Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Duval County Food Summit - Saturday, April 21, 2012

Event registration for attendees, vendors and sponsors can be done online using the following link:

For the past two years, the Food Policy subcommittee of the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition has been involved in addressing food access and improving the overall health of Greater Jacksonville.  As a result of the subcommittee’s efforts, Duval County now has its very own Food Policy Council.  We envision a county that provides equal access of fresh healthy food to all of its residents as a result of the collaborate efforts of the community as a whole.  The Duval County Food Policy Council has partnered with local community health and social service organizations to establish the 1st Duval County Food Summit: A Balancing Act: Access to Fresh and Healthy Food for All.

The purpose of this event is to unite the local food system from producer to consumer and identify food issues that will inform the work of the food policy council which aims to improve access to healthy food in our community. 

The Duval County Food Summit will include local and national perspectives on the food system, interaction with key players in the Duval County food system and post conference resources to keep the community on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.

This event will be held on Saturday, April 21st, 8a-4:30p at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32207.  We will also have an opening reception on Friday, April 20th and Field Day with Tour de Farm on Sunday, April 22nd.
Download here:  Sponsor/Exhibitor Packet

Duval County Food Summit Breakout Session Descriptions

Speaker Bios
 Keynote Speakers
Session 1: Food Policy and Advocacy: Using Your Voice to Create Change
Session 2: Children’s Nutrition: What’s Eating Our Children?
Session 3: Food Access: Where’s the Food?
Session 4: Eating on a Budget: Making Cents Out of Meal Time

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Duval County Food Summit Breakout Session Descriptions

Session 1: Food Policy and Advocacy: Using Your Voice to Create Change

What is a Food Policy Council? Learn what it is, why we need one and how our community can get involved to advocate for fresh, healthy food. This session serves as an introduction to how you can become an advocate for change in our community. We will share ideas for engagement, focusing on individual and community grassroots efforts at the local and state levels.

Facilitator: Stephen Baker, PhD, Jacksonville University
Speakers: Phil Bors, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Honorable Reggie Fullwood, Florida House of Representatives, District 15; and Katie Ross, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s Office

Session 2: Children’s Nutrition:  What’s Eating Our Children?

This session will explore what our children are eating when they are away from home and how it affects their overall health. Panelists will talk candidly about what we are providing our children, the negative effects, barriers for reform and the challenges they face in feeding our children nutritious food.

Facilitator: Catherine Burkee, Breaking Ground Contracting
Speakers: Laura Cagle, Duval County PTA; Hayley Weise, MBA, RD, LD, Chartwells; Leslie Berry, Nemours Children’s Clinic Jacksonville; and Kathleen Damiano, Timberlin Creek Elementary School, St. Johns County Schools

Session 3: Food Access: Where’s the Food?

How do we enhance Jacksonville’s growing market for local, fresh, healthy food? Panelists will share insight regarding ways to make food accessible in any circumstance. Join us as we take a closer look at what you can do as a consumer, producer or supplier to increase access to fresh, local, healthy food for all.

Facilitator: Alexia Lewis, MS, RD, New Motivation Coaching
Speakers: Jennifer Sanders, Heritage Family Farms; Aaron Gottlieb, Native Sun; and Greg Tison, Jacksonville Farmers Market

Session 4: Every Bite Counts: Making Cents out of Meal Time

Short on time? Low on cash? Many people believe that eating healthy requires more time and money, not to mention special cooking skills. Not true! Our experts will share tips and insights on how to shop and prepare food that will have even the pickiest of eaters asking for seconds. Our panelists are in the know and you can be, too!

Facilitator: Rick Kirkwood, Urban Dynamics Corporation
Speakers: Dr. Catherine Christie, University of North Florida and Kevin Smith, Winn-Dixie

Session 1: Food Policy and Advocacy: Using Your Voice to Create Change

Facilitator: Stephen Baker, PhD
Professor of Political Science, Jacksonville University
A life long-student of how people develop their political ideas, Dr. Stephen Baker, PhD, is a professor of political science at Jacksonville University. Before earning a PhD from Northern Illinois University, Baker served as a Peace Corps Volunteer on a cotton development project in Malawi and worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice on voter discrimination cases in Chicago.


Philip Bors, MPH
Project Officer, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities National Program Office, Active Living by Design Program
As a Project Officer for the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities National Program Office, Philip Bors oversees nine four-year grants, totaling $3.2 million, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). RWJF grantees are part of a national initiative to reduce childhood obesity through policy and environmental change interventions. Additionally, Bors has helped develop a web-based evaluation system for grantees and community partnerships to measure the effectiveness of their programs.

The Honorable Reggie Fullwood
Florida House of Representatives, District 15
Representative Reggie Fullwood, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives in November of 2010. His legislative priorities include improving public education, creating jobs for Floridians and revitalizing urban communities through economic development. An active community member, Representative Fullwood serves on the board of several Northeast Florida nonprofits and volunteers with numerous community-based organizations.

Katie Ross
Regional Director, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
In her role as regional director for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Katie Ross oversees a nine-county region providing a variety of constituent services for Florida residents. Prior to joining Senator Nelson’s office, Ross served as a community planner for the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) where she worked with issues that effect Northeast Florida’s quality of life.

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Session 2: Children’s Nutrition: What’s Eating Our Children?

Facilitator: Catherine Burkee
Director of Education Services, Breaking Ground Contracting
Catherine Burkee has dedicated her life to teaching both children and adults. Today she teaches design and construction professionals and community members about the importance of sustainable building. Burkee is an integral part of her company’s outreach programs. Her expertise includes working with a sustainable built environment and environmental and urban agriculture using Breaking Ground’s vegetated roof as a real-time learning lab.


Hayley Weise, MBA, RD, LD
South Regional Dietitian, Chartwells
Hayley Weise is the South Regional Dietitian for Chartwells School Dining. Weise’s passion for providing healthy school meals is fueled by her background in food, nutrition and business. Weise worked for Compass Group for eight years in both Clinical Nutrition and School Nutrition Management. Through her efforts, Weise has learned that the best way to prevent chronic disease is through teaching children healthy eating habits from the time they are in school.

Leslie V. Berry, RD, LD/N
Registered Dietitian, Nemours Children’s Clinic Jacksonville
Leslie Berry is passionate about the nutritional, exercise and behavioral treatment of those struggling with weight management issues. In her role at Nemours, she specializes in pediatric weight management. She is an integral part of the Healthy Lifestyle Clinic and facilitates a nine-week “hands on” course for families who are seeking a healthier lifestyle through nutrition, exercise and behavior modifications.

Kathleen Damiano
Manager of Kitchen Operations, Liaison for St. Johns County “Farm to School to Table” Program Food Service Manager, Timberlin Creek Elementary School, St. Johns County School Food & Nutrition Services
Kathleen Damiano brings 25 years of experience in the food service industry including hotel and restaurant management, special events catering and nutrition to St. Johns County Schools Food & Nutrition Department. In her role, Damiano develops programs that expose students to healthy eating. Additionally, during the 2012-2013 school year, St. Johns County will participate in “The Farm to School to Table” program to give local farms easier access to sell their crops to local schools.

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Session 3: Food Access: Where’s the Food?

Facilitator: Alexandra “Alexia” Lewis MS, RD, LD/N
Registered Dietitian and Founder, New Motivation Coaching
Alexia Lewis, MS, RD, LD/N is a Registered Dietitian and a certified Intrinsic Coach®, through Totally Coached, Inc. Lewis provides nutrition counseling and is an adjunct instructor with the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. She is the president-elect for the Jacksonville Dietetic Association. As an avid writer, she has been published on, and in the Jacksonville Dietetic Association Journal.


Jennifer Sanders
Owner, Heritage Family Farms
Jennifer Sanders received her start in gardening and farming 30 years ago as a “sod slinger” at a local nursery in Naranja, Florida. After spending several decades renovating real estate properties, Sanders returned to her first love – growing healthy food. She and her husband Bob are now owners of Heritage Family Farms, a small urban farm in Mandarin. Currently, they grow a variety of local and heritage produce and plan to expand their business into aquaponics.

Aaron Gottlieb
Owner, Native Sun
Motivated by the power of proper diet and healthy food choices, in 1996 Aaron Gottlieb and his wife Erica opened Native Sun, an organic and natural foods store. Through the years, the Gottliebs have built a reputation as the go-to source for achieving a healthy lifestyle. In 2006, Aaron and his wife expanded their business to a second store location. Today, Native Sun serves as Jacksonville’s trusted source for organic food and information about healthy living.

L. Greg Tison
General Manager, Jacksonville Farmers Market
As the general manager for the Jacksonville Farmers Market, a 73-year-old retail and wholesale produce establishment, Greg Tison is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the market. Tison is an advocate for living a healthy, active lifestyle. He frequently hosts tours and meets with community members and elected officials to promote healthy eating and access to fresh food.

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Session 4: Eating on a Budget: Making Cents Out of Meal Time

Facilitator: Rick Kirkwood
Vice President, Urban Dynamics Corporation
Rick Kirkwood specializes in economic and demographic analysis for public planning and real estate development. Kirkwood moved to Jacksonville in 1989 from Denver where he practiced economic development for local governments. He holds a degree in urban geography from Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Catherine Christie, PhD, RD, LD/N, FADA
Associate Dean, Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida
Dr. Catherine Christie is Associate Dean in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. Dr. Christie is co-author of four books including Fat is Not Your Fate and Eat to Stay Young. Dr. Christie is a Registered Dietitian, Fellow of the American Dietetic Association and Fellow of the Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is a recipient of numerous awards including most recently the “Excellence in Practice Award for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.”

Kevin Smith
Corporate Executive Chef, Winn-Dixie
After a career in the United States Army and in the financial services industry, Kevin Smith found his passion as a chef. Today, he serves a corporate executive chef for Winn-Dixie. Smith has a passion for creating delicious food and has been delighting his guests in restaurants, hotels and wineries across the country including 541 in Los Angeles, the Stone Gate Resort and the RH Resort.
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Keynote Presenters

Captain Joseph McQuade, MD, MS, USN
Director of Public Health, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
As a decorated Naval officer, Dr. Joseph McQuade has spent his career focusing on efforts to control major public health threats for active duty personnel and their families around the world, including Detention Hospital, Guantanomo Bay, Cuba; Camp Fallujah, Iraq; and Clinic Capodochino, Naples, Italy.

Dr. McQuade has demonstrated how the use of wellness education through a clinical portal addresses population health conditions and bridges the gap between the Naval Hospital and other Branch Clinics including the integration within the First Coast medical community.

Eric Olsen
Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy, Feeding America
As the Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, Eric Olsen is responsible for the coordination of all resources and research on issues of domestic hunger, public policy and related topics for Feeding America public policy initiatives, publications and public education activity.

Eric directs lobbying efforts at the federal, state and local levels to bring the greatest benefits to the low-income and food insecure, also representing Feeding America at governmental and legislative forums, hearings and other initiatives where Feeding America network food banks show their support for legislation and policy that will bring about positive change in the fight against hunger.