Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds: Advancing Children's Health In and Out of School

Countless children face a lifetime of health-related issues based on access to nutritious food. Our schools are on the front line of driving that access, and on educating children in the cafeteria and beyond about healthy choices. This third annual conference brings together all the essential stakeholders for a spirited discussion of common concerns and action steps that can mobilize all of us equally.

Speakers and attendees include school food professionals, parents, policy and wellness advocates, and officials and academicians in the fields of law, nutrition, public health and education.

Featuring Keynote addresses from Marion Nestle & Betti Wiggins

“Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds" is presented with the objective of enabling participants to make our kids’ nutrition the best in the nation by creating an environment both in and out of school where great nutrition is fostered and valued and healthy choices, including healthy beverages and clean, drinkable water, are always the easiest ones. 


9:00am – Welcome (Louisa Kasdon & David Martin)

9:15am – Taxing Sugar, Why and How (Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University; Introduction by Walter Willet, MD, DrPh Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health))

10:15am – Key Focus Areas for Child Health In and Out of School, Spotlight on Sugar Sweetened Beverages (Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, Dean, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy)

11:00am – Break

11:15am – Marketing Food to Kids - Psychology and Behavior, Social Media, POS, Increasing Participation (Steve Gortmaker, Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology. Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health)

12:15 – Chef Demonstrations of School Food Recipes/Menus & Lunch

1:15pm – A Conversation on Big City School Food (Betti Wiggins, Officer of Nutrition Services, Houston Independent School District; with Laura Benavidez, Executive Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Boston Public Schools)

2:15pm – Breakout Sessions Round 1 of Successful/Best Practices

3:00pm – Breakout Sessions Round 2 of Successful/Best Practices

4:00pm – Getting to the State House- Turning Ideas into Policy

Senator Jason Lewis, Democrat - Fifth Middlesex

Catherine D’Amato - President & CEO, The Greater Boston Food Bank

4:45pm – "Town Hall" Discussion: Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax Discussion – Where should the money go? How can we all be involved?

5:30pm – Close


Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA


Name: Phyllis Cudmore


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