Along with our partners at the Broome County Health Department, FaHN is hosting Growing Health: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities on April 7. This half-day forum will focus on practical food buying strategies that worksites, community groups, institutions and government organizations can use to promote health and wellness.
We’re looking forward to hearing from exciting speakers from Capital District Child Care Council, Farm to Institution New York State, Lourdes Hospital, Broome-Tioga BOCES, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Broome County, Schenectady County Public Health Department, Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, and the Broome County Health Department, as well as a keynote from Dr. Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
Read the official press release below, and register for the conference here.
.Center for Science in the Public Interest Nutritionist Dr. Margo Wootan to Speak in Binghamton
Dr. Wootan will speak at Growing Health: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities on April 7, along with food and nutrition professionals from around New York State
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.—Mar. 30, 2016—Dr. Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), as well as a variety of food, nutrition and health experts from around the state will speak at Growing Health: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities on April 7 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The forum, hosted by the Broome County Health Department and the Food & Health Network of South Central New York (FaHN), will focus on practical food buying strategies that worksites, community groups, institutions and government organizations can use to promote health and wellness.
Held at the Binghamton DoubleTree by Hilton, the forum will include breakfast and refreshments sourced from local farms. Along with the keynote by Dr. Wootan, the event will include two workshops and networking opportunities.
“Obesity and food insecurity are critical issues that affect the health and economies of our communities. Adopting strategies such as nutrition standards for food service, healthy meeting policies and worksite CSAs can increase access to nutritious food, improve health and support local agriculture,” said Erin Summerlee, Coordinator of FaHN. “Everyone has a role to play—from schools and institutions to worksites and businesses—in building a culture of health throughout the community.”
Workshop 1, “Finding and Buying Healthy Food,” will highlight healthy food purchasing models and offer tips on group buying and working with vendors. The panel will include discussion on farm to institution, a purchasing model that encourages institutions like schools and hospitals to buy from local farms. Panelists include:
- Darlene Yule, MPH, ATC, Community Health and Development Director at Capital District Child Care Council
- Glenda Neff, Co-Coordinator of Farm to Institution New York State, a project of American Farmland Trust New York
- Julie Leonard, RD, CDN, TouchPoint Clinical Nutrition Manager at Lourdes Hospital
- Raymond Denniston, Special Project Coordinator for Food Services, Broome-Tioga BOCES
- Laura Biasillo, Agricultural Economic Development Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Broome County
The second workshop, “Developing Policies and Building Support,” will offer tips for organizations on how to implement healthy food policies and get buy-in from staff, administration, clients and the public. The panel will feature real-world examples of organizations that have successfully implemented food and wellness policies, like Levene Gouldin & Thompson’s CSA program for staff. Panelists include:
- Glynnis Hunt, M.S., Public Health Education Coordinator at Schenectady County Public Health Department
- Julie Raway, MPH, RDN, CDN, SNS, Registered Dietitian at Broome-Tioga BOCES
- Sabrina R. Moldt, J.D., Associate at Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP
- Mary McFadden, Supervising Public Health Educator, Broome County Health Department
This event is made possible through a multi-year Comprehensive Cancer Prevention Grant awarded to the Broome County Health Department. The Comprehensive Cancer Prevention Program aims to reduce rates of cancer by promoting the adoption of healthy food and beverage procurement standards for food service. Also central to the program’s objectives is lowering health care costs and promoting local food systems. Through the initiative, partner agencies have increased the availability of healthy food and beverage choices across the community—making healthy choices easier choices.
People interested in attending Growing Health: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities should register on the FaHN website at foodandhealthnetwork.org or contact Olivia Consol, AmeriCorps Education and Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 692-7669.
About the Food & Health Network
The Food & Health Network (FaHN), a program of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, is an eight-county coalition of diverse partners working together to build food-secure communities. Founded in 2005, FaHN brings together stakeholders in the agricultural, public health, sustainability, economic development, educational, business and community sectors. FaHN members strive to create vibrant communities through healthy environments, economic vitality, farm-to-consumer connections and healthy people. Visit FaHN online at http://www.foodandhealthnetwork.org or on Facebook.