The Southern Obesity Summit Planning Committee invites individual applications for sessions during the 13th Annual SOS. These sessions will help attendees understand and address the systems that drive obesity. While the system drivers that shape the obesity epidemic are often global, our expectation is that participants will receive new resources, approaches, and perspectives to take the lead at systems change in the southern states .

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 one of the following:

• Healthy Eating and Food System Drivers
• Active Living and Environmental Drivers
• Game-Changing Science and Medicine
• Social Forces and Individual Psychology
• Local Ecological Systems
• Systems Approaches to State and National Policy Change

Please click here to learn more about the above listed tracks.

Whereas last year’s SOS focused on how to implement successful obesity prevention programs with various resources and tools, this year’s program offers an opportunity to place obesity prevention efforts in systems perspective. While showcasing programs and resources are still important, we seek to understand how obesity prevention initiatives can contribute to changing the systems that drive obesity and mitigate against prevention efforts. Thus, we especially seek session proposals that involve working across sectors or with nontraditional partners that have greater latitude to effect change in the systems that drive obesity. Because systems are complex and can lead to delayed or unintended consequences, we seek sessions that highlight learning in the process of implementing a new policy or intervention. Presentations on community interventions that fail to meet expectations are welcome if there is significant learning that can be shared with other practitioners. We also encourage sessions about new trends or innovations have the potential to change mindsets and disrupt systems that drive the obesity epidemic.

This is a working Summit and we expect our attendees to leave with specific approaches they can take back and implement in their community or state. We would like to make these sessions as interactive as possible.

Please note your application is for one presenter for a shared session block.  If you have multiple partners within your topic/program, please submit a separate application and if selected, you can be put together.  If you are submitting and want to acknowledge your co-authors/contributors, there will be a question within the survey to list them with the understanding that the onsite session will only allow for one presenter per submission.  Our goal is to provide as many different successful models as possible.

--Proposals are due by Friday, May 24, 2019
--All presenters, if selected, will be required to register and pay for registration (a $50 presenter discount will apply)
--We will host a Q&A Webinar on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm CST.  Additional information will be available soon. 
--Notification of proposal selections will be emailed in July.
--Please contact Stephanie Ondrias ( with any questions or need for additional clarification.