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June 29 – July 2, 2015

San Diego, California

Pre-Conference Sessions


The following pre-conference sessions will take place on Monday, June 29, 2015.

Tour: Healthy Cocina Initiative: Market offers oasis for hungry residents in food desert

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hosted by UC San Diego Center for Community Health

Led by the UC San Diego Center for Community Health Retail Program, this session will showcase the Healthy Cocina Initiative; a community-driven pilot that seeks to make the healthy choice easier while reducing food insecurity by working with residents and retail owners to offer affordable, nutritionally dense, prepared meal options. A guided walking tour will highlight the initiative’s socio-economic impact within City Heights, a densely populated urban community often identified as San Diego’s premiere food desert. The tour will culminate at the market to experience the Initiative’s social marketing and interact with employees about the success and challenges of the project. Participants will walk away with the ability to implement this turnkey program within their community.     

Chelsea Baron, Retail Program Senior Manager, UC San Diego Center for Community Health
Mark Kassab, Business Owner, Supermercado Murphy's
Council Representative, City Council District 9

Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 30

Preventing and Reversing Eating/Fitness Problems by Promoting Health Instead of Size in Kids (HAES®)

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hosted by HAES®

This session will present the need and supporting evidence for preventing weight bias/stigma and body dissatisfaction by promoting health instead of size (a HAES® approach). Participants will learn a model and method for inspiring boys and girls to develop a stake in caring for their bodies by eating well, staying fit, and in appreciation of the healthy, diverse bodies that result. The methods for delivering the model were incorporated into the Healthy Bodies curriculum, published by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) in 1998. The approach taken has since become known as Health at Every Size® (HAES®). This lesson plan draws from universally recognized health promotion principles to target the seedbed out of which weight bias/stigma and in turn poor eating and fitness choices take root and grow. The curriculum was pilot tested by classroom teachers in Minnesota with students in grades 4-6 prior to publication, and was fully updated in 2005 and 2012 to incorporate feedback, new research and environmental changes. By the end of the presentation, participants will be armed with a new perspective and the language needed to apply the Model for Healthy Body Image and Weight, a HAES® approach promoting health instead of size with children and teens.

Kathy Kater, LICSW, Psychotherapist, HAES® Specialist
Workshop Cost: $60 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 50

Learning About Nutrition through Activities: Taste, eat and enjoy fruits and veggies

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hosted by Learning ZoneXpress

This session will introduce, LANA (Learning About Nutrition through Activities), a research-based curriculum developed by the Minnesota Department of Health. LANA helps children taste, eat, and enjoy fruits and vegetables. We'll cover the background, goals, results of this research, and steps toward implementing environmental changes to promote improved nutrition and parent involvement. Because the connection between health/nutrition and socio-economic status is well documented, implementing nutrition curriculum with strong parent involvement is a relevant solution to reduce childhood obesity and support wellness of the entire family. Research shows the LANA Nutrition Program can positively influence environmental change in the classroom and at home.

Maureen Lyons, Educational Consultant, Learning ZoneXpress
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 50

Putting Collective Impact into Practice - A Deep Dive Session

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hosted by Collective Impact Forum

Collective impact has emerged as a promising approach to addressing a broad range of health issues, and is particularly well suited for reducing and preventing childhood obesity. By definition, collective impact is the commitment of a group of cross-sector actors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem at scale. This definition, however, only provides the surface level understanding of what it truly takes to put collective impact into practice in order to achieve long term results. This pre-conference session will provide participants with a deep training on collective impact before engaging in the three-day conference focused on the topic. We will explore the key conditions of collective impact – the common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and a backbone support—and how these coalitions are structured so they build and strengthen the relationships of people in a way that enables continuous learning over time. For individuals who want to use a collective impact approach to reduce childhood obesity in their communities, joining this session is a must!

FSG Team Members
Workshop Cost: $100 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 100

Smarter Lunchrooms: How the Collective Impact Results in a National Movement!

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hosted by The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California Collaborative

It’s not nutrition until it’s eaten!” Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM), which was developed by Cornell University with funding from USDA, nudges children to make good food decisions and increase consumption of healthy foods. SLM applies low-cost marketing techniques resulting in increased fruit, vegetable and white milk sales and reduced plate waste during school lunch.

Cornell will highlight SLM principles and share the national perspective. California, Ohio and Florida will present their SLM models, focusing on how aligning goals, building partnerships, and leveraging resources have resulted in a true movement. Attendees will also participate in small group discussions to apply SLM.

Kathryn Hoy, Manager, Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, Cornell University
Heather Reed, Nutrition Education Consultant, California Department of Education
Marietta Orlowski, Associate Professor, Wright State University
David Ginsburg, UC Cal Fresh Nutrition Education Program
Shannan Young, Senior Project Manager, Dairy Council of California
Lauren Headrick, State Farm to School Coordinator, University of Florida

Workshop Cost: $50 (includes lunch and materials)
Maximum Participants: 60
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“Ewww...don't make me!” Helping Children Overcome Picky Eating & Increase Physical Activity

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hosted by Colorado State University

This active and engaging session will provide parents and early care and education providers with tips on how to introduce new foods and incorporate physical activities in an effort to overcome picky eating and develop gross motor skills in preschoolers. These tips are designed to be used in classrooms, family childcare homes and shared with families to help establish healthy eating and physical activity behaviors in young children.

Rebecca Keigan, Food Friends Program Coordinator, Colorado State University
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 60

Driving Policy Change Through Community Mobilization to Advance Prevention

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hosted by Prevention Institute and California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Over the past decade, great strides have been made toward improving healthy eating and active living in communities. Creating healthy, equitable communities goes beyond changing individual behavior change and success has been possible through comprehensive efforts that work to change community environments and settings to make health the default choice. This interactive workshop co-led by Prevention Institute and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, will provide participants with examples, tools and activities that build capacity in building collaborative community partnerships, developing effective messaging frameworks, and engaging with elected officials to develop successful policy that supports healthy, active environments.  

Maureen Silva and Sandra Viera, Prevention Institute
Kanat Tibet and Jeanette Flores, California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials) 
Maximum Participants: 30

Theory to Practice: Practical Applications and Evaluation of Child Care Wellness Policies

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by Nemours

Early childhood is a critical period in which the foundations for lifelong preferences and habits are formed, and child care can be a critical venue to promote healthy eating and active living. Establishing a Wellness Policy can help a child care setting promote a consistent set of nutrition and physical activity standards despite the common turnover among children and staff. During this session, participants will learn how to develop custom wellness policies using research-based best practices and create a healthier learning environment to engage children in healthy eating and active living behaviors through curriculum, family engagement, and hands-on activities.

Kelly Rogers, Program Manager, Nemours
Sarah Kirchner, Research and Special Projects Coordinator, Nemours
Margie Natera, Project Coordinator, Nemours

Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 40

Building a Culture of Wellness

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by California Department of Education

A culture of wellness is present when all members of a community feel their health and well-being is prioritized. Why is this important in schools? Research demonstrates the positive connection between health and achievement. A positive school culture which includes an emphasis on wellness builds a culture of success. Barriers such as funding, competing priorities, staff time or lack of resources exist.

This interactive workshop will explain how to develop a culture of wellness at school and reduce barriers. Participants will walk away with tools necessary to create and enhance the culture of wellness at your school site and district.

David Saunders, School Health Education Consultant, California Department of Education
Stephanie Papas, School Health Education Consultant, California Department of Education
Jeannine Barbato, Program Consultant, California Department of Public Health

Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 50

Innovation through Collaboration: A Workshop on Implementing Health in All Policies

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by ChangeLab Solutions

The social determinants of health like education, employment, transportation, housing, food access, and water quality all have a profound impact on health outcomes. However, policies affecting the social determinants of health are typically implemented by agencies other than health departments. In order to encourage all sectors including non-traditional health sectors to systematically consider health in their policy development and implementation processes, communities across the country are implementing health in all policies (HiAP). This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the building blocks of a strong HiAP initiative and help participants identify the different opportunities that may arise to advance HiAP.

Rebecca Johnson, Policy Analyst, ChangeLab Solutions
Michael Osur, Deputy Director, Riverside County Department
Nanette Yandell, Public Health Policy Coordinator, Building Healthy Communities- Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands
Moderator: Heather Wooten, Vice President of Programs, ChangeLab Solutions

Workshop Cost: $0 for the first 25 to register, after that $50. (includes afternoon snack and materials)
Maximum Participants: 60

Applying RE-AIM: Building strong evaluation to improve policy, system, environment success

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by Public Health Institute

Policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change strategies that support healthy eating and physical activity are recommended for obesity prevention. In this workshop, participants will learn about the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance) framework and how to apply it for planning, evaluating, and improving PSE change interventions. We will discuss evaluation indicators and assessment tools for PSE strategies including healthy retail, school wellness policies, community gardens, healthy food and beverage standards, and farmers’ markets. Working in groups, participants will apply the RE-AIM framework and develop indicators appropriate to their own PSE work and/or interests.

Lauren Whetstone, Research Scientist, Public Health Institute
Sharon Sugarman, Program Manager, Public Health Institute
Barbara MkNelly, Nutrition Education and Evaluation Analyst, UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program State Office
Moderator: Betty Sun, Research Associate, Public Health Institute

Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 40

Building Youth-Driven Neighborhood Food Systems

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by RootDown LA, A project of Community Partners

Who do you target? When planning community nutrition programs, many believe it’s most effective to target young children and parents. So why does RootDown focus its core programming on teens? The youth in South Los Angeles are the connectors and early adopters in their community. When they like something, they let it be known. Today, RootDown is honing a model for building Youth-Driven Neighborhood Food Systems; we empower youth to build demand for, and increase supplies of healthy food in their neighborhoods. In this session, we describe the rationale for targeting teens, and let attendees participate in select program modules.

Megan Hanson, Executive and Programs Director, RootDown LA, A project of Community Partners
Karen Ramirez, Programs Manager, RootDown LA, A project of Community Partners
Andres Chopin, Culinary Instructor, RootDown LA, A project of Community Partners
Ana Torres, Programs Coordinator, RootDown LA, A project of Community Partners

Workshop Cost: Reduced fee of $40 for first 10 people who register. After that, $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 30

Working Collaboratively to Pop the Soda Bubble

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by San Francisco Department of Public Health

Multiple strategies are necessary to stem the consumption of sugary drinks, ranging from education, community engagement, organizational change and policy. In San Francisco a multidisciplinary team of partners have worked across a spectrum of strategies to decrease sugary drink consumption since 2008. This session will engage multiple partners (YouthSpeaks/The Bigger Picture/ UCSF, DPH) to provide an overview of efforts in San Francisco to reduce sugary drinks consumption including lessons learned from the November 2014 soda tax ballot initiative.

Christina Goette, Director, Shape Up San Francisco, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Roberto Vargas, Navigator, Community Engagement & Health Policy Program, University of California, San Francisco
Sarah Fine, Program Director, The Bigger Picture, Center for Vulnerable Populations, University of California, San Francisco

Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 45

Invitation Only Sessions

Building a Research Agenda to Support Emerging Nutrition Policy Priorities

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California

2014 reauthorization of the Farm Bill and 2015 reauthorization of the federal child nutrition programs highlight the challenges and opportunities facing the preservation and strengthening of nutrition policy at the state and federal levels. What are the key challenges and opportunities? What research do we have or do we need to support sound development and implementation of nutrition policy that will effectively contribute to the prevention of children's food insecurity and obesity? We plan to start by developing a list of priority policy opportunities and challenges. Then we will identify what research is available or underway that links to each policy item as well as the major research question(s) posed by the research. Admission to this session is by invitation only in order to facilitate a highly participatory discussion. We will develop a 1-2 page summary document, prioritizing major nutrition policy opportunities and concerns likely to emerge in the coming year, identifying the relevant research underway and the key research questions related to the policy items.

Lorrene Ritchie, Director and CE Specialist, Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California
Patricia Crawford, Director, Atkins Center for Weight and Health, University of California at Berkeley
Moderator: Mary Story, Professor, Community and Family Medicine & Global Health, Duke University

For more information please contact Kenneth Hecht,

Strengthening SNAP-Ed Programs, Policies, and Partnerships for Obesity Prevention

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hosted by USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Western Regional Office 

State Welfare agencies and SNAP-Ed Implementing agencies have a tremendous opportunity to work collaboratively to create healthier environments for obesity prevention. This full-day hands-on session will walk participants through a stratetegic process to maximize reach and effectiveness in their statewide SNAP-Ed program. Participants will explore the intersection of  partnerships and policy changes to achieve the goals of the State SNAP-Ed Plan. The Western Region SNAP-Ed Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Evaluation Framework will be used as a tool to map out obesity prevention activities and metrics across multiple setting and large-scale institutuons. This session is limited to State SNAP agencies and State SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies.  

Andrew Riesenberg, Food and Nutrition Service, Western Region

For more information please contact Andrew Riesenberg, 
To view the meeting agenda click here.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California Thriving School Partnership Grants - Grantee Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by Kaiser Permanente Southern California 

This session brings together Kaiser Permanente Southern California Thriving School Partnership Grantees. Attendees will convene to create a culture of health and wellness for students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools.

Speakers To Be Determined

For more information please contact Pia Banez, 

Binational Childhood Obesity Symposium/ Simposio Binacional de Obesidad Infantil

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hosted by California Department of Public Health, Office of Binational Border Health 

Obesity affects over 1/3 of the US adult population, and numbers are comparable in Mexico. Currently, Mexico has the world’s highest rate of childhood obesity (over 25% of children 5-11 years old) with the US coming in a close second (almost 20%).

The goal of this binational symposium is to present an overview of childhood obesity in the California-Baja California Border region with a look at successful projects, partnerships and promising practices. Experts from California and Baja California will share data, strategies and engage conference participants in a discussion around possible solutions and opportunities for binational collaboration. 

Speakers To Be Determined

For more information please contact Maggie Santibáñez, 

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