Promoting Healthy Communities and Preventing Childhood Obesity Meeting 2014


Hilton Garden Inn, Denver, Colorado
July 21-22, 2014

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Monday, July 22

8:30-9 a.m.

Welcome and Program Overview

Martha King, Group Director, NCSL Health Program

9-9:45 a.m.

Plenary Session:  When Kids Win, Communities Win:  A Status Update on Childhood Obesity Prevention in the States

This session will discuss the positive effects of policies for active living and healthy eating on communities and states. It will also identify remaining challenges in preventing childhood obesity, especially in underserved communities, and suggest paths to move forward.

Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D., Director, Leadership for Healthy Communities, Washington, D.C. - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-12 pages)

10-11:30 a.m.

Policies in Practice: Physical Activity in Schools and Communities

Being physically active helps to prevent and reduce obesity. Research indicates that increasing physical activity depends upon building in many opportunities for kids to keep moving. Children who are physically active achieve at higher levels academically and behave better in school. This session highlights policy-created programs for physical activity and physical education on the way to school—such as safe routes to school—and at school—such as enhanced physical education and physical activity breaks, and through shared after-school community use of school recreation facilities.

Monica Lounsbery, Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev. - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-15 pages)

Dan Grunig, Executive Director, Bicycle Colorado, Denver, Colo.- "Powerpoint" (PDF file-7 pages)

11:30 a.m.- Noon

Childhood Obesity and Military Readiness—Unfit to Fight?

Presentation about the effect of childhood obesity on America’s military readiness.

Casey W. Coane, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), Mission: Readiness - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-5 pages)

Noon - 1 p.m.

Working Lunch—State Team Meeting #1: Issue Identification—What's Important to the State?

State teams will have the opportunity to meet over lunch and identify the healthy communities' issues facing their own states, schools and communities and the stakeholders/levels of government that are essential in developing strategies to address those issues.

1:15-3:15 p.m.

Tour of Active Living and Healthy Eating Programs at Schmitt Elementary  

Attendees will visit Schmitt Elementary in southwest Denver, hearing from school and community stakeholders how the school’s farm and garden are integrated with curriculum and promoting healthy choices and behaviors. Attendees will also learn about Safe Routes to School and playground improvements at Schmitt and Denver Public Schools in general. 

Lois Brink, Director, Denver Public Schools Learning Landscapes, and Professor, University of Colorado, College of Architecture and Planning, Denver, Colo.
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Plenary Session:  Overview of Active Living/Healthy Eating State Legislation

NCSL tracks and analyzes state legislation on healthy community design, access to healthy food, physical activity, nutrition and other childhood obesity issues.  NCSL staff will brief workshop participants on trends in state legislation and highlight important examples in each category.

Douglas Shinkle, Program Principal, NCSL Energy, Environment & Transportation Program- "Powerpoint" (PDF file-8 pages)

Martha King, Group Director, NCSL Health Program

4:30-5 p.m.

State Teams Meeting #2: Status of Active Living/Healthy Eating Programs—What's Working?

This second breakout session will engage state teams in discussions about the types of programs and policies that are working in their state and, where progress is slow, what obstacles need to be overcome to achieve success.
Tuesday, July 22

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Policies in Practice: Nurturing Healthier Food Choices from Schools to Communities

Nutritious choices encourage healthy eating. This session will highlight successful policy-created programs that provide greater access to healthy foods in schools.

Jeremy West, Nutrition Service Director, Greeley-Evans Weld County School District and Immediate Past Chair of Colorado Farm to School Task Force, Greeley, Colo.- "Powerpoint" (PDF file-16 pages)

Honorable Joyce Elliott, State Senator, Arkansas- "Powerpoint" (PDF file-9 pages)

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Interactive Healthy Communities Legislator Dialogue

This moderated discussion session will provide legislators and participants with the opportunity to discuss and learn more about a range of healthy communities topics including progress and lessons learned in promoting healthy communities and preventing childhood obesity in participating states and to take their knowledge back to their teams.

Facilitator: Larry Morandi, Director, State Policy Research Division, NCSL
10:45-11:45 a.m.

State Teams Meeting #3: Developing Action Strategies

This final breakout session will focus state teams on discussing strategies and policy options they may consider in the coming year to promote healthier communities and reduce childhood obesity.

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Working Lunch & State ReportsLearning from Each Other/Next Steps Forward

Brief presentations from each state team.