Obesity Summit 2014

Summit Summary

Key note speaker Mark Fenton (www.markfenton.com), a national public health and planning consultant, presented on the importance of sticky design. This means building communities where people are intrinsically more active. See his presentation here to learn more.

Next, Mark facilitated a panel discussion centered 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
During the noon session, Kansas 2014 Health Champions were recognized at the Obesity Summit. Read more about the Champions in the KDHE news release here.

After lunch, summit attendees participated in walk audits that focused on evaluating and understanding what makes a city walkable, nutritious food accessible, and naturally promotes physical activity. Click here to find out more about walk audits and learn how you could facilitate one in your community!

Attendees concluded the day in breakout sessions discussing what they learned on the walk audits and how it could be applied in their own communities. See below for resulting notes.

Breakout Session Results

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