The Southern Obesity Summit Planning Committee invites individual applications for pre-conference sessions, breakout sessions, special sessions and Pillar workgroup sessions during the 11th Annual Southern Obesity Summit. 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.

All  sessions will focus on providing information and tools that can impact a larger population. 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 System-based Programs/Initiatives, Policy/Advocacy or Research/Resources that can impact the larger population. These sessions will promote the best examples of state and regional strategies to prevent obesity. We are interested in proposals that will help guide the development and implementation of strategies across our 16 southern states.

This year we are focusing on Equity and Disparities and how they impact obesity prevention. We will give special focus to applications that address these issues specifically. We strongly encourage you to include these issues in your proposal if possible.

Each proposal must address one or more of the obesity prevention pillars identified in prior Summits:

• Early Childhood
• Schools
• Food Access
• Nutrition Policy
• Physical Activity
• Worksite Wellness
• Healthcare and Healthcare Systems

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

A special poster session is being considered for the evening on the first day. This session was developed in the past to allow Breakout presenters an additional opportunity to interact with attendees who may not have been able to attend their session or had additional questions. We will be asking Summit attendees of their interest in this type of session and will notify you upon acceptance of your submission.

Proposals are due by Monday, May 1, 2017

QUESTIONS? We will host a conference call on Tuesday, April 4 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, May 1. Notification of proposal selections will be emailed to the designated contact person listed on your proposal form by Friday, June 30. If you have any questions, please contact:

Michelle Smith
Texas Health Institute

More information about the Southern Obesity Summit and agenda/presentations from 2016 can be found at