NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series - March 2014

In honor of National Nutrition Month, the National Institutes of Health welcomes Dr. Laura M. Bogart as the featured speaker for the NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series on March 20, 2014.

Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled. Although some progress has been seen lately, approximately 17 percent of U.S. children are obese, and certain groups of children are more greatly affected. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults and suffer lifelong physical and mental health problems. The problem is influenced by many different factors. For example, it can be difficult for children to make healthy food choices and get enough physical activity when they are exposed to environments in their home, school, or community that promote increased consumption of less healthy food and physical inactivity.

In her presentation, Dr. Laura M. Bogart will discuss Students for Nutrition and eXercise (SNaX), a middle-school-based obesity-prevention intervention combining school-wide environmental changes, multimedia, encouragement to eat healthy school cafeteria foods, and peer-led education and marketing. She will describe partnerships with the Los Angeles Unified School District and other community stakeholders; review the results of the randomized controlled trial; and discuss the policy impact of the research and program dissemination activities. (Click here for abstract)

Dr. Laura M. Bogart is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and the Research Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bogart is a social psychologist who specializes in applying principles of social cognition to understanding risky health behaviors. Her research focuses on the influence of medical mistrust and discrimination on health behavior among disadvantaged populations, including African Americans, Latinos, low-income individuals, and people with HIV. She also conducts adolescent obesity research. Previously, Dr. Bogart was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND and Deputy Director of the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion, a CDC-funded community-based participatory research Prevention Research Center. She is Associate Editor and Health Disparities Special Section Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and a fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Association. She is a member of the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS (BSCH) NIH study section. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in HIV prevention from the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Presentation Title:
The SNaX Study: A Community-Academic Partnership to Address Obesity Among Middle School Students

Guest Speaker:
Laura M. Bogart, PhD (Click here for bio)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Director of the Division of General Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA


Thursday, March 20, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 P.M.

Seminar Video Recording:

Click here to view March's video recorded seminar.


NIH Campus
Clinical Center, Building 10, Masur Auditorium
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD

Additional Information:

Additional Information: There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. The seminar will be video cast and made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website after the seminar. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.