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Salon: Worthy: Helping Children Be Their Healthiest Weight - The Power of Kindness

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
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Elizabeth Conover
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720-588-8375 (p)
Jennifer Gennaro Prokopchik
Education Committee Co-Chair
CSCSW Salon Series
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Worthy: Helping Children Be Their Healthiest Weight is intended to help social workers reframe the obesity epidemic for caregivers through the lens of kindness and hope. Caregivers need for support has reached critical in caring for a child who is gaining too much weight, too fast. This presentation will provide real life solutions for preventing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and poor body image in children with obesity.  2 CEUs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to help caregivers determine a child's healthiest weight during the obesity epidemic and Covid-19 pandemic.
  2. Identify caregiver's opportunities and barriers for promoting body positive conversations and environments for children.
  3. Understand how promoting empathy, compassion, and kindness can relieve anxiety, fears, and shame when children are gaining too much weight too fast.
  4. Determine practical key steps caregivers can take to engage clinicians in helping children with obesity.

About the Presenter:
JoAnn has over twenty years’ experience in leadership roles, such as directing the NYS Center for Best Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity, evaluating the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s childhood obesity prevention programs, and for the FLOTUS Let’s Move program. She has managed all aspects of complex health programs in the fields of public health, health science research, community development, and youth initiatives. She is currently a consultant for several children’s wellness program. JoAnn is trained in pediatric ethics, and is a researcher, public health specialist, program evaluator, and health writer. JoAnn holds an MS in Bioethics from Albany Medical College, an MPH from the State University of New York, and a BA from Columbia University in Liberal Arts. She has been quoted in the Guardian, Albany Times Union, Scholastic Magazine, and her work has been referenced on the Daily Show, CNN, and in several academic books. JoAnn’s writes a blog for Psychology Today, Children at the Table. JoAnn is a creative, entrepreneurial leader with a compassionate leadership style and a strong history of developing innovative ideas into effective, well-funded social impact models. As an Advocacy-based Storyteller she helps organization use data to share their stories and show their impact. science research, community development, and youth initiatives. She has been an advisor to several children’s wellness programs including HealthCorps Inc, Healthiest Inc, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Stop the Silence, Trust MYRIVR, Health Mentor, and Fanzland. Specialties: Public Health, Childhood Obesity Prevention, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Mitigation, Bullying Prevention, and Pediatric Bioethics (pertaining to childhood obesity)

Who Can Attend this Event?
This event is free for active CSCSW. Non-members may attend for $45. Current social work students may attend for free after submitting proof of student status (copy of valid student id, current course schedule from registrar, etc).

Thank you to Social Work Supervision with Bethany Raab, LCSW for supporting this event!