Dan Fesperman

San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

Dan most recently worked with UC San Diego on public health programs focused on business- and clinic-based breastfeeding friendly environments and worksite-based initiatives to improve cardiovascular health and increase access to clinical preventive services.  Prior to moving to San Diego, Dan was instrumental in managing Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's statewide obesity initiative, Georgia SHAPE. As the Obesity Program Manager in the Office of the Commissioner at the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dan played a large role in the development and implementation of the initiative covering a wide range of obesity prevention programs.  Previously, Dan was part of the team at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta that designed, developed, and implemented the Strong4Life program, a wellness movement designed to ignite societal change and reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity and its associated diseases in Georgia.  Dan has an incredible passion for working with individuals and organizations to improve wellness and health outcomes. Dan has over a decade of experience working with health and wellness programs and extensive experience in program management, development, implementation, evaluation, and the development and delivery of trainings and training materials.

Nina Ghatan
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

Nina is originally from the St. Louis, Missouri area. Prior to relocating to San Diego, she worked as the Program Manager and Housing Counselor for a small nonprofit organization. For over two years, her work involved improving the health of homes through the home repair program, and the health of the individuals though health assessment and one-on-one counseling. Prior to that, she worked for the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department where she conducted a needs assessment, evaluated the assessment results, developed programs, and provided emergency support. Nina is also experienced at providing prenatal and postnatal education and case management to at-risk mothers. She has a Master in Social Work with a concentration in Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lyndsey Tapia
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

Lyndsey joins us from Chino, CA, where she was born and raised. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with her degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Her most recent job position was working for the City of Chino as the Healthy Chino Specialist in the Healthy Community Department. She worked directly programing workshops, leading the Employee Wellness Program, overseeing the Chino Community Garden, and organizing Chino Coalition meetings. These experiences and her passion for health and wellness make Lyndsey a great fit with the COI.


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  • One in four children in San Diego County is overweight or obese; this is slightly higher than the national average (California Center for Public Health Advocacy, 2009)
  • In 2006 alone, overweight; obesity; and physical inactivity cost California $41 billion in healthcare and productivity loss
  • More children are being diagnosed with diseases linked to overweight and obesity previously seen only in adults, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease (The Obesity Society, 2009).

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