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9th Annual Research Symposium

Weighing in on Obesity

Monday, June 30, 2014 • 12:00 to 4:30 pm
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Sullivan Center, Conference Room 102

Sponsored by the Mercy College Research Advisory Council with assistance from the Mercy College Alumni Association.

Explore current literature related to obesity, interventions, and effects on health

Intended Audience:
Faculty, staff, alumni, students and others who are interested in current research on obesity

Program Title:
The Effects of a Prospective Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention Program: Switch What You Do, View, & Chew

Keynote Speaker:

Rachel Reimer, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, MPH Program, Des Moines University

Dr. Reimer is an assistant professor of public health at Des Moines University. She received her Master’s and PhD from Iowa State University. Her research is focused on the social, cultural, and environmental factors that influence health attitudes, cognitions, and behavior. The Switch program is a longitudinal, multi-ecological level obesity intervention /prevention program. Dr. Reimer will present research from several studies from this project.

Speaker Objectives: Participants will be able to...

Rachel Reimer, Keynote Speaker:

  • Provide an overview of efficacy of obesity intervention / prevention programs.
  • Describe the Social Ecological Model.
  • Describe the switch obesity intervention prevention program and it’s outcomes.

Susan Brown:

  • Describe the components of Body Mass Index (BMI) and explain the differences in BMI classifications for children and adults.
  • Discuss the prevalence, persistence and implications of childhood and adult obesity.
  • Identify the five stages of the Social-Ecological Model and identify examples of interventions at each of the five levels.

Judy Monroe:

  • Discuss research on nutritional trends with persons who live in poverty.
  • Discuss research on nutritional trends with recent refugees and immigrants.

Brenda Dolan:

  • Identify risk factors associated with obesity and diabetes.
  • Detail the current evidence related to the role of healthy eating in diabetes/obesity management.


12:00 - 12:30

Poster Review and Registration

12:30 - 12:45 


12:45 - 2:00

Dr. Rachel Reimer, MS PhD

The Effects of a Prospective     Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention Program: Switch What You Do, View, & Chew

2:00 - 2:45

Dr. Susan Brown, PhD
Using a Social-Ecological Model to Examine Obesity Interventions for Children and Adolescents

2:45 - 3:15

Poster Review and Break

3:15 - 3:45  

Judy Monroe, DNP, ARNP, C-PNP
Discussion of nutritional trends seen at Oakridge Neighborhood

3:45 - 4:15 

Brenda Dolan, MSN, BSN, APRN, BC-ADM
Obesity & Diabetes: Does one lead to the other?

4:15 - 4:30  

Poster Awards and Evaluations

There is no fee for attending the conference.
Pre-registration is requested by June 20, 2014 to accommodate handouts and refreshments. Pre-register via e-mail to A fee of $5 will be charged to non-Mercy attendees requesting nursing CEUs.

Continuing Education:
Nurses attending the entire program will be awarded 0.35 CEU (3.5 contact hours), Provider #17 Iowa Board of Nursing. Certificates of Completion will be provided upon request.

How to Get to Campus:
Mercy College of Health Sciences is located just south of I-235 between 6th Avenue and 7th Street, and just north of downtown Des Moines. Free visitor parking is available in front of the Sullivan Center (North Parking Lot). Download a PDF of the campus map.

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