Skip to Content

Arnold School of Public Health



Keynote Speaker
Paul Cienfuegos
Why Do Large Corporations Get to Decide What We the People Eat?

Beth Racine, DrPH, RD
Where's the Problem?: A Case for Targeted Interventions

Anwar T. Merchant ScD, MPH, DMD
Fat or Low-fat?

Marie Stallworth
Bridging the Gap, Consumers and Producers

Angela D. Liese, PhD, MPH
The Dietary Patterns Methods Project: Key findings to date and new challenges relevant to dietary guidance

Sonya Jones, PhD
Experiences Creating Food Systems Change


Keynote Speaker
Dr. Tom Baranowski
Games for Diet and Physical Activity Change: Accomplishments and Challenges

Framing the Message: Clearly Communicating about Nutrition and Obesity

Carrie Draper, MSW
Informing Framing and Community Organizing Efforts for Childhood Obesity Prevention in South Carolina through the use of Q Statements

Rachel Davis, PhD
Exploring the Efficacy of Narrative Strategies for Promoting Childhood Obesity Prevention among Mothers of Mexican American Preschoolers

Casey Childers, PhD Student
South Carolina Media Coverage of Childhood Obesity: Lessons for Re-framing Advocacy Messages to Promote Local Food Systems Change

Lauren E. Huffman, PhD Student
The Use of Culturally-Relevant Recruitment Strategies in the Families Improving Together (FIT) for Weight Loss Randomized Controlled Trial

Environment and Sustainability: Opportunities for Communities

Autumn Perkins, PhD Student
Student Lead Environmental Education Outreach: Engaging Elementary Students, Adjudicated Youth, and University Student-Advocates

Seth Guest, Garden Educational and Outreach Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, USC
Project GLEA: Garden and Literacy Education through the Arts

Leila Heidari, BARSC Student
A Sustainable After-school Gardening Program that Emphasizes Nutrition and Environmental Education

Holly Pope, PhD
Creating Food System Changes: Community Organizers' Challenges and Successes from Those that Train and Supervise Them

Leveraging Technology to Improve Nutrition

Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, PhD, RD
The Use of Crowdsourcing for Dietary Self-Monitoring: Crowdsourced Ratings of Food Pictures are Comparable to Trained Observers

Sarah Hales, PhD Student
Social Media Message Type, Engagement, and Weight Change in a 6-month Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention

Tiara Rosemond, PhD Student
Eye-Tracking Technology Depicts Variations in Parents' Attention to Different Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels

Jennifer Bernal, PhD
Lessons Learned of Using Social Networks, for Improving Lifestyles in Health Practitioners

From Fields to Flora: The Impact of Climate and Dietary Exposures on Agriculture and Health

Gwendelyn Geidel, PhD, J.D.
Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture

Sarah Rothenberg, PhD
The Influence of Gut Microbiota on the Speciation and Toxicity of Mercury during Pregnancy: Results from a Feasibility Pilot

Chuan Hong, PhD Student
Maternal Methylmercury Exposure Through Rice Ingestion and Offspring Development: Preliminary Results

Fred Tabung, PhD Candidate
The Dietary Inflammatory Index and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Women

Childhood Obesity Prevention in SC Communities: Voices from the Field

Mary Wilson, MPH
Food - Problem, Solution, or Both?: Creating Food Systems Change

Lauren Neely, MPH, CHES
Capacity Building and Community Organizing for Food Systems Change

Jason Craig, PhD Student
Asset Mapping as a Tool to Engage Community Members

Coleman Tanner, MPH, CHES
SNAP Double Bucks Implementation Issue Campaign

Examining Home, School, and Afterschool Influences on Childhood Nutrition and Obesity

Christine Blake, PhD, RD
Integrating Card-sort and Qualitative Interview Methods to Understand Parents' Child-snack Schemas

Michael Beets, PhD
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Whoa! Children Select Unhealthy Choices When Given a Choice among Snack Offerings

Jordan Lyerly, PhD Student
Maternal Work Hours during Childhood and Adolescent Obesity - A Longitudinal Analysis

Allison Parson, PhD Candidate
Comprehensive Changes in School Environment, Health Education, and Teacher Modeling Led to Healthier Obesity-Related Diet and Physical Activity Behaviors in Preschool Children

Measuring and Conceptualizing Childhood Food Insecurity

Nancy Fleischer, PhD
Building a Systems Map of Childhood Food Security: A Qualitative Map to Inform Quantitative Modeling

Bethany A. Bell, PhD
Are Community Indexes for Wealth and Poverty Associated with Food Insecurity and Child Hunger?

Xiaoguang Ma, PhD
Perceptions of Neighborhood Food Access and Food Security Status among Households with Children


Keynote Speaker
Mariana Chilton, PhD
Lessons from partnering with low- income mothers to address hunger in America: How "linking communities" brings trouble & opportunity 

Session One: Community and Household Food Security

Sonya Jones, PhD
Food insecure families need more assets to avoid child hunger

Eliza Fishbein, PhD Student
Influence of leadership on the systematic identification of child food insecurity in schools

Toni Able
Deserts to gardens

Suzanne D. Baxter, PhD, RD, LD, FADA
One-month test-retest reliability of a five-item food security survey with fourth-grade children

Session Two: Breakout sessions Bridging Scientific Gaps

Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH
Food assistance matching intervention increases farmers' market utilization among low-income consumers in rural South Carolina

Leah Baker, PhD Student
The effect of alternating wetting and drying on aquaporin transcriptional abundance in rice plants and the nutritional quality of rice grain

Angela Liese, PhD
Living in a food desert? Comparing food environment perceptions and shopping behaviors between residents of high and low access areas

Mobile Markets

Ted Chewing, Colleton Farmers Market
Ana Parra, Hub City Farmers Market
Paxton and Rachel Pegues, PEE DEE Ranch

Session Three: Nutrition-Related Health Communications: Culture, Messaging, and mHealth Promotion

Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD
Get social: Leveraging online social networks as part of nutrition interventions

Danielle Schoffman, PhD Student
Mobile apps for pediatric obesity prevention and treatment, healthy eating, and physical activity promotion: Just fun and games?

Delores DeAnn Fedrick
Eat for life

Session Four: Breakout sessions Nutrition and Physical Activity in Community Health

Sara Wilcox, PhD
Primary results from the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) Program: A faith-based, community-based participatory study

Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD, MSPH
Nine-month physical activity and healthy eating pilot intervention for African American girls and their mothers

Sharon Ross, PhD, MS
Associations among physical activity, diet and weight status in 6th grade children

Christine Blake, PhD, RD
Drill Sergeants' two contrasting approaches to soldierization and instilling healthy eating behaviors in soldiers

Farm-to-School Forum

Judith Franchini, PhD, H.E. Corely Elementary
Holly Harring, PhD, SC Farm-to-School Coordinator
Nikki Hawthorne, Anderson 5 Food Service Director
Misha Lawyer, PhD, RD, Kershaw Food Service Director
Eric McClam, City Roots



Keynote Speaker
Roni Neff, PhD, MS 
A healthy environment is our food security

Session One: The grand challenges for healthy eating in context 
Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD 
A call to move towards plant-based diets: Why should we go there?

Brian Helmuth, PhD 
Science in Action: How can society prepare for a warmer world?

Kevin Elliott, PhD 
Selective ignorance in research on agriculture and food systems

Session Two: Methylmercury and the health of people, plants, and planet 
Jennifer Nyland, PhD 
Biomarkers of immunotoxicity induced by methylmercury exposure among fish consumers in Amazonian Brazil

Sarah Rothenburg, DEnv 
Methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion: A review

Suzanne McDermott, PhD 
Soil mercury concentration proximal maternal residence during pregnancy is associated with intellectual disability in the child

Session Three: Local solutions: South Carolina's local food movement 
Sara Clow 
Making local easy: Growfood Carolina, South Carolina's first local food hub

Yenory Hernandez-Garbanzo, PhD
South Carolina Farm to School Program- Empowering South Carolina schools to change the food environment

Doug Woodward, PhD, MA 
The economic impact of the Certified South Carolina Grown Campaign

Session Four: Building healthy food environments through community partnerships 
Edith Williams, PhD 
Where's the kale? Continued victories of a community-based participatory research partnership

Myriam Torres, PhD
Juantas Podemos: (Together We Can): Empowering Latinas to shape policy to prevent childhood obesity

Michael Beets, PhD, MA 
Community partnership to improve snack quality in afterschool programs: A pilot study

Closing Remarks 
Edward Frongillo, PhD 
Food security in a world of changing environments and human actions


Session One: Food Environment, Access, and Behavior 

Darcy Freedman, PhD 
Developing a theory of food access

Natalie Colabianchi, PhD 
Won't you be my neighbor? Understanding neighborhood boundaries and their salience to physical activity and healthy eating

Ruth Saunders, PhD 
Conceptualizing, implementing, and monitoring structural health promotion interventions in organizational settings

Angela Liese, PhD 
Capturing the complexity of individuals interactions with food environments: The next generation of contextual research

Session Two: Innovations in Environmental Measurement and Methods 
James Hibbert, MS 
Prediction of shopping behavior using a Huff Model within a GIS framework

Bethany Bell, PhD 
The impact of small cluster size on multilevel models: A Monte Carlo examination of two-level models with binary and continuous predictors

Kuldar Taveter, PhD 
Enhancing healthy eating by intelligent digital assistants

Session Three: Families and Food 
Dawn K. Wilson, PhD 
A family systems approach for understanding youth obesity, dietary, and physical activity programs

Christine Blake, RD, PhD
Parents use of food choice coping strategies; Associations with work and family conditions and dietary quality

Jihong Liu, ScD 
Higher generational and acculturation status are associated with poorer diet and greater body weight among Mexican American adolescents

Edward Frongillo, PhD 
Understanding experiences of children and parents in food-insecure families

Session Four: Policy Environments 
Michael Beets, MEd, MPH, PhD 
Nutritional policies and standards for snacks served in afterschool programs: A review

Melayne McInnes, PhD 
Taxing sin vs. subsidizing virtue: An experimental study of the impact on nutritional content of food purchases

Kevin Bennett, PhD 
Obesity among working age adults: The role of county-level persistent poverty in rural disparities

Sonya Jones, PhD 
Assessing state policy choices and their effects on schools foods and children diets