Monday Roundtable Luncheon
The CDC estimated that for US adults, in 2015-2016, the prevalence of obesity was 39.8%. Estimates from the CDC for 2011-2014 among adults 20-64 for caries experience was 91% and untreated tooth decay was 27%. Hence, the burden of both obesity and caries is great in the US. As many behaviors associated with obesity are also associated with caries, actions taken for combating obesity have potential application for fighting caries. One mechanism being explored, in part with an orientation towards health care providers being role models and demonstrating their commitment to improving health status or at least helping to prevent disease, is the development of Healthy Meeting Policies. Numerous organizations have begun to implement Healthy Meetings Policies. Three such organizations are the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the American Public Health Association and the American Association for Dental Research. These three organizations represent consumer, public health and oral health sciences perspectives. Components of the policies include interventions on sugar-sweetened beverages; foods high in sugar, fats or salt; and increasing activity to break being sedimentary at meetings. This round table will provide information on policies and tool kits associated with a variety of policies ranging across conference types. Table participants will be asked to add their own experiences with Healthy Meeting Policies for discussion on the potential for use of Healthy Meeting Policy from national to local meetings.