Waltham, November 16th, 2017. The “Taking Action! Keeping Children,Schools,Families and our Communities Healthy” is for parents, educators, health and wellness experts, health and civic organizations, community members, leaders, elected officials and Mass PTA Partners from across the Commonwealth to discuss, learn and take action to keep children, families and communities healthy.
Workshops will cover ways to:
Communicate effectively with all stakeholders
Engage and empower parents to support student success and overall well-being
Advocate for the needs of every child in your school, community or state
Develop partnerships that support growth and mission implementation
Registration is required to www.massachusettspta.org/New_site/events/health-summit/2017-health-summit-sessions/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 861.7910
- Creating Healthy Communities through Diversity and Inclusion: Juan San Miguel. This interactive workshop explores a barrier, our biases, how they shape our assumptions and stereotypes, and eventually how it shapes our schools and communities for better or worse. Taking action through diversity and inclusion will help develop healthy communities.
- Real Life Experiences: Head Injuries and Concussions in Sports Panel: Kathleen Thornton, Michelle Kelly, and Linda Brown. This panel presentation aims to teach about real life experiences of schools, athletic trainers, and survivors in dealing with sports-related head injuries. Michelle Kelly from Somerville Public Schools will talk about innovative programming involved student ambassadors to raise awareness about concussion. Kathleen Thornton will discuss her in-depth experience working with parents and students in sports. A speaker from the Brain Injury Association from Massachusetts will speak about recovering and surviving from a concussion. A speaker from Concussion Legacy Foundation will present an overview of Concussion 101, what everyone needs to know. Linda Brown will moderate the Panel.
- Clean and Green: DIY Cleaners and Best Practices: Alicia McCarthy. This workshop provides participants an interactive opportunity to learn about green cleaning; “Do It Yourself” recipes; and helpful tools that empower participants to play an active role in evaluating cleaners.
- Minding Your Mind :Just Talk about It Suicide Prevention Toolkit: Sheila Gillin, LCSW. The “Just Talk About It Suicide Prevention Toolkit” is designed to train both adults and youth on how to assist adolescents who exhibit signs of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation and has been approved by the Best Practices National Registry.
- Gender Identity and Expression: A Personal Perspective: Jeff Perrotti and Erik Champy. This workshop will feature students and parents speaking about laws, policies, and best practices for supporting transgender and gender nonconforming students.
- Nutrition Panel: Fueling the Body and Mind to Play Healthy: Shannon Ashcroft, Monique Bellefleur, Erin Wholey and Kate Millett. A panel of experts on food and nutrition resources, healthy eating, and physical activity for children will discuss strategies to reach a healthy lifestyle for children and families.
- Kids=Active Minds: Using Physical Activity to Boost Student Achievement: Erikka Moreno,Laura Burati, and Nicole Dibitetto. Learn how BOKS can work with you to empower parents, teachers, and other community members to create school-based physical activity opportunities for students.
- Examining Yoga in Schools: Lindsay Lucarelli – Yoga is a proven tool to integrate into today’s high-demand classroom environments that aligns with Massachusetts’ Academic-Social-Emotional learning standards. Yoga-based concepts expand a student’s toolbox to manage the stressors of each day. Experience practices in yoga, witness testimonials from school, and explore the integration of yoga in schools.
- Alcohol & Developing Brains: Unique Best Practices in Underage Drinking Prevention: Helen Gaynor . Learn about Ask, Listen, Learn, Responsibility.org’s free alcohol education program for youth ages 9-12 and their parents and educators. Explore unique ways to integrate science/research-based alcohol education into your class or program. We’ll discuss curriculum standards, resources for parents, underage rinking research, and specific best practices.
- The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention System for Families, Schools, and/or Developmentally Disabled: Michael R. Baldassarre, Ed.D. Cornell University’s Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) System is available for any child care organization or family support agency or group. By applying the principles of TCI, parents, teachers, and direct care workers can learn to successfully manage difficult situations with children and young adults. Research based methods for turning times of stress, anxiety, frustration, and anger are instrumental in creating opportunities for relationship building and understanding.
- A Parent’s Guide to Being a Vaccine Advocate: Rebecca Vanucci. This presentation will outline ways that parents can become vaccine advocates in their community. The presentation will include information on the benefits of vaccination, common myths about vaccines, school immunization and exemption data, how to find your local school’s immunization and exemption rates, and effective communication strategies to support vaccines.
- Navigating the Cyber World: Camila Barrera. This workshop explains the issues and possible consequences from cyber bullying, sexting, and revealing identifying information to strangers.