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Presented by: Hy-Vee, Inc.

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.

Phil Bors

Breakfast Keynote

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. 

John Coyle

Luncheon Keynote

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

Eat Well.

Community Food Systems: Gardens, Agriculture, and Community Development
Community gardens take on many different roles, and many different designs; they can encourage green space, health and assist in community’s food security. Communities can also take on many different approaches to food system development beyond garden space, in order to assist in community development and revitalization.  This presentation will talk about a scope of different projects around the state, including community gardens, and how this community based approach can be used in your community.  It will include an overview of the process, successful practices, and how you can be engaged and make an impact in your community. Join us for inspiring ways to get involved in your community.

Courtney Long
ISU Extension

Jami Haberl, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative 

Food Access
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. 

Aryn McLaren
Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, Double Up Food Bucks

Aubrey Alvarez
Eat Greater Des Moines

Linda Gobberdiel
Growing Bolder

Helen Eddy, Hy-Vee

Move More.

Complete Streets
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.

Mike Armstrong
Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization

Mary Lawyer, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Workplace Movement
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.

Tracey Orman

Jill Patterson
Happy Medium

Mickey Shields
League of Cities

Craig Hanken, Iowa Alliance of YMCAs

Feel Better.

Business Case for Wellbeing & Why Space Matters
The nature of work is quickly shifting from solo task work to team based knowledge work. Employers understand that great people who are engaged in their work and eager to put forth discretionary effort are critical to their success.

A large amount of time is spent at work and people want a space that inspires them to do great work and ultimately improves their wellbeing.  Research supports what logic already tells us; healthy, happy employees are more productive, more engaged and ultimately improve the bottom line. The workspace is quickly becoming a critical component to a company's overall competitive strategy.

Kim Augspurger

Chris Wehde, Iowa Bankers Association 

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. 

Mike McDonald
Kreg Tools

Andrea Gronau
Worldly Goods

Sarah Haines
ITA Group

Brianne Fitzgerald, Volunteer Iowa

Don't forget to wear your walking shoes as there will be movement incorporated throughout the day! 

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Gold Sponsor Level:

IA Bankers Association    Wellmark  

Silver Sponsor Level:

Amerigroup    American Heart AssociationDes Moines University

Iowa Department of Public Health  Iowa State University

ITA GroupMidwest Dairy




AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa

American Heart Association

Des Moines University

Drake University

Iowa Alliance of YMCAs 

Iowa Bankers Association

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa State University

ITA Group

McFarland Clinic

Midwest Dairy

RDG Planning & Design



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