Join us for the Healthiest State annual conference on May 2, 2017 at the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center in Ames. Professionals gather from across the state of this one-day event.
Registration will open at 8:30am with a light breakfast, a buffet luncheon, and the day will come to a close at 4pm.
Our opening keynote speaker will be Philip Bors from Active Living by Design (ALBD). Phil is an original team member of ALBD, which helped launch the national active living movement. He is currently Technical Assistance Director, providing coaching and technical assistance to communities and funders working to advance health through collaborative active living and food access strategies, with an emphasis on health equity.
For our luncheon keynote, we are excited to host John Coyle, founder and CEO of The Art of Really Living, who is one of the world's leading experts in resiliency and Design Thinking. John is an NBC Sports analyst, two-time TEDx presenter, and author. He won an Olympic silver medal in speed skating - an achievement he attributes directly to a resilient mindset. John will be speaking on resiliency, and how to draw on your own natural strengths to flourish in the face of adversity.
Breakout Track Topics
A community garden not only encourages green space in an otherwise urban area, but assists in the community’s food security. How is this done? What are the successful practices? What can you do to be engaged and make an impact in your community? Join us, and you’ll find out.
Did you know your zip code could impact your health more than your genetic code? Providing healthy food for the general population is not an easy task but this panel is set out to achieve that. We’ll work on building the connectivity around our access to healthier food – for all Iowans.
Complete streets are for everyone – drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders. But how do we design and implement these in our communities? Across the country there are big movements to change the approach to community planning and alternate transportation modes. Listen in and learn what could, and should, be coming to your community soon.
Do you sit at a desk all day? Does your employer encourage physical activity? This panel will take examples of workplace best practices and how they promote physical well-being in their offices, as well as integrating social and emotional health. You’ll take with you innovative strategies for enhancing workplace movement and for an overall cultural change.
Mindfulness in the Workplace
Do you bring your best self to work everyday? Not likely. But join us and learn how you can – and how your workplace environment can be changed to help you do just that. Let’s work on an internal design to facilitate greater well-being in your work environment. We’ll share examples of success stories in changing the dynamic that allows you to bring your best self to work.
Feeling supported as an employee and given the tools and opportunities to feel valued is key. Does your workplace offer and implement programs to support employees, especially volunteering? We’ll look at big and small companies who have been able to support their employees through volunteer and other programs in the community – and what it’s done for their employees overall social and emotional well-being.
Don't forget to wear your walking shoes as there will be movement incorporated throughout the day!
For a printable conference flyer to share, click here.