3rd Annual Kansas Obesity Summit
October 8th, 2014
- Describe local efforts to support Healthy Kansans 2020 priorities for Healthy Living and Healthy Communities.
- Understand the significance of active transport as an effective strategy to increase physical activity and methods for implementing evidence based practice.
- Identify opportunities to engage the Governor's Council on Fitness and Physical Activity Champions in local efforts to achieve HK2020 goals.
Our 2014 Obesity Summit keynote speaker was Mark Fenton. Mark is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant. He's a vocal advocate for non-motorized transportation, a frequent consultant on bicycle and pedestrian community plans, and recognized authority on public health issues and the need for community, environmental, and public-policy initiatives to encourage more walking, bicycling, and transit use.
The summit featured a panel discussion facilitated by Mark Fenton focusing on increasing opportunities for physical activity (including safe and active transport to school), expanding access to healthy foods, and promoting environments and community design models to positively impact health. Featured panelists and their areas of expertise were
- Anne Bradshaw, Standard Motor Products, worksite wellness
- Ashley Jones-Wisner, KC Healthy Kansas, food policy councils
- Chris Sramek, High Plains Food Coop, regional food coop
- David Toland, Thrive Allen County, communities - healthy lifestyles and built environment
- Evan Yoder, Hillsboro Elementary School, walking school bus
In the afternoon, Obesity Summit participants conducted a walk audit by their selected interest area (e.g., community design, nutrition and access to healthy foods, worksite wellness). Walk Audits are facilitated walks with the goal of observing the physical activity and healthy eating "friendliness" of a community. Routes for the walk audits were planned for groups to experience a variety of areas and community features near the Hilton Garden Inn, with the goal of prompting ideas for opportunities in their own communities.