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Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity

Debra Kibbe, MS, PHR

Debra Kibbe is a Senior Research Associate in the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University where she has worked since October 2011 on obesity and health-related policy issues and community health assessment, technical assistance and program evaluation throughout the United States.  From 1998 to 2011, she served in several roles including as Director of the Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Program for the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation (ILSI RF) headquartered in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Kibbe has coordinated, evaluated and published results from school, community and health care intervention projects aimed at the prevention and management of pediatric overweight. Prior to joining the PAN program, Debra was a human resource manager and an assistant volleyball competition manager for the 1996 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

Active at the national level, Debra is faculty for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics certificate program on child and adolescent overweight and was a member of the education subcommittee of the United States National Physical Activity Plan.  Debra serves on the planning committee for the Southern Obesity Summit and co-chairs the Georgia SHAPE data and evaluation work group. She is an experienced presenter completing more than 120 presentations throughout the United States and 12 countries on topics ranging from school-based health interventions to improving obesity management practice patterns among clinicians.  Debra earned her B.S. in Psychology from Hiram College, Ohio, and her M.S. in Personnel & Employment Relations from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. Debra Kibbe is a Senior Research Associate in the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University where she has worked since October 2011 on obesity and health-related policy issues and community health assessment, technical assistance and program evaluation throughout the United States.  Most recently, she served as Director of the Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Program for the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation (ILSI RF) headquartered in Washington, D.C.  Working with PAN since
1998, Ms. Kibbe has coordinated, evaluated and published results from several school, community and health care intervention projects aimed at the prevention and management of pediatric overweight. Prior to joining the PAN program, Debra was the assistant volleyball competition manager for the 1996 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

Active at the national level, Debra is faculty for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics certificate program on child and adolescent overweight and is a member of the education subcommittee of the United States National Physical Activity Plan.  Debra serves on the board of the Georgia Coalition for Physical Activity and Nutrition and co-chairs the Georgia SHAPE data and evaluation work group. She is an experienced presenter completing more than 100 presentations throughout the United States and 10 countries on topics ranging from school-based health interventions to social marketing to improving obesity management practice patterns among clinicians.  Debra earned her B.S. in Psychology from Hiram College, Ohio, and her M.S. in Personnel & Employment Relations from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.