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.
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
11:00 – 11:15 AM: Break
11:15 – 12:15 PM: Workshop Session B
12:15 – 1:15 PM: Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 PM: Workshop Session C
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