Pre-Conference Sessions
June 17, 2013

The following pre-conference sessions will take place on Monday, June 17, 2013.

Open to All Conference Registrants:

New! Leveraging Quality Improvement to Improve Healthy Environments in Early Care and Education

Long Beach by Bike Tour

High Activity Solutions for a Low Activity World

Raising Self-Esteem through Creative Fitness Activities

Training Tools for Healthy Schools: Promoting Health and Academic Success

Schools/Community Collaboration: Focal Point for Obesity Prevention

Introduction to Practical Evaluation

Evaluation 201: Logic Models, Evaluation Questions, and Data Sources

How to Work with Local Officials to Spur Policy Adoption

Eat Healthy, Be Active: Preventing Childhood Obesity through Early Childhood Education

Tour:  Building Healthy Communities and HEAL Zones in Long Beach

The Growing Experience ~ Tour and Learn about Urban Farm Program in Long Beach!

Youth Engagement - Getting Beyond Tokenism in Food and Fitness Community Projects

By Invitation Only:

Kaiser Permanente Grantee Meeting

 

 


NEW! Leveraging Quality Improvement to Improve Healthy Environments in Early Care and Education

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Hosted by Nemours
The session will feature a moderated discussion among participants in the field of obesity prevention in the early care and education (ECE) setting, focusing on the spread and scale of quality improvement methods and best practices to help ECE settings improve the quality of care for children. The primary goal of the session is to identify opportunities for leveraging quality improvement methods to implement and spread impactful, sustainable policy and practice improvements in ECE programs.

Nicola Edwards, Nutrition Policy Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates
Allison Gertel-Rosenberg, Nemours
Geraldine Henchy, Director, Nutrition Policy, Food Research and Action Center

Paula James, Director, Child Health and Nutrition Program, Contra Costa Child Care Council
Workshop Cost: Complimentary (registration sponsored by Nemours)
Maximum Participants: 50 


Long Beach by Bike Tour

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Hosted by Livable Communities
Long Beach’s blossoming "Bicycle Friendly Business Districts” and dynamic, diverse and growing bike culture inspires others to see their own cities and neighborhoods in new ways allowing them to envision their own "bike-friendly" futures.  The popular "Long Beach by Bike" tour is an easy, scenic eight-mile loop through the city's progressive bike infrastructure and gives a "hands on" experience of what is possible. The tour includes the new state-of-the art Bikestation, separated bike lanes in downtown Long Beach, a cruise along the beach path, the famous green "sharrows" (chevrons combined with bicycle stencils placed in the center of  a travel lane indicating  that bicycles and motor vehicles share the lane) in Belmont Shore and more.  This tour accommodates all levels of fitness, cycling skills and comfort levels.  Take a visual pre-tour by checking out this video.

Charlie Gandy -  Long Beach Mobility Adviser
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes bike rental and helmet)  
Maximum Participants: 20

High Activity Solutions for a Low Activity World

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Hosted by SPARK
It’s 2013 – what do we know about increasing physical activity during school, after school and in the community? What content motivates students to move? Which teaching strategies lead to measurable outcomes? Attend this workshop and learn three overarching themes that drive successful physical activity programs. This session will showcase activities and pedagogy techniques that have been proven to work in the “real world.” Rated RR for Relevant and Resourceful!

Paul Rosengard, Executive Director, SPARK
Thom McKenzie, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University
Julie Frank, Director, Coordinated School Health Initiative, SPARK
Workshop Cost: $25
Maximum Participants: 50


Raising Self-Esteem through Creative Fitness Activities

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Hosted by Skillastics
Learn how to implement fun and easy fitness and nutritional activities that will get students back on track. Learn how to increase student fitness levels, teach simple nutrition tips, and improve student motivation and success while decreasing off task behaviors. Learn to create a culture and language of health and fitness by focusing on skills and not as much "games." Fitness novices welcome in this one-of-a-kind workshop! Get ready to move!

Sandy Slade, President and Founder, Skillastics
Workshop Cost: Reduced fee of $30 for first 30 people who register. After that, $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 50


Training Tools for Healthy Schools: Promoting Health and Academic Success

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Hosted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC will train participants on creating a healthy school. Participants will learn strategies to address obesity in schools using recommendations from the School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. Participants will then be trained on assessing health policies and practices in schools using the School Health Index. Trainers will address how stakeholders can increase support for youth health by working with schools to use these tools.

Allison Nihiser, Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Seraphine Pitt Barnes, Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 50 


Schools/Community Collaboration: Focal Point for Obesity Prevention

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.mHosted by California Department of Education, Dairy Council of California and California Action for Healthy Kids
How does a community come together, embrace student wellness and make it a reality? This session will include research on community-wide collaborations that strengthen schools as the heart of health.  You will hear examples of schools thriving in successful partnerships with their community to enhance student nutrition and physical activity. Discover how the California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative can support you with strategies for working with diverse partners. Come away with a wealth of practical tools including sample presentations, implementation plans, county nutrition action plans aligned with schools, nutrition education, and sample policy language tailored to community priorities.

Heather Reed and Deborah Tamannaie, California Department of Education
Jackie Russum and Shene Onye, California Healthy Kids Resource Center
Martin Gonzalez, California School Boards Association
Debbie Asada and Shannan Young, Dairy Council of California
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes boxed lunch and materials)
Maximum Participants: 70


Introduction to Practical Evaluation

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Hosted by UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention/Center for Training and Research Translation
In recent years, public health practice has largely shifted to intervening at the policy, systems and environment levels for obesity prevention rather than at the individual level. The evidence base for the effectiveness of these approaches is growing; however, if we are to truly understand what works for obesity prevention in public health practice, more process and outcome evaluations are needed from the field. To ensure that public health practitioners are fully prepared to help build the evidence base, practical evaluation skills are essential. In this pre-conference workshop, instructors will provide an overview of the role of evaluation in: improving programs and policies, determining if program/policy implementation went as planned, determining program/policy effectiveness, and contributing to the evidence base for obesity prevention. Participants will learn through lecture and hands-on activities how to create and use a logic model for the entire evaluation process. This workshop is designed for those who do NOT know how to create or use a logic model.

Jennifer Leeman, Co-Principal Investigator, Center for Training and Research Translation & Assistant Professor, UNC School of Nursing
Abby Lowe,Evaluation Team Lead and Translation Research Associate, Center for Training and Research Translation
Avia Mainor,Training Team Lead, Center for Training and Research Translation
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 60


Evaluation 201: Logic Models, Evaluation Questions and Data Sources

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Hosted by UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention/Center for Training and Research Translation
Public health practitioners are adopting and implementing evidence-based interventions in a wide variety of settings. Practitioners are increasingly being called upon to implement interventions that target change at the levels of policy, systems and environments (PSE). PSE interventions are essential to creating the contexts needed to support healthier behaviors in the places where people eat, work, live, and play. However, PSE strategies can be challenging to evaluate. In this interactive workshop, we will present an approach to evaluating PSE interventions. Participants will also learn about how different evaluation approaches contribute to the evidence base for obesity prevention. The Center TRT’s Evaluation Framework will serve as the guiding framework for the presentation. Content will be taught through both lecture and hands-on activities.

Jennifer Leeman, Co-Principal Investigator, Center for Training and Research Translation & Assistant Professor, UNC School of Nursing
Abby Lowe,Evaluation Team Lead and Translation Research Associate, Center for Training and Research Translation
Avia Mainor,Training Team Lead, Center for Training and Research Translation
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 60


How to Work with Local Officials to Spur Policy Adoption

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Hosted by California Center for Public Health Advocacy
The session will showcase two successful models of policymaker engagement underway in California that have yielded over 140 policies and resolutions. One uses a grassroots organizing strategy in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County; the second partners with the League of California Cities through statewide Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign. The session will include remarks by a municipal elected official and will offer an opportunity for participants to devise steps for working with their own local officials.

Charlotte Dickson, Director of Local Policy, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Kanat Tibet, Local Policy Specialist, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Jeanette Flores, Local Policy Specialist, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 75


Eat Healthy, Be Active: Preventing Childhood Obesity through Early Childhood Education

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Hosted by The University of Georgia
Childhood obesity is a global health problem with well-documented consequences. Early childhood educators play crucial roles in preventing childhood obesity by shaping children’s eating and physical activity habits during the preschool years, when children are forming lifelong habits. This workshop will introduce the Eat Healthy, Be Active initiative to teach nutrition and physical activity through developmentally appropriate classroom activities, family involvement and teacher training. Preliminary evaluation results will be highlighted.

Diane Bales, Associate Professor/Human Development Specialist, Human Development and Family Science/Cooperative Extension, The University of Georgia
Charlotte Wallinga, Associate Professor, The University of Georgia
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 35


Tour:  Building Healthy Communities and HEAL Zones in Long Beach

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Hosted by Kaiser Permanente
This mobile tour through the city of Long Beach will showcase The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities site and Kaiser Permanente’s HEAL Zone. Visit locations where community residents are working with the city, community-based organizations and elected officials to enact policy changes that promote healthy eating and active living. These community collaboratives are aiming for changes in schools, parks, food retail outlets, and health care facilities.

Andrea Azuma, Community Benefit Project Manager, Kaiser Permanente
Jennifer Chheang, Program Manager, The California Endowment
Shawna Stevens, Family Health Education Center Coordinator, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
Brian Ulaszewski, Executive Director, City Fabrick
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 42


The Growing Experience ~ Tour and Learn About Urban Farm Program in Long Beach!

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Hosted by City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and The Growing Experience: Urban Farm and Market
Enjoy a walking tour of The Growing Experience’s 7-acre urban farm and community garden. After a short bus ride to the farm, participants will receive an overview of the farm’s community supported agriculture (CSA) program and new Farmers’ Market, will learn, from a participant’s perspective, about our Urban Agriculture Training Program, and will also receive a brief Master Food Preserver demonstration from the University of California Cooperative Extension.The tour will also include information and presentations from other local farms and community nutrition programs, as well as healthy food samples prepared by local chef(s) featuring some produce grown in our farm.

Jimmy Ng, Program Director, The Growing Experience: Urban Farm and Market
Urban Agriculture Training Program Participant
University of California Cooperative Extension Certified Master Food Preserver
Additional speakers from other area local farms
Workshop Cost: $50 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 42


Youth Engagement - Getting Beyond Tokenism in Food and Fitness Community Projects

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Hosted by CANFIT
Not sure how to engage youth in meaningful ways in your nutrition and physical activity work? Join us for a 4-hour interactive session that will answer your questions, provide information on the theory of youth engagement, discuss practical techniques for developing youth-friendly policy solutions, and share successful strategies that communities and national youth groups have used to involve youth in healthy eating and physical activity systems change work.

Arnell Hinkle, Executive Director, CANFIT
Hai Vo, Consultant, CANFIT
Lloyd Nadal, Children & Youth Programs Manager, Network for a Healthy California
Workshop Cost: $65 (includes materials)
Maximum Participants: 75


Invitation Only

Kaiser Permanente Grantee Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Hosted by Kaiser Permanente
This session brings together Kaiser Permanente grantees from across the country working on Healthy Eating and Active Living efforts to support peer connections and sharing of learnings.

Loel Solomon, Kaiser Permanente
Additional Speakers TBD
For more information please contact Laura Rubin [email protected].