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Conference organizers:

  • California School Boards Assocation
  • California Department of Health Services
  • California Department of Education

What's New

2009 School Wellness Conference finished successfully!

Over 900 attendees from twelve states and Canada attended this year’s 2009 School Wellness Conference at the Anaheim Marriott on October 5-7. Thanks to strong sponsorship, the conference organizers (California School Boards Association, California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health) were able to offer over 200 scholarships to individuals who would otherwiseSponsorship.aspx have not been able to attend the conference.

Over 100 different sessions including critical issues, workshops and poster sessions took place during the conference. In addition, general sessions and luncheons included guest speakers such as Dr. John Ratey who spoke about his groundbreaking research that explores the connection between exercise and the brain’s performance and Professor Pedro Noguera who addressed the need for schools and communities to adopt strategies that empower children and their families, as well as the importance of community collaboration.

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Sample 2009 Attendee Comments

“Excellent conference, excellent meals. Thank you for the scholarships—with them we were able to send a “team” from our district. Wonderful event! (Wellness Coordinator)

“Fabulous conference. Sessions just the right length. Breaks perfect for networking. Length of day fabulous—Keynote speakers rocked!”

“Great speakers, good food and a chance to network with colleague & Dept. of Public Health.”

Leveraging wellness policies to create a healthy school environment

The California School Boards Association, the California Department of Education, and the California Department of Public Health will bring together a diverse group of school community leaders who play a role in creating sustainable healthy school environments. The 2009 School Wellness Conference will build on the inaugural conference that focused on best practices and resources; statewide success stories and model program workshops; improved access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities; sample district policies that promote health on school campuses; and strategies to help schools succeed in implementing and evaluating their local school wellness policies.

Conference goals

The 2009 School Wellness Conference will:

  • Address critical health issues and their link to student academic achievement, such as physical education and activity, nutrition, mental health, oral health, diabetes, indoor air quality, asthma and more.
  • Focus on school governance and leadership discussions to leverage and expand school wellness policy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Bring together school and community leaders to share collaborative and coordinated school health approaches and other successful strategies in creating healthier students and school communities.
  • Address health disparities through fostering an environment of support, encouragement and commitment to accelerate a cultural shift toward healthier students and increased academic achievement.

Who should attend

The 2009 School Wellness Conference will build upon the largest school wellness conference in the nation. The 2007 conference sold out with over 1,200 participants, including school board members, superintendents, principals, school nurses, food service personnel, physical education and general education teachers, parents, students, community health advocates, nutritionists, state and county public health personnel, researchers and community organizations.

The inaugural 2007 School Wellness Conference was a tremendous success, due to the unprecedented level of collaboration and leadership. Learn more >>

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