In conjunction with the Healthy Eating Active Living Summit—Healing our Community: Turning the Tide of Obesity—Cal Poly STRIDE will present Hands on Health, Friday October 22nd, 2010 at 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cal Poly PAC Pavilion. The Pavilion is located on the lower floor of Performing Arts Center.
STRIDE’s annual Hands on Health collaborative event invites members from the entire community to activities related to health in an educational atmosphere. This year’s Hands on Health will consist of a symposium featuring a presentation by four panelists, including special guest lecturer Micheal Dimock* of Roots of Change. The event will be held on the Cal Poly campus and offers an opportunity to meet and interact with others interested in healthy living through diet and exercise. Hands on Health is a FREE, public event open to all.
Following the Hands on Health symposium, there will be a special hors d’oeuvre reception for the speakers held on campus beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets to the reception are $15, and can be ordered by calling the Center for Sustainability at (805) 756-5086.
* Michael Dimock has focused on food and agriculture since 1989. He is internationally recognized as a thought leader, organizer, and advocate for transformation of food and farming systems. He has been leading Roots of Change since 2006. He began his agriculture and food career as a marketing executive in Europe for a California-based agribusiness company. In 1992, he founded Sunflower Strategies (later called Ag Innovations Network), where he began his work on community consensus building and strategic planning for healthier food and agriculture. He pioneered regional and environmental branding programs in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, and Humboldt counties, and Western Australia. Michael sat on the board of Community Alliance with Family Farmers and served as its chairman in 1994 and 1995. In 1996, he founded Slow Food Russian River, which is among the nation’s most active and influential chapters, doing pioneering work on heirloom and heritage breed protection, grass-fed beef promotion, community support for school gardens, and local food systems development. In 2000, he became the first California Governor of Slow Food USA. In 2001, Michael graduated from the California Ag Leadership program, Class XXXI, the nation’s most respected leadership development programs in the field. From 2002 to 2007, he was Chairman of Slow Food USA and a member of Slow Food International’s board of directors where he worked with Carlo Petrini, Slow Food’s founder, on international strategy. Michael’s love for food systems grew from his experience on an 11,000-acre cattle ranch in Santa Clara County in the late 1960s and a development project with Himalayan subsistence farmers in Nepal in the late 70s. He was a political advanceman for California Governor Jerry Brown in his bid to become a US Senator in 1982. He worked in US-Soviet cultural and professional exchange programs, which lead him into television and film production. He holds a BA in History from UCLA, with an honors thesis on the origins of the CIA. He has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.