Nebraska Healthy Kids Summit

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Promoting healthy eating and active living in Nebraska communities.

April 23 & 24, 2019
Nebraska Innovation Campus
Conference Center
2021 Transformation Drive

Program Purpose

To connect stakeholders to explore research, practice, and advocacy approaches in a call to action to promote healthy eating and active living in children and their families.

3 Ways to Attend

Full conference (4/23 & 4/24): $75; $35 for Students/Residents
Advocacy Workshop Only (4/23 morning): $25
Research Fair Only (4/23 morning): FREE

*Registration closes on April 17

Register to Showcase Your Project in Research Fair

We are now accepting submissions for abstracts/posters, as well as event tables. There is no fee required to participate in the Research Fair.

Please complete the following survey by Monday, April 1, 2019. After submission, your request will be reviewed by the event planning committee and you will be notified of acceptance via the email provided by April 5.

*Applications for Research Fair Posters/Exhibits due by April 1

Target Audience

Professionals who work with children and families—public health professionals, clinicians, researchers, students, non‑profits.

Summit Agenda

April 23, 2019


8:00 a.m. Check-In Opens

9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Food Security & Healthy Food Access – Advocacy Workshop (Lunch provided for attendees)
Purpose: This workshop will explore food security and access to healthy food and their impact on communities, with attendees identifying ways communities and organizations can help build healthy food systems.

Presented By:

  • NE Extension
  • Nebraska Appleseed
  • Coalition for Stronger Nebraska
  • Children’s Center for the Child & Community

9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Research Fair – Bridging Research Partners to Public Health Practitioners (FREE)
Purpose: A showcase of Nebraska research projects and practice-focused evaluation efforts.

  • Hosted by UNMC Child Health Research Institute
  • Poster Session & Research Partner Exhibits

12 p.m. Lunch (for Advocacy Workshop attendees only)


1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Community Data Systems for Community Action

David Dzewaltowski, Ph.D – Professor and Endowed Community Chair for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity, College of Public Health, UNMC and Buffett Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska

2:00 p.m. Nebraska Highlights: Ignite Presentations

  • Spreading Double Up Food Bucks Across NE – Vanessa Wielenga, NE Extension
  • Using Technology for PE Intervention Boosts MVPA – Matt Avey, LPS
  • Building a Community Breastfeeding Coalition & Baby Café – Kerry Kernen, DCHD
  • Reaching Rural Childcare Providers with Go NAP SACC – Emily Hulse, CHMC & Donnia Behrends, NE Extension
  • Can I do it? Is it Fun? ENERGY Fitness – Melissa Walker, YMCA

2:35 p.m. Ignite Small Group Discussion

Two 20-minute sessions where each of the five initiative representatives will be available for small group discussion

3:15 p.m. Break/Snacks

3:25 p.m. Go Noodle – School& Health Partnership & Impact

4:00 p.m. Setting Personal Goals/Self-Care – Dr. Karla Lester

4:30 p.m. Gallery Walk- Day One Harvest/Networking Time

5:00 p.m. Adjourn for the day

APRIL 24, 2019


8:00 a.m. Check-In Opens

8:30 a.m. Welcome

8:40 a.m. Networking Activity

9:00 a.m. Morning Keynote: The Use of Technology for Pediatric Obesity Treatment: A Focus on Schools

Ann Davis, Ph.D, MPH, ABPP – Director, Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, University of Kansas Medical Center

10:15 a.m. Skill-building sessions: Health equity is incorporated into each session

  • Design Lab Process – Colleen Svoboda
  • Integrated Research Practice Partnerships for Childhood Obesity Treatment in Medically-underserved Areas – Paul Estabrooks
  • Physical Activity Strategies in Schools/after-school – Sheena Helgenberger & Lacey Peters
  • School Health Efforts – Jessie Coffey
  • Healthcare Approaches to Prevention – Ann Davis

11:30 a.m. Call to Action – Networking & Reflective Space Session 1

12:15 p.m. Lunch & Recognition

Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Grant Program – Video & Grantee Recognition

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote:  Clinic to Community Integration for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Bill Dietz, MD, Ph.D – Director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University

2:15 p.m. Skill-building sessions

  • Design Lab Process – Colleen Svoboda
  • Research in your Community UNMC Child Health Research Institute –  Rachel Aikman,  Lisa Runco,  Ashley Servais
  • Physical Activity Strategies & Resources for Child Care – Danae Dinkel
  • Community Breastfeeding – Kailey Schneider
  • National Partnerships and Perspectives Discussion – Bill Dietz & Amy Yaroch

3:30 p.m. Call to Action – Networking & Reflective Space Session 2

4:15 p.m. Closing

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Hosted by Children’s Center for the Child & Community and our partners.

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