12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit call for proposals - Deadline April 2

12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit call for proposals - Deadline April 2

The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is set for October 22-24, 2018, at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WV, and is presented by Texas Health Institute and West Virginia Bureau for Public Health Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease. 

The Planning Committee invites individual applications for sessions during the 12th Annual SOS. These sessions will help attendees develop strategies and provide resources and tools to use in their work to reverse the obesity epidemic through working together with other southern states.

Sessions will showcase the best examples of scalable evidence-based or promising practices of state and regional strategies to prevent obesity. All sessions will focus on one of the following:

Where we Live – Examples: adequate housing in safe neighborhoods, safe places to walk, sidewalks and bike lanes

Where we Work – Examples: staff wellness initiatives and incentives, good health insurance programs, employee sponsored health events, healthy vending and dining options

Where we Learn – Examples: A Whole community, Whole School, Whole Child approach to the learning environment that addresses one or more of the 10 components of a healthy school environment (nutrition services, physical education/physical activity, health services, counseling, psychological and social services, social/emotional climate, physical environment, employee wellness, family engagement, community involvement, and health education)

Where we Eat – Examples: Farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores, corner stores, vending

Where we Play – Examples: Safe playgrounds and parks, adequate lighting

Where we Pray - Examples: Religious institutions role as provider, advisor, support system

We have spent several years showcasing programs and resources that impact obesity. While these are still important, we feel we must provide more tools and resources on "How to" implement successful programs. We will ask that you identify which focus area(s)/approach your proposal addresses:

• Building Partnerships/Coalitions
• Assessing the Situation/Collecting and Analyzing Data
• Setting Priorities/Developing a Plan
• The Role of Policy
• Implementation
• Evaluations
• Communication/Education

This year we are continuing our emphasis on Health Equity and Health Disparities and how they impact obesity prevention. We will give special focus to applications that address and incorporate these issues. We strongly encourage you to include these perspectives in your proposal.

This is a working Summit and we expect our attendees to leave with specific actions they can take back and implement in their community or state. We would like to make these sessions as interactive as possible.

Please note your application is for one presenter. If you have others who also want to present with you, they will need to submit a separate application and if selected, you can be put together. Our goal is to provide as many different successful models as possible.

Proposals are due by Monday, April 2, 2018

QUESTIONS? We will host a conference call on Thursday March 15 at 11:00 MT/12:00 pm CST/1:00 EST. Call in information is as follows:


Proposals must be received by midnight (Central Standard Time) on Monday, April 2. Notification of proposal selections will be emailed to the designated contact person listed on your proposal form by May 15, 2018.

To submit proposals please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SOS2018Proposals