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June 29 – July 2, 2015

San Diego, California

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Early Childhood Education

Mini-Plenary: MP 3.4: Step it Up! The Keys to Eating Well and Playing Hard in Family Day Care Homes

Family child care providers influence the nutrition and physical activity habits of children in their care. By promoting wellness early they can help children avoid obesity-related problems later in life. Family child care providers can achieve this successful end through sustained relationships with coaches and trainers. Session attendees will learn about wellness strategies implemented in family child care settings in multiple states.

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Jan Bassmann, Public Health Nutritionist, Child and Adult Care Food Program, New York State Department of Health
Jessica McDuff, Senior Associate, Altarum Institute
Christi Smith, Manager, Child Care Aware of Kansas
Dianne Ward, Director, Intervention and Policy Division, Dept of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moderator: Kim Frinzell, Nutrition Education Administrator, Education and Nutrition Policy Unit, California Department of Education

WS 1.1: Healthy Beverages in Early Childhood: Research to Policy to Practice

Intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) is a major contributor of childhood obesity. Although there have been policies to encourage intake of healthy beverages in schools, there have been few similar efforts in the pre-school and child care environment. This session will review healthier beverage recommendations for preschool/child care settings as well as share findings from studies before and after implementation of healthy beverage policies in the child care/pre-school setting. Practical lessons learned from implementing healthy beverage standards will also be shared.

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Tracy Fox, President, Food, Nutrition and Policy Consultants, LLC
Anisha Patel, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco
Lorrene Ritchie, Director, Nutrition Policy Institute, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Julie Shuell, Project Director, Nemours National Office of Policy & Prevention
Moderator: Ellen Braff-Guajardo, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

WS 2.2: Running with Streamers! Creating Active Environments for Young Children

This session highlights the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations on physical activity (PA) in early childhood settings and will showcase two successful interventions; 1) an innovative Physical Activity Specialist model program where experts in rural New York create change through training and technical assistance and 2) “Painting Playgrounds for Movement,” a cost-effective environmental intervention being implemented in preschools throughout California.

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Michele Buran, Physical Activity Coordinator, CSU Chico Research Foundation
Diane Craft, Professor, State University of New York at Cortland
Arlene Turner, Physical Activity & Nutrition Program Manager, Children and Families Commission of Orange County
Moderator: Candice Taylor Lucas, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics

WS 3.2: Using Child Care Licensing Laws to Improve Health

This session outlines intervention and policy strategies to promote nutrition and physical activity in child care settings. Presenters will discuss the national child care legal landscape, provide a summary of a 50-state review of child care licensing laws, highlight California examples of child care nutrition policy, including the recent addition of child nutrition training, and showcase Minnesota examples of policy implementation strategies. Attendees will gain an understanding of the national child care legal landscape, as well current state examples of child care nutrition policies.

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Natasha Frost, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law
Elyse Homel-Vitale, Nutrition Policy Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates
Moderator: Lindsey Turner, Director, Initiative for Healthy Schools, Boise State University

WS 4.7: Tools of the Trade: Current Early Childhood Resources and Training

Practice and evidence-based resources and training are critical to advancing obesity prevention efforts in early care and education settings. Session attendees will become familiar with resources and training developed through the Let's Move! Child Care, Growing Healthy Children, and National Early Care and Education Collaborative models. Interactive session discussions will help attendees consider the application of these resources and training models in their local efforts.

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Jenna Larsen, Project Coordinator, Nutrition Education Programs, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Rachel Powell, LMCC Operations Manager , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Julie Shuell, Director, Prevention and Practice, Nemours National Office of Policy & Prevention
Moderator: Kelley Knapp, Nutrition Education Consultant, Nutrition Services Division, California Department of Education
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