Pre-Conference Sessions


Tuesday June 9


Second Annual California Convergence Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Partnership for Public’s Health

The goal of the California Convergence project is to build synergy within the movement that seeks to improve food and physical activity environments in communities across California, by building the knowledge, networks and capacity to advance and sustain this work. This second annual meeting will be an opportunity for community leaders engaged in changing food and physical activity environments to link efforts, engage in state strategies and identify future directions for the movement. This meeting will build on the strategies and progress made by Convergence participants over the past year.

Designed for: Invitation Only

For more information about the California Convergence effort please visit


The Breastfeeding Environment: Re-think, Re-frame, REFORM!

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hosted by: The California WIC Association and the Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles

Increasing breastfeeding rates among low-income women is a key strategy for health improvement in general and particularly for the prevention of childhood obesity. In the face of intensified marketing of infant formula, inadequate infant-feeding policies in healthcare systems and poor community supports, attempts to address stark breastfeeding inequities can only be successful with comprehensive policy changes in low-income communities and the institutions that serve them. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from international advocates, experts in media studies and other successful public health strategists about re-thinking our strategies. Most importantly, national and state breastfeeding advocates want to hear from YOU—how can we re-frame our messages to achieve meaningful and lasting reforms in low-income communities?

Designed for: Community health and breastfeeding advocates and state and local policy advocates

Workshop Cost: $50.00 (includes materials)

For more information or to register please visit


The New Nutrition for Children in Childcare

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Child Care Food Program Roundtable and California Food Policy Advocates

Nutrition in the child care setting is changing. It is unacceptable that nearly one in four of our preschoolers is obese or overweight. Change is imperative -- and it is happening! New research identifying exactly what kids in child care are eating and drinking is guiding the development of dynamic strategies to improve their nutrition and physical activity environment. This research coupled with other information is beginning to produce new policy initiatives, both at the state level (Cal. AB 627) and federal level (CACFP Reauthorization). Using these examples as a springboard, this session will facilitate discussion by all participants leading to the development of additional policy and advocacy strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity quality in child care.

Designed for: Invitation only

For more information please contact Kumar Chandran, CFPA Nutrition Advocate, 510-409-6436 x129 or e-mail:


Improving Physical Activity Opportunities in Schools

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hosted by: California School Boards Association and California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition)

California School Boards Association and California Project LEAN are working with school decision-makers to improve opportunities for physical activity and physical education in schools. This workshop will address different strategies for improving physical activity through physical education, recess, safe routes to school, joint-use agreements and before/after school programs. School board research findings, policy recommendations, and the latest physical activity and physical education resources will be shared. Participants will learn about opportunities to develop, implement and monitor comprehensive physical activity policies.

Designed for: School physical activity and physical education stakeholders

Workshop Cost: No cost (sponsored by the California School Boards Association and California Project LEAN)


Advancing Obesity Prevention Policies in California’s Cities

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hosted by: HEAL Cities Campaign/California Center for Public Health Advocacy

This workshop will assist participants in creating strategies for policy adoption in their cities and learn how the HEAL Campaign, an exciting new project working directly with city councils; can provide ongoing support to their local work. The Campaign is actively promoting a menu of specific policies to city elected officials in the areas of land use, healthy food retail and employee wellness through one-on-one meetings and in regional trainings co-sponsored by the League of California Cities. This workshop will cover the specific policies, talking points, data for promoting the policies and up-to-date lists of city elected officials and executive staff.

Designed for: City officials, physicians, local health department staff and advocates

Workshop Cost: $50.00 (Snacks sponsored by California Center for Public Health Advocacy)


Opening Up Our Schools with Joint Use Agreements Practical and Legal Issues

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To download handouts for this session, please click here.

Hosted by: Public Health Law and Policy

Many school boards wish to promote student health by opening school recreation facilities to children outside of school hours but often refrain from doing so because of concerns about potential liability, worries about damage to school property and staff deployment restrictions in union contracts. This workshop will discuss potential solutions to the concerns about after hours use of school property. The workshop will provide practical information about how to implement joint use agreements. Public Health Law and Policy will provide an overview of its joint use agreement technical assistance tools which include a model joint use agreement, a joint use checklist and information about the liability laws related to joint use.

Designed for: School administrators, school board members, lawyers, parents and advocates

Workshop Cost: No cost (sponsored by Public Health Law and Policy)

For more information please contact Karla Hampton at 510-302-3375 or


Engaging in the Built Environment to Combat Obesity

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hosted by: California Department of Public Health, California Center for Physical Activity

The Local Public Health and the Built Environment project of the California Department of Public Health provides local public health departments and their partners statewide with built environment-specific trainings, mini-grants and resources that help them work toward reducing the impacts of land use, transportation and climate change. In learning about healthy community design concepts and related resources, workshop participants will become familiar with key practices in land use, transportation and climate change that can impact public health; learn how to connect with built environment colleagues and counterparts; review local strategies for advancing built environment and public health policy in their jurisdiction; and review key successes from local public health departments statewide.

Designed for: State and local public health staff, education and health partnership staff, nutrition and physical activity professionals, and school-based health professionals

Workshop Cost: $60.00 (includes snack)


California Obesity Prevention Plan Listening Session

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hosted by: California Department of Public Health, California Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention Program

In recognition of California’s growing obesity epidemic, competing environmental forces and the lack of a cohesive prevention strategy, the California legislature mandated the creation of a strategic plan to guide a statewide response to the crisis. The California Obesity Prevention Plan serves as a high level guide for each sector of society to take part in creating the shift to healthy eating and active living. This is your opportunity to “weigh in” on the draft implementation and evaluation plan.

Designed for: State and local government, employers, healthcare insurers and providers, families, food and beverage industry, schools, and entertainment and sports professionals

Workshop Cost: No cost (sponsored by California Department of Public Health, California Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention Program)


Childhood Obesity in Asians, A Problem or Not? Research and Community-based Programs

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Asian Pacific Fund

The high prevalence of metabolic syndromes and type II diabetes in Asian immigrants is alarming. This unique session will discuss the epidemiology of childhood obesity as well as obesity-related conditions in Asian youth. It will also discuss the current BMI reference standards for identifying overweight and obese Asian children and adolescents and how cultural practices and parenting styles, including feeding practices, influence eating behaviors and obesity risk of children. The panel of speakers will also consider the impact of implementing a childhood obesity program in the Asian community.

Designed for: Doctors, nurses, nutritionists, dieticians, researchers, public health workers, and advocates and legislators

Workshop Cost: $25.00 (partially sponsored by Asian Pacific Fund)


Pediatric Obesity: Provider Skill Sets for Improved Care

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This training is for California Medi-Cal and Child Health and Disability (CHDP) Providers and Training Staff Only

Hosted by: L.A. Care Health Plan in collaboration with the California Department of Health Care Services and the California Medical Association Foundation

You can be a leader in your pediatric obesity setting. This interactive meeting is designed as a workshop for Medi-Cal providers, Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) providers and training staff who want to gain additional skills sets for the identification, prevention and management of pediatric obesity. Attendees will also be given an overview of the new National Committee for Quality Assurance’s HEDIS measures for pediatric obesity from a national expert. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for providers and support staff to receive ready-to-use training tools and office-centered techniques on the assessment and counseling of pediatric overweight and obesity, as well as ways to access customized provider and patient education resources on nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Training materials will include the California Medical Association Foundation’s Child and Adolescent Obesity Provider Toolkit, Child Health and Disability Prevention pediatric obesity provider training modules/materials, WIC Healthy Habits for Life and Healthy Habits for Birth resources, and Medi-Cal provider multi-lingual patient education materials. All materials are free and tailored for low-income populations.

Designed for: Medi-Cal/Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) providers and support staff

Workshop Cost: No cost to the first 50 registrants* (sponsored by L.A. Care Health Plan (dinner provided). Curriculum materials sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross. Flip chart obesity summary provided by Health Net. Meeting scholarships sponsored by L.A. Care Health Plan and Anthem Blue Cross.)

* Registration for over 50 registrants will cost $100.


Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater Performance

The Amazing Food Detective

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Amazing Food Detective is an entertaining, educational program for K-4th grade students. This comprehensive program is designed to convey information about the importance of good nutrition and exercise. The program also encourages audiences to continue the messages in their community and at home. Three program components include: a 45-minute play with audience participation, live music and puppetry; classroom workshops in which trained actor-educators lead 4th grade students in workshops with topics that include food groups, healthy snacking and the media’s influence on eating habits; and a parent workshop in which actor-educators lead an evening event at the school location with school administrators and parents. This bilingual (Spanish/English) program covers the following topics: healthy snack alternatives, sugary drinks, reading food labels, portion control and being an active family.

Limited seating is available for this special performance.

Theater Cost: No cost (sponsored by Kaiser Permanente)