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Healthy Weight, Healthy Child Community Health Summit
Registration is now open. Join us May 15th to engage in identified strategies detailed in the Blueprint for a Healthier Generation, 2020.

Healthy Weight Healthy Child Community Health Summit
Blueprint for a Healthier Generation, 2020: Moving Forward

Join us May 15th for the Healthy Weight Healthy Child Community Health

Please Join Us

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Student Union Building, 3rd Floor
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28233

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Registration is now closed.


About the Summit

  • Registration is required to attend Summit.
  • Parking and Registration are FREE.
  • A healthy breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The conference will provide participants with an overview of the Healthy Weight, Healthy Child Initiative and The Blueprint for a Healthier Generation, 2020. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in two identified strategies detailed in the Blueprint and asked to provide feedback on how to move these strategies forward.

Keynote Speaker

JuliAnna Arnett is the Food Policy Manager for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (Initiative), a program facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners. In her position, she has provided oversight to the Healthy Works(SM) School and Community Gardens Program in the promotion of resident-friendly garden policies in San Diego County cities and school districts and the establishment of five regional garden education and training centers. In her tenure with the Initiative, Ms. Arnett has served on a number of state and local committees related to gardens, farm to school, farmers' markets, food stamps, and hunger. She is a founding member of the San Diego Food System Work Group and Nutrition in Healthcare Food Service Committee. Ms. Arnett also helps facilitate the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce.

Summit Agenda

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00-9:05 a.m.

Brief Welcome
E. Winters Mabry, MD, Mecklenburg County Health Director 


9:05-9:20 a.m.

UNC Charlotte and Community Health Initiatives
Nancy Fey-Yensan, PhD, Dean of UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services, UNC Charlotte

9:20-9:45 a.m.

Blueprint for a Healthier Generation, 2020
Jessica Schorr Saxe, MD, Chair of Healthy Weight, Healthy Child Advisory Team
Allison Mignery, RD, Healthy Weight Healthy Child Coordinator, Health Department
Lee Henderson, Smart Start of Mecklenburg

9:45-10:00 a.m. 

Fitness Break & Exhibits

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 1
Choose 1 of 6 sessions offered

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


12:30-2:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 2
Choose 1 of 6 sessions offered

2:00-2:15 p.m.

Break & Exhibits

2:15-3:00 p.m.

Keynote Address
JuliAnna Arnett, Community Health Improvement Partners, San Diego County, CA

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Youth Panel Discussion
Youth will discuss their contributions to Healthy Weight Healthy, Child initiatives

3:30 p.m.

Final Remarks & Adjourn

Breakout Sessions

Each participant will be able to attend two of the sessions described below. These sessions, from The Blueprint, will provide opportunity for education and participants will provide feedback on how to advance these efforts. 

  1. Increasing opportunities for physical activity through shared use of school and county facilities: School and local government officials can develop joint-use agreements that allow community members to use school-owned facilities during non-school hours. In turn, communities can offer facilities to schools to use, such as tracks and swimming pools.
  2. Encourage active transportation by supporting the Safe Routes to School Program: Safe Routes to School (SRTS) brings together parents, schools, and community leaders to encourage students to walk and bike to school. SRTS focuses on improving walking and biking conditions around schools while creating healthy activity habits and safety skills. 
  3. Improve clinical assessment and treatment of childhood obesity: Family physicians and pediatricians can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity by better recognizing children at risk, recommending appropriate screenings and working with parents as part of a standardized treatment.
  4. Encourage farmers’ markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits: Provide awareness of farmers’ markets accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to low income individuals.
  5. Improve vending machine options in local schools: Adopting and implementing vending machine policies that either prohibit the sale of unhealthy food and beverages or restrict vending machine sales to healthy snacks can help provide a healthy food environment for school children.
  6. Increase the number of school and classroom gardens: Create edible school gardens that integrate gardening and nutrition education into curricula, while providing opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating. School gardens can increase knowledge of fruits and vegetables and encourage increased consumption.

For more information, please contact the Kerry Burch, MPH at 704-432-4249.

Summit presented by:

  • UNC Charlotte Public Health Student Associations
  • The Duke Endowment 
  • The Children’s Alliance
  • Mecklenburg Healthy Carolinians
  • Mecklenburg County Health Department
  • Smart Start Mecklenburg
  • UNC Charlotte Department of Public Health Sciences


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