Education & Outreach


LSU Discover Day 2020


LSU Discover Day Awardees, Sai Pochana and Gracie Wilburn, presented data from the "TIGERKids" project at LSU Discover Day in April 2020. Congratulations, Sai and Gracie!



LSU Discover Day 2019

Beatriz Fernandes-Coelho presents data from
the "Pause & Play" project at
LSU Discover Day in April 2019.

Elizabeth Joseph also presented data
from her undergraduate honors thesis.


Congratulations, Bea and Lizzie!






2019 Health Summit:

Working Together for Louisiana Children and Families


The Pediatric Obesity & Health Behavior Lab was happy to participate in the Planning Committee of the 2019 Health Summit, hosted by the Louisiana Center for Health Equity and held at Pennington Biomedical on April 2, 2019.

Dr. Staiano moderated a panel on Promoting Healthy Living with speakers (from left) Kenyatta Royal, Senior Youth Engagement Coordinator for Tobacco Free Living, Louisiana Public Health Institute; Dr. Jessica Kemp, Vice President of Center for Planning Excellence; Principal Donald J. Sanders, III, of Raintree Elementary in St. Mary Parish; and Superintendent Wes Watts of West Baton Rouge Schools.


The Obesity Society's




Scientific Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2018


   Dr. Chelsea Kracht presented data on

   demographic differences in meeting 24-hour

   guidelines by young children from the Pause &

   Play study at The Obesity Society's annual



   TIGER Kids data were also presented in three

   poster presentations by Dr. Amanda Staiano,

   Dr. Nicole Fearnbach, and Dr. Maura Kepper on  

   behalf of Kara Denstel.





LSUHSC Medical Student Research Day

New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2018


LSUHSC MD/MPH candidate Nicole Dominique won 2nd place in the annual LSUHSC School of Medicine's Medical Student Research Day in New Orleans in October 2018. Nicole was an instrumental team member for the Project Power camp, co-sponsored by American Diabetes Association and American Council on Exercise for children at risk for type 2 diabetes. Congrats to Nicole on this honor!






LSU Discover Day 2018

LSU Ogden Honors College junior
Elizabeth Joseph
presents focus group data from the "Pause & Play" project at LSU Discovery Day in April 2018. Elizabeth also presented an oral and poster presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine annual conference in New Orleans in April 2018.




Teddy visited 10 childcare


centers in Baton Rouge for our

Pause & Play Study!





GameSquad Featured

on the LSU Jumbotron at the LSU

Football Game!

Click here to check out the feature.




Childhood Obesity Treatment:

A Toolkit for Louisiana Primary Care Providers

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that clinicians screen children aged 6 years and older for obesity and offer them or refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral intervention to promote improvement in weight status. Baptist Community Ministries and Pennington Biomedical Research Center provide the following toolkit as a summary of best practices to assist primary care providers in providing preventive and treatment services for childhood obesity. Click here to access the toolkit.


Project Manager Arwen Marker, Dr. Staiano, and Health E. Hound
Recruiting for Klub Kinect
at Broadmoor High School Health Fair



Physical Activity and Nutrition for Teen Health (PANTHER) Project

Pennington Biomedical is proud to partner with Health Centers in Schools and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center to deliver PANTHER, a school-based physical activity and dietary counseling program designed by Pennington Biomedical scientists and delivered to a local public high school in an under-resourced neighborhood in north Baton Rouge. The PANTHER Project is intended to train staff and refine logistics of program delivery for future school-based pediatric weight loss and wellness studies. PANTHER adapts the Diabetes Prevention Program to the audience of teenagers, providing a condensed and teen-friendly curriculum delivered in a group-based setting via the school-based health center. Preventive Medicine fitness trainers under the supervision of Dr Amanda Staiano deliver physical activity sessions twice per week, and registered dietitians under the supervision of Dr. Cathy Champagne deliver weekly dietary counseling sessions and a family trip to the grocery store. The main outcomes are changes in BMI percentile, walking endurance, health behavior, and health knowledge. Information gathered from this pilot program will be reported to the funding agency and used to design future research studies. Funding was provided by the WebMD Foundation to the Health Centers in Schools.

Leighanne Kiggans, Alexandra Gillio, Dr. Staiano, Erma Levy, and Brooke Bayham
Celebrating the PANTHER Program at Glen Oaks High School


LSU College of Agriculture

In January 2015, we entertained a group of LSU College of Agriculture students by giving a tour of the TReCC, providing details on our pediatric exercise trials, and even doing a "Dance Off" in our exergaming room. To the right, "Gaming Coach" and preventive medicine research specialist Cory Lemon dances with two of our LSU guests.


Camp Quest

In June 2014, our team from Pennington Biomedical was excited to deliver a physical activity and dietary lesson to the students at Camp Quest, a summer camp for elementary school children that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math. Lab members Courtney Wright and Cullen Hodges, along with Preventive Medicine fitness trainer Matt Abboud, adapted lessons from the PANTHER project to show the campers how research is used to teach positive behaviors for life-long health. Camp Quest is a collaboration between the Interdenominational Faith Assembly and Solvay, a chemical corporation with a branch in Baton Rouge. Click here to read a news article about Camp Quest.

Dr. Staiano and Arwen Marker recruit participants for Klub Kinect at the

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service at Southern University, January 2014

Community Engagement and Outreach




  Reducing Childhood Obesity in Louisiana

   An Evidence-based Approach to Inform Policy Decisions

                                                    More Information >


Professional Engagement and Outreach


  Lobbying on Capitol Hill

  Dr. Staiano joined Dr. Martin Binks and other members of The  

  Obesity Society and Obesity Action Coalition to lobby on 

  Capitol Hill for the "Treat and Reduce Obesity Act" in

  September 2013.

The Obesity Society

  Mission: Through research, education and advocacy, to better

  understand, prevent, and treat obesity and improve the lives of those


  Dr. Staiano serves as Co-Chair of the Public Affairs Committee and as  

  elected fellow of the Pediatric Obesity Section for The Obesity Society.



Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) with the vision to increase the amount of information available to healthcare decision makers and the speed at which it is generated in order to help patients and their caregivers make better-informed decisions. Dr. Staiano serves as task force member of the Obesity Task Force for PCORnet. Read more about PCORnet here.


  Games for Health Journal

  Games for Health is a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the

  development, use, and applications of game technology for improving physical and

  mental health and well-being. The Journal breaks new ground as the first to address

  this emerging, widely-recognized, and increasingly adopted area of healthcare. The

  journal is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Tom Baranowski, Ph.D.,

  Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Staiano serves on the editorial board. Read more  

  about Games for Health Journal here.