2010 HEAL-SLO Summit – Video and Presentations available

The HEAL-SLO Summit hosted over 240 people to discuss obesity prevention at the SLO Embassy Suites on Friday, October 22. The summit addressed the multifaceted obesity epidemic and provided different strategies for building a healthy community together. Here are some highlights from the summit:


Prevention of Childhood Obesity: National Strategies and the CATCH Program by Steven H Kelder, MPH, PhD – Professor, Division of Epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin

California Campaign of Healthy Beverages: An Effective Obesity Prevention Strategy by Stefan Harvey – Assistant Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Santa Clara County – What We Accomplished (Toy Ordinance) by Lori Martin, M.S., R.D. – Nutrition & Wellness Manager, Santa Clara County Public Health Department

Overview – Where was San Luis Obispo in 2007 and where are we now? Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force 2007 Report & Recommendations by Joel Diringer, JD, MPH – Diringer & Associates and Janice Fong Wolf – Director of Grants & Programs, San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation

Local SLO County Panel:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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