Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium Series 1.0 Overview

Department of Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition Program

This series provides an overview of how nutrition, physical activity, and parenting play a role in the promotion of healthy weight gain in infants and a healthy weight in children, adolescents, and adults.  The series emphasizes the Bright Futures developmental stages and the MCH Life Course Framework.  Colloquium presentations are intended for family members, practitioners, and researchers.

Topics covered in past colloquia included:

  • MCH Life Course Framework:  The MCH Life Course Framework and its implications for practice, programs, and services (Spring 2013)
  •  Bright Futures Developmental Stage of Adolescents and Pregnancy:  Introduction to understanding parenting, nutrition, and physical activity in adolescence and pregnancy from a MCH Life Course Framework (Fall 2012)
  •  Bright Futures Developmental Stage of Middle Childhood:  Attention to programs and policies that support healthy nutrition and physical activity environments in schools (Fall 2011; Spring 2012).
  •  Bright Futures Developmental Stage of Early Childhood:  Emphasis on the role of parents, childcare providers, and the home environment (Fall 2010; Spring 2011)
  •  Bright Futures Developmental Stage of Infancy:  Featuring the experiences of mothers and fathers with infant feeding (Fall 2009; Spring 2010)
  •  Overview of Bright Futures and Maternal and Child Health:  Introduction and overview of the series, highlighting issues facing infants, children, families, and their communities related to healthy weight (Spring 2009)

The archived webcasts are no longer publicly available; if you would like access to a specific webcast or presentation, contact Dr. Marsha Spence (

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T79MC09805, Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, $176,649, 50% funded by the University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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