FaHN Hosting Growing Health Forum on April 7

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 CouncilFarm to Institution New York StateLourdes HospitalBroome-Tioga BOCESCornell Cooperative Extension-Broome CountySchenectady County Public Health DepartmentLevene 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, 2016Dr. 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:

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:

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 fahn-education@rhnscny.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.

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