On July 12th and 13th, PedNet hosted their annual summer coordinator training for Missouri Foundation for Health’s (MFH) initiative, Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities (HSHC). The training, hosted in Salem, MO, brought all grantees together to share their efforts and learn from each other, as well as leaders in the field.
This year’s two-day training brought in experts to discuss:
- food pantries and how to influence food bank purchasing
- how to select prices that increase healthy food consumption at concession stands
- farmers markets and using the EBT system
- how to engage youth in community gardens
All 13 coordinators also spent time sharing successes they have achieved in their community through the initiative. Successes included establishing cooking classes for students and families, an official “Let’s Move Your Body Day,” a Healthy Snack Program, a healthy concessions policy, formalized after school activities, building a new community walking trail and more!
Special thank you to Kim Shelton and the Salem Community Center for hosting the event, and Adam Saunders from Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Angela Landers from GMMB, and Bill McKelvey from the University of Missouri for presenting and sharing their expertise.
About Missouri Foundation for Health’s Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative: Since its inception in 2013, PedNet has been providing training and technical assistance to school-community collaborations as part of Missouri Foundation for Health’s HSHC Initiative. By implementing health-related policies and programs, HSHC hopes to achieve their goal of decreasing childhood obesity by 5% in 5 years.