Healthiest State Conference

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Date/Time:Thursday, 19 May 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:Scheman Building
Channel:Iowa State University
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"Step It Up Iowa," speakers include Rear Admiral Jose Belardo, U.S. Public Health Service; Ann Mansfield, Northeast iowa Food and Fitness Initiative; and Pamela White, College of Human Sciences.


Breakout Sessions
Build It & They Will Come
This interactive session will be testing your knowledge on a community's built environment. You'll learn more about multimodal transportation and what a walkability assessment looks like for your community.
-- Teva Dawson, Senior Planner, Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization
-- Dylan Mullinex, Assistant Director, Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization

Walk This Way
Today's technology is full of resources available for walking and walkability programs, designs, etc. This panel will connect you to existing resources, whether that be corporate, community or individual!
-- Heidi Simon, Communications & Public Affairs Manager, America Walks
-- Sarah Taylor Watts, Physical Activity Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health

Walk the Talk
The three cities of Muscatine, Spencer and Ames are at varying stages of their walkability plans. Come hear how each city has navigated through government entities to create the best outcome for their community, funding walkability initiatives in their city, and barriers they have had to over come.
-- Facilitator: Larry James, Chair of ULI
-- Gregg Mandsager, City Administrator, City of Muscatine
-- Robert Fagen, City Manager, City of Spencer
-- Ann Campbell, Mayor, City of Ames

A Walk A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
This physicians panel will highlight the health benefits of walking and the barriers that have arisen in their industry. The panel will also examine the sustainability of walking's impact and cost savings of the patients who have stayed more active as they've aged.
-- Dr. Richard Deming, Medical Director, Mercy Cancer Center
-- Dr. Shawn Spooner, Sports Medicine Physician, UnityPoint Clinic
-- "Dr. Mike", Dr. Michael AbouAssaly, Family Physician, Holmes Murphy
-- Dr. Bill Langley, Executive Director, Clinical Integration/Accountable Care Organization, Genesis Health System

Take a Walk with Me
A discussion of how connecting and engaging Iowans is prompted through making walking a social event. This panel will also focus on how community is brought together through walking. It will highlight key social, emotional and physical well-being benefits.
-- Ashley Christensen, Regional Director, Walking School Bus Program, NE Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative
-- Rick Kozin, Director, Polk County Health Department
-- Dr. Peter Martin, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University