I-TOPP Symposium, 2013


On October 3rd and 4th, 2013, the I Hotel and Conference Center
was host to our 2nd Symposium. Video Coming Soon.


  • Dr. Jayson Lusk, Professor,
    Oklahoma State University
    "The Economics and Politics of Obesity"
  • Dr. Leann Birch, Professor,
    The Pennsylvania State University
    "Preventing Obesity in Infancy and Early Childhood"
  • Dr. Dianne Ward,
    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
    "Healthy Weight Environments at Child Care: Finding, Creating, and Sharing the Evidence"
  • Dr. Brent McBride,
    University of Illinois
    "Child Care Policy Contexts: Do They Make A Difference in Teacher Feeding Practices"
  • Dr. Jason Mendoza,
    University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute
    "Addressing Risk of Obesity: Innovative Approaches to Old School Ideas"
  • Dr. Russell Pate, Professor,
    University of South Carolina
    "Policies for Promotion of Physical Activity and Prevention of Obesity in Youth"
  • Dawn Melchiorre,
    Program Partnerships for the Greater Chicago Food Depository
    "Breakfast in the Classroom: A Statewide Approach to Reduce Hunger in Illinois"

Poster Session Winners:

First Place
Predictors of Head Start and child-care providers’ healthful and controlling feeding practices with 2-to 5-year old children.  Dipti A. Dev1, B.A. McBride2, K.E. Speirs2, S.M. Donovan1, and H.K. Cho3
1Division of Nutritional Sciences, 2Department of Human and Community Development, 3Department of Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL

Second Place
Prevalence of food allergies (FA) and asthma and associated risk factors in the STRONG Kids Program (SKP).  Katie N. Paige, M.D. Teran-Garcia, S.M. Donovan.
Division of Nutritional Sciences and the STRONG Kids Research Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL

Third Place
Characteristics related to childhood binge eating disorder (C-BED): A systematic review
Jaclyn A. Saltzman1,2 and  J.M. Liechty2
1Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, 2School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Download Program (Adobe PDF)