Physical Activity & Nutrition Integration Forum Gets People Thinking About New Ways to Keep Moving
On June 5, 2012, Santa Clara County hosted the Bay Area’s Annual Physical Activity Forum – Taking it to the Streets! Over 250 attendees from organizations across all Bay Area counties, as well as health advocates from throughout the State, represented the largest Bay Area group to come together for the event in its seven year history.
Special thanks to plenary speakers Bubba Paris Jr., former tackle for the San Francisco 49ers; public health trail blazer, Larry Cohen of the Prevention Institute; and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, leading San Francisco researcher, for their inspiring words and praise for the Network for a Healthy California.
The Network’s revolutionary work in the Bay Area has set the national bar for chronic disease prevention. Cohen cited one example of the far-reaching effects of the work done in Santa Clara County, mentioning that the Walt Disney Company has begun to improve their nutrition standards by rethinking its food and beverage marketing to children at its theme parks. The morning speakers helped engage and inspire participants for the work that still needs to be done in the fight against chronic disease.
With everyone gathered at the beautiful Santa Clara University campus, health advocates were able to celebrate their successes-to-date and feel a shared sense of accomplishment of the progress made thus far. We would also like to thank the workshop hosts, who carried the positive energy forward by leading participants in a “physically active” session in the afternoon. And finally, thanks to all those who attended the event and helped make it a successful day. See attached photos of the event