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Growing Healthy Communities Conference


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Growing Healthy Communities Conference

  • Phillips Academy Charter School 342 Central Avenue Newark, NJ 07103 USA (map)

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It takes a community to build a big idea.

Food Literacy Education and Social Entrepreneurship Can Change Culture. The Growing Healthy Communities Conferencegathers Educators, Administrators, non-profit leaders, and entrepreneurs together to make our children healthier and stronger through food literacy education and creative social action.

Keynote speakers and interactive workshops cover a wide range of topics on community health and social entrepreneurship. The conference aims to increase the reach and depth of our potential to grow healthy children, families, and neighborhoods.

Educators are our first line of defense in the battle to make our children healthier nationwide. They are also the most critical element when it comes to determining a community’s culture; serving as role models to students and their families. Schools, afterschool and summer programs are not only a place of academic learning, but of social development, providing a crucial environment to combat America’s growing health crisis- poor nutrition, its health effects, and community impact. It is our belief that we have the opportunity to be at the forefront of a movement to transform the eating habits of a generation, leading us towards a more healthy and sustainable future.

Join us to gain a better understanding of how, as educators and leaders, you can be empowered to become “Community Champions” through food literacy and social entrepreneurship. By understanding food systems, garden-based education, urban agriculture and the nuances of food politics, we can adopt better programs throughout our state that affect positive behavioral change for thousands of schools and communities.

6 Professional Development Credits for K-12 Educators

8:30 - 9:00 AM:
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 AM: Introduction and Welcome - Collaborating For Solutions - Miguel Brito, CEO Philip's Educational Partners & Jill Nadison, CEO REED Foundation for Autism
9:15 - 9:30 AM: 
Keynote Speaker - Chip Paillex - Founder America's Grow A Row - Opportunity to Serve a Purpose: Turning your passion into a way to help others
9:30 - 9:45 AM: Keynote Speaker - Austin Allan - Founder Tio Gazpacho - Quick and Nutritious in a Fast-Paced World
9:45 -10:00 AM:
10:00-11:00 AM: Workshop Session A
11:00 - 11:15 AM: Break
11:15 - 12:15 PM: Workshop Session B
12:15 - 1:15 PM: Lunch - FoodCorps - Cassidy Cabrera & Jae Zimmermann The Cafeteria as Classroom: Tasting the Harvest
1:15 - 2:15 PM: Workshop Session C
2:15 - 2:30 PM: Break
2:30 - 3:00 PM: Motivational Speaker - Summer Sanders - Former Olympic Swimming Champion, sports commentator and television host - Taking a Healthy Bite Out of Every Step of Life
3:00 - 4:00 PM: 
Networking Hour - Refreshments

Earlier Event: March 15
Great Family Challah Bake
Later Event: December 7
The Upside of Life Retreat