According to the 2001 NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 22.7% of all respondents and 29% of male respondents were overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. As a health issue, childhood obesity cuts across economic, cultural, ethnic and geographic borders-and it is an issue with dire long-term health consequences. A community-wide effort, led by health professional and focused on the best practices in prevention, education, and treatment, is critical to counteract this health crisis.
The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Overview, Research and Best Practices' is a one-day conference, developed by the UNH's Division of Continuing Education, designed to convene experts in childhood obesity to share and disseminate information and practice with health and education professionals to combat this issue. The conference, which will produce compiled materials, will include presentations on the latest research on childhood obesity, behavioral and environmental treatment, strategies for early intervention, and best practices for professionals.
This conference is targeted at professionals on the front lines of the childhood obesity battle: professional such as dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners and pediatricians, and health educators, and public health professionals. Continuing Education credits will be granted by UNH and credits are currently pending from the American Dietetic Association and the NH Nurses Association Commission on Continuing Education. We hope to have 100 individuals to attend this conference and many more will have access through the proceedings after the conference.
The conference is an initiative of the UNH's Division of Continuing Education, that has as its mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities for the citizens and organizations of NH, the region and the nation through access to University resources and a broad range of quality education experiences. As part of its continuing efforts to provide practicing professional with the latest and best practices in the field, and assist the greater community with access to academic research, the Division developed the conference strategy: The latest research findings, paired with best practices, targeted to health professionals with direct access to children and families. The conference content includes keynote speaker: Dr. Barbara Moore, President of Shape Up America, and Plenary Speaker Dr. Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The conference is expected to attract 70-100 in-person participants and the proceeding will be available online at no charge for those who cannot attend. Partners include Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield, which is supporting this effort through a $5000 grant and the Foundation for Seacoast Health, which is providing in-kind support and conference facilities.
Carroll County Mediation Services, Inc. last year opened a satellite office in Ossipee, 30 miles to the south of its main office. All indications are that services offered by CCMS are greatly needed there and that the Ossipee office has the potential to become the larger of the two offices. CCMS has experienced a series of events leading to a shortfall threatening the continuance of the second office. Funds will be used to help fund what will grow into a full-time position and to develop and operate the Carroll County Juvenile Diversion Program and related programs in the southern office through this period.
Juveniles referred to our program by the court for law breaking will follow our juvenile diversion program through which they will become accountable for their actions and avoid escalation of unhealthy choices (the majority are drug involved) and lawbreaking leading to detention out of their communities.
Farnum Center has terminated a contract with USPPO to pursue opportunities for better market value of services with other treatment partners and possibly restructure arrangements with USPPO. Result of this move is a significant short-term loss.
Grant will allow the Center to offset significant, temporary, short-term loss while finalizing contracts with other partners.
Relocating NAMI NH's offices from the current overcrowded location to adequate space at below market rates accomplishes several objectives. It will provide needed privacy for those coming to seek information and referral, support continued programmactic growth, improve public awareness of NAMI NH, and facilitate public use of our lending library. Our expansion of program growth has resulted in increased staff sharing space, desks, telephones and file cabinets. Financial resources are directed to programs - we must focus on providing operational tools for staff to work effectively.
The grant is being requested to assist with funding our relocation. The grant funds will be used for items specific to public awareness, communication, and education. The equipment/furnishings will allow us to continue our programmatic work more effectively and accommodate the needs of our consumers and volunteers.