The 2015 Building a Healthier Future Summit will include the following sessions. Keep checking back, we will announce more hot topics as they are confirmed:
Click on breakout sessions below for additional information.
Girl Talk: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body (click to close)
Body shape and body image can dominate a young girl’s thoughts, especially during the teen years. Choices about what to eat and how to stay active may be influenced by a range of factors that don’t always align with good health. How can we empower girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds to make healthier choices? What role does the private sector play in facilitating a dialogue about positive body image, self-esteem and health? This session will explore the relationship between physical and mental health, with a focus on young girls and the importance of achieving a healthy weight and positive self-image.
Retailers: Growing Mission and Margin (click to close)
With 40 million Americans struggling to put healthier meals on the table, good nourishment shouldn’t be restricted to those who can pay a premium. But can retailers create sustainable models for making healthful food affordable and profitable? Moving beyond food access, what is the role of retailers in offering healthier food at prices accessible to those at all income levels? This session will feature a diverse set of retailers sharing pricing perspectives, strategies for serving low-income communities without hurting the bottom line, the future of healthy retail and how to champion change in this space for Americans across socioeconomic borders.
Seven Generations: Sustainability & the Future of Food (click to close)
Climate change, overfishing, water shortages and soil loss threaten the world’s food supplies, causing many to wonder whether the land and sea will be able to provide us with the healthier foods we need on a long-term, sustainable basis. Will we always be able to make the healthy choice the easy choice, as well as an affordable choice for all? This session will explore the wide range of issues surrounding sustainability. What are the challenges to farmers, fishermen, industry and consumers, and how are they being addressed across the entire food system?
Stairway to Healthy: Designing Active Communities (click to close)
Can your neighborhood design affect your health? Increasingly, the design of our communities is being recognized as an important facilitator of good physical and mental health. Specifically, housing units that support physical activity – with attractive stairways and accessible recreation areas – can encourage residents to move more, improving health through design. Learn how real estate developers are becoming part of the solution by incorporating active design principles into building affordable housing developments in areas across the country.
Thinking Outside the Cubicle: Healthy Communities (click to close)
Companies often select office locations and design workplaces with an eye toward attracting the highest quality, most productive employees they can. But should their efforts to foster a healthy environment also extend outside the corporate walls? This session will explore how companies can impact the overall health of the communities in which they operate, looking beyond the well being of those who work for them to explore their role in creating healthier living spaces for all, especially the most vulnerable populations.
United, We Succeed: Using Collective Impact to Enact Social Change (click to close)
Large-scale social change requires broad, cross-sector collaboration. In this session we’ll hear about some real-world examples, such as Let’s Move Active Schools, which is working to unify multiple organizations committed to one common goal: to bring physical activity back to every school in America, especially schools in need. What makes these initiatives work, what are the challenges faced and how can the private sector participate?
Video Gaming: Friend or Frenemy? (click to close)
Ask a parent how much time his or her child would devote to video games if given the choice, and you might get an eye roll worthy of a teenager. With three-quarters of American youth hooked on computer and video games, it’s no wonder electronic media are often disparaged as root causes of physical inactivity. But could this obsession with gaming be used for good? This session will explore active gaming—the concept of leveraging kids’ established enthusiasm for video games to get them up off the couch and moving.