Fall River is the Place to Be on 10/23!

Act Fresh Logo GreenMPHA and the Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community are co-hosting an Act FRESH Regional Convening on October 23, 2015, in Fall River, to:

1) Strategize with partners on Act FRESH policy priorities;

2) Learn about and discuss Fall River’s new approach to reduce obesity and diabetes.

AGENDA (exact times subject to change) 

10amWelcome & Introductions

10:15amThe Act FRESH Campaign & Coalition

An update on statewide policy efforts to advance healthier eating and more active living from MPHA Executive Director, Rebekah Gewirtz, MPA.

11am – How Should the Public Health World Respond to the New USDA Dietary Guidelines? One City’s Response to the Current Nutrition Research

Nutrition research is turning many of our long-held beliefs about what healthy eating looks like, on its ear. But most people don’t know about this paradigm shift, nor are federal or state policies and guidelines visibly evolving. Not wanting to wait for “someone else” to lead the way, public health leaders in Fall River and surrounding communities are collaborating to change minds, eating habits, and BMIs. Learn about their work and share your questions and perspective on the process of responding to and disseminating “head-spinning” information on the future of nutrition recommendations. Presenters: Dave Weed, Psy.D, Executive Director of Partners for a Healthier Community and Amanda Raposo, R.D., C.D.E., a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator with Southcoast Health.

12noonLunch (provided free for the first 35 registrants) & a Walk (Guided or on your own)

12:45 pm – Facilitated discussion plus Q&A about Fall River’s work and possible policy implications at the state level.

1:30 pmClosing Thoughts, Next Steps

2pmAll done

Register now to attend. There’s no cost, but PLEASE let us know if you’re coming so we can be prepared. Lunch is free for the first 35 registrants. (Others are invited to bring their own lunches)

Location – Matthew Kuss Middle School Community Room, 52 Globe Mills Avenue

Questions? Contact…

Andrea Freeman, MPHA Field Director, AFreeman@mapublichealth.org

Dave Weed, Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community, DrWeed@cox.net

PS – On the same day at 3pm, but in a different location (Government Center), GFRP will be showing the 90-minute documentary film, Fed Up.

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