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June 29 – July 2, 2015

San Diego, California

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School and Expanded Learning (After School and Summer)

Mini-Plenary: MP 1.3: Mission Possible: Kids will eat school meals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture updated school meal standards in July 2012. Anecdotal reports suggested these changes created more food waste. Research shows that parents support the new standards and children are eating fruits and vegetables in school. There are many strategies schools can use to make improvements to meal quality and menu choices supporting children's consumption of school meals – come learn about these strategies in this session.

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Juliana Cohen, Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition
Wendi Gosliner, Project Scientist, University of California
Judi Larsen, Program Manager, The California Endowment
Bethany Yon, Research Associate, University of Vermont
Moderator: Carol Chase Huegli, Associate Director, Nutrition Services Division, California Department of Education

Mini-Plenary: MP 2.3: Building a Culture of Health through Diverse Collaborations

Students, teachers and staff spend a significant amount of time at school. A culture of health at schools supports healthy behaviors for the entire school community. This session focuses on innovation and collaboration. You will hear about work being led by retired military leaders, an integrated health care system and the largest teacher union in the nation.

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Major General Arthur Bartell, President, Army and Navy Academy
Lainie Morgan, Senior Program Coordinator, National Education Association - Healthy Futures
Sarah Threlfall, Senior Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
Moderator: Elisa Mendel, Vice President, Healthworks and Product Innovation, Kaiser Permanente

WS 1.5: A “Whole” New Look at School Lunch: Perceptions Matter

Schools are under pressure to provide healthy school meals students will eat. This thought-provoking session looks at how the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) promotes holistic changes that improve student consumption of healthy foods. A national perspective of the SLM will be highlighted along with local examples of SLM implementation. In addition to the SLM presentation, “lessons from the lunch ladies”, a school-based research project will be shared.

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Kathryn Hoy, Manager, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs
Mary Podrabsky, Director of School and Community Initiatives, University of Washington-Center for Public Health Nutrition
Suzy Sayre, Director of Nutrition Services, El Monte High School District
Moderator: Shannan Young, Senior Project Manager, Dairy Council of California

WS 2.5: Creating Healthy, Vibrant Afterschool Cultures: National, State, and Local Perspectives

With 10.2 million youth in afterschool programs, out-of-school time is ideal to educate students about nutrition, ensure students “get their 60”, and build healthier communities while helping close the achievement gap. The Alliance for a Healthy Generation, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, and Team California for Healthy Afterschool will present their models for making the healthy choice the easy choice in afterschool settings.

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Sue Cornell, Healthy U Director, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance
Daniel Hatcher, National Healthy Out-of-School Time Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Jason Smith, Health and Wellness Director, Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center
Moderator: Andrew Laufer, Education Administrator, California Department of Education

WS 3.5: Made to Move: Getting Kids Active throughout the School Day

The Institute of Medicine recommends a “Whole-of-School” approach to providing physical activity to students. This session includes evaluations of three innovative programs in elementary schools. The programs illustrate opportunities to integrate activity in school that can complement physical education, including before and after school, lunch time recess, and classroom activity breaks. Each program will share evaluation strategies and results.

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Hendrik de Heer, Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University
Jessa Engelberg, Doctoral Candidate, University of California, San Diego
Ayano Healy, Lead Health Educator, Northern California Center for Well-Being
Moderator: Jim Sallis, Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego

WS 4.5: New Local School Wellness Policy Requirements: Opportunities and Challenges for Implementation

New Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) requirements offer opportunities and challenges for implementation. This session will highlight nationwide successes utilizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s identified tools to support LSWP efforts, along with examples of how local communities were able to strengthen their school wellness policies.

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Sharon Hillidge, Wellness Resource Teacher, Chula Vista Elementary School District
Kate McDevitt, Senior Manager, School Wellness Programs, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Allison Nihiser, Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Moderator: Heather Reed, Nutrition Education Consultant, Nutrition Services Division, California Department of Education
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