Register for The 2010 Healthy Eating Active Living Summit

HEAL-SLO is pleased to announce the 2010 Healthy Eating Active Living Summit—Healing our Community: Turning the Tide of Obesity. The summit will address the obesity epidemic and provide strategies for building a healthy community. Join us on October 22, 2010 to learn how we can work together to create and support healthy lifestyle choices in our community and beyond. The summit is free of charge and space is limited, so please register early. Please click on this link to register online.


Embassy Suites Hotel
333 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
805.549.0800 / toll-free: 800.864.6000
Slo Main, North & South


8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45  Opening Remarks – Penny Borenstein, MD, MPH, Health Officer, San Luis Obispo County

8:45 – 9:30  Prevention of Childhood Obesity: National Strategies and the CATCH Program

Steven H Kelder, MPH, PhD – Professor, Division of Epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin
Dr. Kelder will discuss trends in childhood obesity, causes of child obesity, give a review of the prevention evidence, and will give a description of the CATCH child health program.

9:30 – 10:15  California Campaign of Healthy Beverages: An Effective Obesity Prevention Strategy

Stefan Harvey – Assistant Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Ms. Harvey will give an overview of soda consumption in California and its contribution to the obesity epidemic, and will describe the four components of the California Beverage Campaign. She will also lead a discussion of how to pursue city and county policies in San Luis Obispo County.

10:15 – 10:30  Break – Jump Rope Challenge, led by Matt Zolynsky

10:30 – 11:15   Santa Clara County – What We Accomplished

Lori Martin, M.S., R.D. – Nutrition & Wellness Manager, Santa Clara County Public Health Department
On May 11, 2010, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance which sets nutritional standards for restaurant food or beverages that come with toys or other incentive items. Lori Martin will discuss how this happened—the process, the challenges and the outcome.

11:15 – noon  Overview – Where was San Luis Obispo in 2007 and where are we now? Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force 2007 Report & Recommendations

Joel Diringer, JD, MPH – Diringer & Associates
Janice Fong Wolf
– Director of Grants & Programs, San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation

Local Panel:

1.  School Wellness Program at Lillian Larsen Elementary
Laverne Buckman
– San Miguel Resource Connection

The San Miguel Resource Connection was one of the sub-grantees under The California Endowment grant. They have been working on school wellness at Lillian Larsen Elementary and will share highlights of their program including the Healthy Hornets, and recess before lunch.

2.  School Wellness Program at Oceano Elementary
Moyses Murguia
– Oceano Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club were also a sub-grantee and they will share success from working at Oceano Elementary, including their school garden, walk and bike to school days, and chili con limon powder on the salad bar.

3.  Be a Health Hero! Preschool and K–2 Countywide Poster Campaign
Christine Enyart-Elfers
– San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

Public Health and the County Office of Education have developed four messages that will go out to all children and parents countywide from preschool to second grade. Christine Enyart-Elfers will share the posters and discuss the project.

4.  Jump roping, ReThink Your Drink, and more…
Jenifer Rhynes

The YMCA has been involved in numerous obesity prevention projects in the past several years and Jenifer will share the successes the Y has found.

noon – 1:00  Lunch*

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
Herb Schultz
– Director of Region 9, US Department of Health & Human Services

1:00 – 1:30  Award Presentations – Frank Mecham, Chair, San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors

HEAL-SLO Leadership Award / HEAL-SLO Innovation Award / HEAL-SLO Mentoring Award

1:30 – 3:00  Break Out Sessions

1.  Together We Can Build a Better Food System for San Luis Obispo County
Joseph McIntyre
– President, Ag Innovations Network
Kim Pasciuto
– Executive Director, Central Coast Agricultural Network

This dynamic and interactive session answers the question how can we make positive change for food eaters and producers in our area. You’ll get an overview of what the food system is, help us identify the key issues facing San Luis Obispo County, see case studies of what is working in other areas, and learn how collaboration by the stakeholders in the food system can lead to a better result for all.

2.  The Built Environment and its Role in Obesity Prevention
Jeffery Rosenhall, MA – California Active Communities
James Lopes, AICP
– Department of Planning & Building, County of San Luis Obispo

Strategic (smart) growth policies aim to create compact, walkable and complete communities with lots of transportation choices besides driving. This session will focus on case studies that demonstrate how communities which utilize good principles of community design can help create health benefits, including reducing rates of obesity, increasing physical activity, and improving the environment.

3.  Worksite Wellness: How to Make your Work Environment Healthier
Dayna Ravalin, RD, CDE
– Public Health, County of San Luis Obispo
Nick Duggan
– Business Development Manager, American Heart Association
Nickole Sutter
– Wellness Coordinator, City of San Luis Obispo
Cecilia Fontes
– Benefits Coordinator, County of San Luis Obispo
Jessica Borja
– Health & Wellness Coordinator, Lucia Mar School District

Statistics establish that 80% of illnesses and disease in the United States are preventable. This accounts for eight of the nine leading causes of death. More and more companies are turning to worksite wellness programs to help reduce absenteeism, reduce employee turnover, improve employee productivity and morale, and reduce healthcare claims. Learn what local employers are doing, and learn about low-cost resources that you can utilize on the job.

4.  Behavior Change: Research and Clinical Implications for Obesity Prevention
Suzanne Phelan, PhD
– Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Cal Poly
Robert Wolff, MSW
– Clinical Social Worker, Atascadero State Hospital

We all know what we should do—so why can’t we do it?  Learn about weight control strategies and what it takes to be successful at weight loss, including the phases of helping and applications for individuals, and families.  The session will discuss research in the field—as well as clinical applications including cognitive-behavior strategies and the role of hope and empowerment.

3:00–3:15  Break

3:15–4:00  Wrap Up – Convene back in Main Conference Room and report back from break out sessions

*Light breakfast and lunch prepared by Embassy Suites Chef Timothy Hulbert, who brings a wealth of knowledge of culinary delights from many different cultures. He promises the freshest produce from local Central Coast farmers, as well as, sustainable meats and seafood. His focus in 2010 is to provide healthy, flavorful dishes, while moving in the “green direction”.

Continuing Education Units

If you are a medical professional, you may request Continuing Education Units for attending the 2010 Healthy Eating Active Living Summit.

  • Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 0857, for 6 contact hours
  • Provider approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences BBSE #PCE 366 for  6 continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs.
  • CPEs have been requested from the Commission of Dietetic Registration, the American Dietetic Association

CMEs for Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Institute for Medical Quality and the California Medical Association’s CME Accreditation Standards (IMQ/CMA) through the Joint Sponsorship of CME Consultants and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. CME Consultants is accredited by IMQ/CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CME Consultants takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CME Consultants designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Event Sponsors:

The 2010 Healthy Eating Active Living Summit, Healing our Community: Turning the Tide of Obesity, is brought to you free of charge thanks to the generosity of our sponsoring organizations:

And event partners:

Printable Agenda and Registration Materials:

If you prefer, you can click on the link below to download all registration materials and fax your application to: (805) 781.1235.

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Kathleen Karle at: (805) 781-4929.



  1. Clint Weirick

    I’m looking forward to attending this great summit on a relevant issues that we need to reprioritize in order to create a healthy community that will result in stronger prevention work that can be sustained that will lead to a happier community as well. Lots of great presenters that I’m looking forward to learning from! -Clint Weirick

  2. laura lee waldorf

    Alternative Practitioners Network Central Coast California

    calling all Alternative Practitioners to join us in creating a communtity with healthy choices by banding together to help main stream society to understand the talent in this area for so many choices in health care 805-458-2165 Laura Lee

    education of value in prevention is awesome. Come join us.

    thanks for all you do.


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