HEAL U 2018: Clinical Symposium

Saturday, April 14, 2018


UTEP Health Sciences and Nursing Building

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Richard Atkinson, MD, FTOS: Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nik Dhurandhar, PhD, FTOS: Professor and Chairman, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Ann McDermott, PhD, MS, LDN, FTOS: Associate Scientist, Center for Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sarah Barlow, MD, MPH: Professor, Pediatrics, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX

Martin Binks, PhD, FTOS, FESPM: Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Behavioral Medicine & Translational Research Lab (BMTR), Director, Nutritional & Metabolic Health Initiative (NMHI), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX



7:30 – 8:00 AM     Registration and Breakfast

8:10 – 8:15 AM      Dr. Whigham – Introduction

8:15 – 8:30 AM      Dr. AtkinsonThe Multiple Etiologies of Obesity

  • Describe the multiple etiologies of obesity
  • Recognize core causes of weight bias

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8:30 – 9:15 AM      Dr. DhurandharEssentials of a Good Weight Loss Diet

  • Identify nutritional components of a good weight loss diet
  • Describe how to maximize the benefits of a diet by timing it appropriately
  • Describe how personal preferences and lifestyle impact diet selection

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9:15 – 10:00 AM      Dr. McDermottWhat’s Hot in Exercise is Medicine

  • Explain what the Exercise is Medicine and Physical Activity Vital Sign initiatives are?
  • Describe the evidence of the effectiveness of these approaches
  • Describe the clinical application including Prescription Guidelines for Clinical Outcomes

10:00 – 10:15 AM     BREAK

10:15 – 11:15 AM     Dr. BarlowSevere obesity in childhood

  • Describe epidemiology of severe childhood obesity in the US
  • Recognize different stages of severe childhood obesity based on new BMI classification system
  • Identify barriers to treatment for children with severe obesity and new approaches

11:15 – 12:15 PM      Dr. BinksDeveloping comprehensive, multidisciplinary obesity interventions: Guidance for solo providers or complete teams

  • Identify at least 3 essential components of multidisciplinary obesity intervention
  • Articulate the role physical activity plays in weight management
  • Describe at least 2 key behavioral techniques commonly used in obesity treatment.


12:15 – 1:00 PM       LUNCH BREAK

Lunch provided by the Institute for Healthy Living (advanced registration required)



Afternoon breakout sessions will run simultaneously and attendees will choose which to attend. Each session will be 1 hour and will be offered twice so attendees can attend 2 different sessions during the afternoon:

1:00 – 2:00 PM      Session 1 – Attendee choice

2:00 – 3:00 PM     Session 2 – Attendee choice


Dr. AtkinsonHow to complete a history and physical examination in a patient with obesity

  1. Describe the difference approach required for a history and physical examination in a patient with obesity
  2. Identify appropriate communication strategies for discussing obesity with patients

Dr. DhurandharWeight loss program or Obesity management program: What is the difference?

  1. Explain the difference between weight management and obesity management
  2. Identify the comorbidities that influence obesity management
  3. Describe the management and monitoring of comorbidities impacted by obesity and weight loss

Dr. McDermottClinical Nuts & Bolts: Diet + Exercise + SMART Goal Applications

  1. Develop objectives that meet the SMART criteria
  2. Describe how to apply SMART objectives to dietary approaches for health
  3. Describe how to apply SMART objectives to exercise approaches for health

Dr. BarlowChildhood Obesity and the Primary Care Office

  1. Describe how and when to screen for obesity co-morbidities
  2. Recognize the value of patient-centered language and counseling in addressing obesity
  3. Recognize potential benefit of healthcare-community partnerships in childhood obesity care

Dr. BinksMotivating Human Behavior: Health Coaching for the Frontline Provider

  1. Describe the importance of the ‘client-centered approach’ in health coaching.
  2. Identify 2 key underlying psychological constructs associated with health coaching
  3. Articulate the role of behavioral reinforcement in behavior change



3:00 – 6:00 PM     Join us for HEAL UNITE – an event for the general public that showcases

HEAL partners

The event will include “Ask the Doctor” sessions, health screenings, body composition testing, VEGGIE METER® testing, bounce house, family activities, raffle drawings, music, and giveaways