Going into its fifth year, the Healthy Schools Summit is ready to dive into the world of healthy schools on April 24 at the Ramada in Fargo. You may be thinking, what is this Summit all about OR you might be questioning who is speaking at an event like this. All the answers are right here, plus we’ll add in just a bit more detail to answer those questions that you haven’t thought of yet. Let us explain to you why you should be attending the 2014 Healthy Schools Summit! Oh, we almost forgot – don’t worry about the price tag because there isn’t any – we are providing all of this to you FOR FREE! Register here.
1. The Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Katz, MD, MPG, FACPM, FACP
If those letters behind his name aren’t enough to intrigue you, maybe the following list of accomplishments will: founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center; Founder and President of the Turn the Tide Foundation, Inc.; Director & Founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital; Principal Inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI) – Chief Science Officer, NuVal, LLC; Editor-in-Chief of the Childhood Obesity Journal; and is the Senior Medical Advisor at MindStream Academy. Whew, that’s a lot to rattle off, but is also the many reasons why Katz’s time in Fargo is one of the best opportunities you’ll run into! He has also published nearly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters; innumerable blogs and columns, nearly 1,000 newspaper articles; and authored or co-authored 15 books to day, including multiple editions of textbooks in both Nutrition and Preventative Medicine. If you’d still like to know more, there is plenty to read about Katz, just visit his website at www.davidkatzmd.com.
2. The Breakouts
- Physical Activity idea for classrooms (2 sessions)
Professors from three universities will take their turn not only sharing ideas for best practices on increasing the amount of physical activity in your everyday classroom, but also walking through how to introduce Comprehensive School Physical Activity Plans that will help everyone get involved.
School Food Service (2 sessions)
Hear from the Assistant Director of Child Nutrition Programs at N.D. Department of Public Instruction, Deb Egeland, as she takes you through a culinary bootcamp OR swing into Lakes Country Service Cooperative’s session with Dana Rieth as she presents the concept of Comfortable Cafeterias.
- Leadership (2 sessions)Two fantastic sessions here to help provide great leadership within district and individual schools. Everyone needs to be on board to implement the health and physical activity movement. Dr. David Katz will be involved in a moderated open forum of sorts to tackle some of the biggest struggles schools are facing, plus West Fargo Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Beth Slette will incorporate tactics for “Leading Change for Healthy Outcomes.”
3. The Health Pitches
Over 10 health pitches will round out the days sessions with each taking 3 minutes to share what ideas/programs are being implemented in other schools around the state. Topics range from Healthy Concessions to Food Hub Concert to Bike Fleets and more. There are so many great ideas out there that are working and we want you to know about them! Find what you like and make it happen in your school.
4. The Resources
A full-day of health-related programming and activities guarantees that there will be countless resources, whether they are take-away documents or new contacts to reach out to, right at your fingertips – it’s just up to you to grab them and use them to their full potential.
5. The Experience
It isn’t often you get to be amongst so many individuals who are passionate about the same thing you are, plus have a highly-recognized and riveting speaker right in front of you telling you the best, brightest, up-and-coming information that’s out there. DID WE MENTION IT’S FREE!? Being at the Healthy Schools Summit helps put things into perspective of what is possible for our students’ futures and what we can do the help make them the best they can be. Be a part of something that can lead to big changes in our schools.