Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds: Advancing Children's Health In & Out of School...

Presented by
Harvard University Dining Services,
Let's Talk About Food &
The Massachusetts Health Council



See bottom of page for information on PARKING/TRANSPORTATION

6 CE Credits for School Nutrition Personnel

Countless children face a lifetime of health-related issues based on access to nutritious food. Our schools are on the front line of driving that access, and on educating children in the cafeteria and beyond about healthy choices. This third annual conference brings together all the essential stakeholders for a spirited discussion of common concerns and action steps that can mobilize all of us equally. 

Speakers and attendees include school food professionals, parents, policy and wellness advocates, and officials and academicians in the fields of law, nutrition, public health and education.

Featuring Keynote addresses from Marion Nestle & Betti Wiggins

“Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds" is presented with the objective of enabling participants to make our kids’ nutrition the best in the nation by creating an environment both in and out of school where great nutrition is fostered and valued and healthy choices, including healthy beverages and clean, drinkable water, are always the easiest ones. 


9:00am – Welcome (Louisa Kasdon & David Martin)

9:15am – Taxing Sugar, Why and How (Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University)

10:15am – The School Food Environment: The Dietary and Health Effects of School Meal Standards, Fresh F&V Programs and Competitive Food Standards (Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, Dean Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy)

11:00am – Break

11:15am – Marketing Food to Kids - Psychology and Behavior, Social Media, POS, Increasing Participation (Steve Gortmaker, Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology. Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health)

12:15 – Chef Demonstrations of School Food Recipes/Menus & Lunch

1:15pm – A Conversation on Big City School Food (Betti Wiggins, Officer of Nutrition Services, Houston Independent School District; with Laura Benavidez, Executive Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Boston Public Schools)

2:15pm – Breakout Sessions Round 1 of Successful/Best Practices

  • Fringe School Food - after school, nights, weekends, and alt operations (Joanne Lennon, Food Service Director, Chicopee Public Schools; April Laskey, Food Service Director, Billerica Public Schools; Lynn Petrowski, Food Service Director, Hanover Public Schools; Lauren Cook/Grace Lichaa and Jeffery Greenberg- Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston)
  • Current Outlook on Food Policy & Funding in and out of schools (Emma Clippinger, Clinical Fellow, Food Law & Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School)
  • Teaching Health Habits in Schools that Carry out of the Classroom/Culinary Literacy (Janice Watt, SNS, Food Service Director, Foxborough Public Schools; Jeanne Reilly, Food Service Director, Windham Raymond Maine Schools; Laurent Adamowicz, Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation)

3:00pm – Breakout Sessions Round 2 of Successful/Best Practices

  • Changing Perceptions & Attitudes About School Food: Helping advocates and champions understand both the challenges but also the ways they can HELP their school food program tout their successes (Janice Watt, SNS, Food Service Director, Foxborough Public Schools; Mara Fleishman, CEO, Chef Ann Foundation)
  • Increasing Breakfast Participation, The Massachusetts School Breakfast Report Card (Andrea Silbert, President, Eos Foundation)
  • Understanding school food funding for non-SN Directors (Maria Hall, Food Service Director, Walpole Public Schools; Jeanne Sheridan, Food Service Director, Acushnet & Blackstone Schools; Kristin Morello, Food Service Director, Reading & Wakefield Schools)
  • School Wellness Committee Engagement (Sandra Widland, Parent; Rob Leshin,  Director of Nutrition Programs, MA Dept of Education; Deb Spinelli, Superintendent, Foxborough Public Schools; Liz Murphy, Principal, Sharon Public Schools)

4:00pm – Getting to the State House - Turning Ideas into Policy

  • Senator Jason Lewis, Democrat - Fifth Middlesex
  • Allyson Perron Drag - Senior Government Relations Director, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
  • Catherine D’Amato - President & CEO, The Greater Boston Food Bank

4:45pm – "Town Hall" Discussion: Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax Discussion – Where should the money go? How can we all be involved?

5:30pm – Close



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Travel by MBTA is easy and encouraged. Take the Red Line to the Harvard stop. It is a short 10 minute walk to the event venue.

ParkingOne-day parking passes in Harvard’s nearby Broadway Garage location may be purchased in advance by logging in to the Harvard parking system: https://onedaypermit.vpcs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/permit/purchase.pl

Register to use the system with the following Department Name and Department Code:
-          DEPARTMENT NAME:    Visitor to Campus
-          DEPARTMANT CODE:     7700

Once the registration is complete, you will be sent an automated communication to the email address used when registering to confirm that it is valid; simply click on the link provided in the communication.

From there, log into the system and choose the option “Broadway Garage. Weekdays 7:00AM - 11:30PM. or 52 Oxford Street garage.”  Then choose the program date (June 7). You will need the license plate of the vehicle you are bringing in order to continue with the purchase. Should you have a rental vehicle, use “RENTAL” and the last four digits of your phone number (i.e. RENTAL1234).  Once the permit is added to the basket and ready to pay for the permit, you will be re-directed to CyberSource, which is a web-based system set to accept most credit card transactions. Once payment is received, you can print the permit from your computer by clicking on the .PDF or .PNG link found upon completion.

Public parking pay lots are also available day-of at noted locations.



Wed, June 7, 2017

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM EDT


Harvard University

1 Oxford Street

Cambridge, MA 02138


*To request a scholarship of $25 (half off) for the June 7 conference, please submit a short statement to crista_martin@harvard.edu
outlining your interest in the program, how attendance will benefit your work in school food advocacy and why a scholarship is vital for your participation. We have a limited number of scholarships available and will consider requests on a rolling basis.

When you are approved for a scholarship, you will receive an email confirmation with a registration discount code. You should then formally register and pay the balance of the program fee not covered by the scholarship.


“Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds " is the product of a partnership between Let's Talk About Food, the Massachusetts Health Council and Harvard University Dining Services.