Sessions

General Conference Evaluation Opening Plenary 1 Opening Plenary 2 keynote IOM plenary Golden Wellness 1 Golden Wellness 2 Golden Wellness 3 School Nutrition Healthy Checkout Lanes Y Street Plenary Continuing Medical Education Evaluation CME Evaluation Golden Wellness 3

Concurrent Session 1

Community Gardens: Ready, Let’s Grow! Community Gardens PowerPoint

Community gardens play a valuable role in creating healthier communities by providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, physical activity, and educational opportunities. Local partnerships to create and sustain these important community resources are essential. This session will focus on first steps to create local community gardens, strategies to support community gardens, and how partnerships with local organizations are critical to long term success.

Eric Bendfelt, Extension Specialist, Community Viability, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Ryan Blosser, Project GROWS Coordinator

 

Outdoor Spaces Equal Healthy Places Outdoor Spaces Equal Healthy Places PowerPoint

One way to empower Virginians to be healthy is to link them to opportunities for recreation, exercise and enjoyment outdoors. Today there is a renewed focus on “nature’s ability to heal,” whether at the beach, mountains or in a park. Local, state and federal public lands as well as private resources offer rich opportunities for outdoor recreation. During this session, panelists from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network (ACOAN) will share strategies for promoting opportunities for physical activity outdoors. Participants will learn to identify the linkages between health and outdoor activity and discuss how state, regional and local partnerships are formed to promote physical activity and recreation outdoors.

Elizabeth Johnson, Fellow, ACOAN

Courtney Kissell, Executive Director of The Reading Connection, ACOAN

Jennifer Wampler, MURP, Trails Coordinator, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

 

Engaging Faith-Based Partners Engaging Faith-Based Partners PDF

Faith-based organizations have been strong community partners in addressing health and well-being for children and families. Trusted leaders and members of faith communities and neighborhood-based organizations can contribute valuable human capital, buildings, kitchens, and land to projects that encourage children and their families to live healthier lifestyles. Many faith-based groups also operate food banks and food pantries to address hunger. Additionally children learn many lessons about healthy living in faith- and community-based settings that set the foundation for their lifestyles as adults. During this session, participants will discover strategies to engage faith-based and neighborhood organizations and provide the tools to help them promote healthy choices in their communities.

Margaret Goldberger, M.H.A., Co-Chair, Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition

Sandy Thompson R.N., M.S.N., Co-Chair, Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition

Sarah White, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Fairfax County

 

Attention: Fun Recess Ahead! Attention: Fun Recess Ahead! PowerPoint

Recess breaks offer unique opportunities throughout each school day to have fun while also providing a much-needed brain break for kids. But when aggressive physical play and bullying behaviors begin, recess becomes the most dreaded fifteen minutes of a teacher’s day. With some creativity and basic equipment like hula hoops, cones and playground balls, recess can be transformed to cultivate an inclusive environment that encourages all children to participate, regardless of athletic ability, weight or disability. During this session, presenters from the Greater Richmond Fit4Kids and Live Healthy Lynchburg will share strategies for creating an active and fun recess and ways to engage all students in a positive, inclusive, and physically active environment. Presenters will highlight tools and resources available to promote and evaluate active recess and how it can contribute to the physical, emotional, and social health of school-aged children.

Anne Bond-Gentry, Student Services Coordinator, Lynchburg City Schools

Mary Dunne Stewart, Executive Director, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

Leslie Hoglund, Live Healthy Lynchburg!

 

Physicians – Vital Players in Addressing Childhood Overweight/Obesity
PowerPoint 1 Physicians Vital Players PowerPoint 1
PowerPoint 2 Physicians Vital Players PowerPoint 2

Healthcare providers play a key role in identifying childhood overweight and obesity and providing resources to families to help them stay healthy. This session will describe how two Virginia physicians have addressed childhood obesity in their localities. Presenters will describe how physicians play a role in a “medical neighborhood” collaboration in southwestern Virginia and how a busy primary care office in Central Virginia has developed a healthy lifestyle program for youth and families.

Stacy Hinderliter, M.D., Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency

Hanna Jawaroski, M.D., Pediatrician, Carilion Clinic, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

Colleen Kraft, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Pediatric Program Director, Carilion Clinic

Jennifer Denise Rhodes Cunningham R.N., M.S.N., ANP-C, ACNP-C, M.D., Lynchburg Family Medicine

Shital Patel M.D., CentraHealth

 

Like, Follow, Share: Are Your Health Messages Reaching Today’s Families?
Presentation 1 Like Follow Share PowerPoint 1
Presentation 2 Like Follow Share PowerPoint 1
Presentation 3 Like Follow Share 3 PDF

Approximately 75% of American adolescents ages 12-17 have mobile phones and 2/3 of mobile phone users ages 15-24 have devices with “smartphone” features such as mobile Internet access. Nearly everyone has access to television, social networks and social media making these prime avenues to deliver interactive nutrition, physical activity, and weight management help. During this session, panelists will discuss the power of traditional and social media in building prevention communities and growing the obesity prevention movement.

Kacie Allen, Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise, Virginia Tech

Nimali Fernando, M.D., M.P.H., PL Pediatrics, The Doctor Yum Project

Jamie Zoellner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise, Virginia Tech

 

Concurrent Session 2

 

Farm to Where You Are: Closer Connections through Farmer’s Markets and Farm to School Programs
PowerPoint 1 Like Follow Share PowerPoint 1
PowerPoint 2Like Follow Share PowerPoint 1

A lack of access to fresh, healthy foods can contribute to poor diets and higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases. Increasing access to locally grown foods through Farmer’s Markets and Farm to School programs can be an opportunity to foster healthier families by increasing fruit and vegetable intake and a way to provide valuable garden-based experiential learning programs for young people. During this session, panelists will share effective strategies for offering locally grown foods through worksite farmer’s markets and local farm to school programs.

Matt Benson, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Virginia Tech

Robert W. Lazaro Jr., Community Affairs Executive, Inova

Kim Niewolny, Ph.D., Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Virginia Tech

 

Rx Physical Activity Rx PowerPoint

Currently, less than 50% of high school youth in Virginia meet the daily recommendation for 60 minutes of physical activity. Pediatricians and other healthcare providers can give valuable advice to their patients regarding healthy eating and physical activity. During this session, participants will hear from medical practitioners who encourage physical activity through community-based programs and the use of online fitness instruction tools.

Dominique Williams, M.D., FAAP, Medical Director, CHKD Healthy You for Life

 

BMI Benchmarks – Standardizing Weight Status Assessments in Virginia Schools BMI Benchmarks PDF

Many school districts across the Commonwealth are collecting body mass index (BMI) data for students and many others are interested in ways to begin collecting this information. The Hampton Roads Child and Adolescent BMI Data Collection Initiative is an attempt to standardize student weight status data collection and analysis. During this session, presenters will outline ways to replicate this process in their own communities, benchmark their own community child weight status against state and federal reference rates, and intervene with federal or private funders either individually or with other communities who collect their data in a comparable format.

Patti Kiger, M.Ed., Ph.D. Candidate, Executive Director, Eastern Shore Healthy Communities

Amy Paulson, M.P.H., AE-C, Director, Consortium for Infant and Child Health

 

It Takes a Village: The Healthier Generation Benefit Program Village PowerPoint

Launched in 2009, the Alliance’s Healthier Generation Benefit (HGB) is a unique collaborative of insurers, national medical associations, Emory University, and employers that offer comprehensive health benefits for the prevention, assessment, and treatment of childhood obesity. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, Anthem VA has been instrumental in identifying best practices and engaging both providers and consumers. During this session, participants will hear from a panel that will share how a multidisciplinary team can collaborate to find sustainable ways to address childhood obesity.

Jeanne Lindros, M.P.H., Manager of Obesity Initiatives, American Academy of Pediatrics

Rhonda Keith, State Health Index Lead, WellPoint

Kim Rask, M.D., Ph.D., Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

Lise Gloede, R.D., CDE, Nutrition Coaching, LLC, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

 

Building Community-Academic Partnerships
PowerPoint 1 Building Community PowerPoint
PowerPoint 2 Building Community PowerPoint

Community-academic partnerships are dynamic collaborations that can strengthen local initiatives and assist universities with ongoing research efforts. These alliances often follow the community-based participatory research model and tap into numerous college/university resources for the benefit of local level projects. This type of cooperative agreement can provide unique learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level students while benefitting a locality by collaboratively addressing a problem. During this session, panelists will share how their community-academic partnerships can be a win-win specifically for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

Jennie Hill, Ph.D., Assistance Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise, Virginia Tech

Elizabeth Holbrook, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, Roanoke College

Hanna Jawaroski, M.D., Pediatrician, Carilion Clinic, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

Bryan Price, Chair, Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community

Jamie Zoellner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise, Virginia Tech

 

Menu Labeling as a Strategy to Reduce Obesity
PowerPoint 1 Menu Labeling PowerPoint 1
PowerPoint 2Menu Labeling PowerPoint 2

American adults and children consume on average one third of their daily calories from meals eaten away from home. This has prompted growing interest in restaurant menu labeling as a way to provide information on calories, fat, sodium and other selected nutrients in menu items at the point of purchase.

Educating customers on what is in the food they are going to eat gives them the power to make the correct choices for their personal diets. This session will focus on the steps one restaurant concept took to posting calories on menu panels and the benefit it provides the customers.

Katie Bengston, M.S., R.D., L.D., Nutrition Manager, Panera Bread

Elena Serrano, Ph.D., R.D., Association Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech

 

Concurrent Session 3

 

Log On for Healthy Eating and Active Living

Emerging as a new tool for obesity prevention, web-based education is being used by public health and healthcare organizations to share nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention information with youth and families. These web-based programs reach youth, schools, and families with easy to understand, creative messages to choose healthy foods, track physical activity, or be active as a family. During this session, participants will hear from two organizations in Virginia currently utilizing web-based educational programs to improve knowledge, share new information, and use interactive games to reinforce lessons promoting about healthy living.

Laura Brennan, M.S., Systems Management, James Madison University

Patricia Kennedy, M.Ed, Education, James Madison University

Cynthia Rubnstein, Ph.D., R.N., CPNP-PC, James Madison University

Charlotte Perkins, Performance Management Officer, Bon Secours Virginia

Paula Garrett, M.S., R.D., WIC Program Manager, Virginia Department of Health

 

Partnering with Local Governments for Healthy Eating, Active Living Partnering with Local Governments PDF

How can local decision makers in Virginia institute healthy eating and active living practices in their communities? This session will provide resources to local government leaders and community members on how to craft and adopt policies that promote healthy eating, active living, and workplace wellness at the city/county level. Representatives from Healthy Eating, Activity Living (HEAL) Cities & Towns in Virginia will discuss proven strategies and share techniques to use with local government officials, staff, and community organizations looking to institutionalize systems change through policy adoption.

Carla L. Jones, MUEP, Institute for Public Health Innovation


Healthy Snacks on the Go Healthy Snacks PowerPoint

Vending machines in schools, park districts, and other public venues provide easy, on the go snacks and beverages but many only offer foods of low nutritional value. As part of a community-wide health initiative, the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network (ACOAN) is moving toward a healthy vending machine policy to ensure that the majority of snacks sold in City-operated vending machines are healthy. During this session, participants will learn from ACOAN representatives a process for assessing vending machine offerings, providing healthier alternatives, and developing a healthy vending policy.

Marley Nelms, M.P.A., R.D., Community Coordinator, Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network/Alexandria Health Department

Tricia Rodgers, M.A. M.S.W., Northern Virginia Health Foundation

 

Creating Active Out-of-School Time
PowerPoint 1 Active School Time PowerPoint 1
PowerPoint 2 Active School Time PowerPoint 2

The National Physical Activity Guidelines recommend youth participate in physical activity of at least moderate intensity for one hour per day. How can kids get their bodies moving during “out of school” time? In this session, participants will learn from experts who have successfully increased physical activity in the out-of-school time setting in an effort to promote lifelong physical activity. The presenters will showcase teaching strategies and motivational interviewing techniques proven to enhance inclusion, activity levels, and student enjoyment

Kayla Craddock, Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness

Ann Favero, HCAT Coordinator at the Martinsville and Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness

Erica Sims Goode, CPRP, City of Charlottesville, Parks and Recreation Department

Robin Schroyer, Ph.D., R.D., Community Task Force on Childhood Obesity

Barbara Yager, Co-Chair, Community Task Force on Childhood Obesity

 

The Breakfast Connection
Presentation 1 Breakfast Connection 1 PDF
Presentation 2 Presentation 2 PowerPoint

What if you could make one change that would help children and teens be healthier while also improving their academic performance in school? This hands-on session will explore the science linking breakfast to academic achievement. Participants will enjoy breakfast themselves as they learn how creative approaches, like ‘Breakfast in the Classroom’ and ‘Grab and Go Breakfast,’ which can help ensure students eat breakfast, even if food insecurity is an issue. Expect some surprises as this session reviews practical solutions, community partnerships, and funding opportunities

Kristin Brittle, R.D., Southeast Dairy Association

Robert Shayne, M.D., Obesity Taskforce Chair, VA Chapter AAP

 

Creating Mom-Friendly Worksites
PowerPoint 1 Mom-Friendly Worksites PowerPoint 1
PowerPoint 2 Mom-Friendly Worksites PowerPoint 2

Breastfeeding provides numerous health benefits for both mother and baby. The purpose of this session is to promote breastfeeding and lactation support for new mothers and healthy feeding practices through infancy. In this session, participants will hear from experts in two areas of Virginia about how they have used the Business Case for Breastfeeding intervention to support breastfeeding in a variety of work environments. Additionally, participants will learn successful strategies for gaining community and business support for breastfeeding.

Laura Alexander, M.P.H., Health Educator Senior, New River Health District

Amy Paulson, M.P.H., AE-C, Director, Consortium for Infant and Child Health

Katie Van Horn, Prevention Specialist, New River Valley Community Services