2, Panelist 4: Phil Wendel

  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating

    Panel 3, Panelist 1: Kirsten Davison, Ph.D.

  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating

    Panel 3, Panelist 2: Randy Bird

  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating

    Panel 3, Panelists 3 and 4: Elizabeth “Bet” Howrigan and Noah Carpenter

  • Mindfulness, Health, & Well-Being

    Panel 4, Panelist 1: Patricia Jennings, M.Ed., Ph.D.

  • Mindfulness, Health, & Well-Being

    Panel 4, Panelist 2: Sheri Rand, M.Ed.

  • Mindfulness, Health, & Well-Being

    Panel 4, Panelist 3: Ali Smith

  • Injury Prevention and Treatment

    Panel 5, Panelist 1: Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM

  • Injury Prevention and Treatment

    Panel 5, Panelist 2: Donna K. Broshek, Ph.D.

  • Injury Prevention and Treatment

    Panel 5, Panelist 3: Tamara Valovich McLeod, Ph.D.

  • Wrap-Up

    Panel 6, Panelist 1: Aleta L. Meyer, Ph.D.

  • Wrap-Up

    Panel 6, Panelist 2: Senator John Miller

  • Wrap-Up

    Panel 6, Panelist 3: Karin Talbert Addison

  • Wrap-Up

    Panel 6, Panelist 4: Patrick Tolan, Ph.D.

Photos


  • Arthur Weltman, Conference Chair
  • Youth Voices Heard

    An important facet of the conference was to listen to youth perspectives on physical health and well-being such as Noah Carpenter's, pictured here.

  • Six Thought-Provoking Panels

    Panels were scheduled throughout the conference that discussed physical activity, nutrition, mindfulness, and injury prevention.

  • "Walk the Talk" on the Lawn

    Several informal breakout sessions led by selected panelists were held on the Lawn to encourage physical activity while discussing physical activity.

  • Wide Range of Audience Members

    Scholars, practitioners, policy professionals, and students participated in the third annual conference.

Media Coverage


  • School of Education and Human Development press release
  • On the left, check out the buzz generated on Twitter by the conference, using #ynconf!

About Youth-Nex


Youth-Nex, The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, is a trans-disciplinary center that aims to expand and apply the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world.