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Food Literacy Education and Social Entrepreneurship Can Change Culture.

The Growing Healthy Communities Conference gathers educators, administrators, non-profit leaders, and entrepreneurs together to make our children healthier and stronger through food literacy education and creative social action.

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, after school 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.

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.

Conference
Agenda

Thursday, March 29, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Philip’s Academy Charter School
342 Central Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103

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 Address

Opportunity to Serve a Purpose: Turning your passion into a way to help others
Chip Paillex – Founder, America’s Grow-a-Row

9:30 – 9:45 AM: Keynote Address

Quick and Nutritious in a Fast-Paced World
Austin Allan – Founder, Tio Gazpacho

9:45 -10:00 AM: Break

10:00-11:00 AM: Workshop Session A

Select one of our workshops.

11:00 – 11:15 AM: Break

11:15 – 12:15 PM: Workshop Session B

Select one of our workshops.

12:15 – 1:15 PM: Lunch

The Cafeteria as Classroom: Tasting the Harvest
Cassidy Cabrera & Jae Zimmermann – FoodCorps

1:15 – 2:15 PM: Workshop Session C

Select one of our workshops.

2:15 – 2:30 PM: Break

2:30 – 3:00 PM: Motivational Speaker

Taking a Healthy Bite Out of Every Step of Life
Summer Sanders – former Olympic Swimming Champion, sports commentator and television host

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Networking Hour

Refreshments served.

Conference Speakers

Austin Allan

Chip Paillex

Summer Sanders

Alina Zolotareva

Amina Bahloul

Angela Cristini

Ben Hoyer

Carolyn Taylor

Cassidy Cabrera

Catkin Flowers

Chris Leishear

Evelyn Fuertes

Hannah Joseph

Jae Zimmermann

Janet Celi

Jennifer Papa

Jenny Schrum

Jessie Tartanian

Judith Symonds

Lea Madry

Luke Sellers

Melissa Almendinger

Michal Levison

Rachel Terry

Sarah O’Leary

Tinia Pina

Workshop Sessions

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.

Sponsors

Thank you for making this conference possible.

Funded in part by a grant from the Special Child Health and Autism Registry, New Jersey Department of Health.

 

CONTACT
ghcconference@gmail.com
201-644-0760 ext. 163