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| WHAT TO EXPECT |

The Choices Conference provides knowledge, skills, resources, and networking for those who bring nutrition, health, and wellness information to Michigan citizens of all ages. In 2017, it will be held March 22-24 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo, MI.

INSPIRING KEYNOTES FROM INDUSTRY LEADERS

This year, you’ll hear from Dawn Clifford, Anne R. Lindsay, and Victor J. Strecher about leveraging multimedia strategies in health, motivational interviewing, and ways to help move people forward by meeting them where they are. Learn more about our keynoters here.

DIVERSE BREAKOUT SESSIONS

From food culture to effective communication, community change, and coaching techniques – there’s a breakout session for everyone at this year’s Choices. See the full agenda here.

CONNECT WITH PEERS

Choices serves as an excellent opportunity to engage with peers that work in your industry. Who knows, your next collaborative project could take root over a cup of coffee (and we’ll have plenty of that!).

| AGENDA |

8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

ServSafe Training

10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m

Pre-conference Session:  Active Living by Design Community Action Model

Risa Wilkerson, Executive Director, Active Living by Design, Chapel Hill, NC

8:30 a.m.

Registration and Light Refreshments with Exhibitors

10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address: Motivate Change with Motivational Interviewing

Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD, Associate Professor and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics, California State University, Chico, CA

11:15 a.m.

Break with exhibitors and move to workshops

11:30 a.m.

Workshops: Group A

12:45 p.m.

Move to lunch

1:45 p.m.

Move to workshops

2:00 p.m.

Workshops: Group B

3:15 p.m.

Break with exhibitors

3:30 p.m.

Workshops: Group C

4:45 p.m.

Adjourn

Evening

Dinner on your own

Special Conference Features:

Marker Ninja

Graphic recording of many of the Choices Conference sessions will be conducted by Trent Wakenight, MA, of Marker Ninja in Virginia.

Two-thirds of us are visual learners. Our retention of discussions and concepts is greater when visuals are a part of a meeting. Graphic recording captures the themes and key messages of presentations and discussions in real time through hand-drawn pictures, icons, and images to extract and demonstrate meaning from contexts and discussion. Graphic recorders can sketch and lead discussions as they unfold using research-based techniques, methods and templates. The end product – a large poster representing the meeting – can strengthen understanding of complex issues, make groups smarter, foster open cooperation and idea-sharing, and lead groups toward decision-making and a collaborative vision. Participants share more when their inputs are acknowledged and they can see how they fit into the discussion. Together, the group creates a memorable vision and pictures that last.

Physical Activity at Choices

Fitness classes are also available for $5 for hotel guests and $10 for others. You must sign up for classes 48 hours in advance. You can check the class schedule at www.kalamazooathleticclub.com or by calling 269-226-3184 in advance of the conference.

Costs associated with the Kalamazoo Athletic Club cannot be reimbursed through SNAP-Ed and, for MFF SNAP-Ed Partners, will not be moved to the master bill if charged to your room.

Choices Book Store

The Choices Barnes & Nobels book store is located in the exhibit area in the Kalamazoo Room on the lower level. Two of our keynote speakers, Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD, and Victor Strecher, PhD, MPH, have books available. Rodney Page, a breakout session presenter, has a CD for sale; and James Prochaska, the opening keynote speaker at Choices 2016, has a new book out. In addition, a variety of books on topics of interest relating to food, health, or collaboration are available.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation does not endorse, recommend, or make representations with respect to the products sold at the Choices Book Store. These items do not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Michigan Fitness Foundation or its staff.

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:35 a.m.

Keynote Address

Anne R. Lindsay, PhD, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, University of Nevada Extension, Las Vegas, NV

9:30 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

9:45 a.m.

Workshops: Group D

11:00 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

11:15 a.m.

Workshops: Group E

12:30 p.m.

Lunch Buffet

1:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote:  Life on Purpose: From Wellness to Engaged Wellbeing in The Digital Age

Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, The University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

2:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Special Conference Features:

Marker Ninja

Graphic recording of many of the Choices Conference sessions will be conducted by Trent Wakenight, MA, of Marker Ninja in Virginia.

Two-thirds of us are visual learners. Our retention of discussions and concepts is greater when visuals are a part of a meeting. Graphic recording captures the themes and key messages of presentations and discussions in real time through hand-drawn pictures, icons, and images to extract and demonstrate meaning from contexts and discussion. Graphic recorders can sketch and lead discussions as they unfold using research-based techniques, methods and templates. The end product – a large poster representing the meeting – can strengthen understanding of complex issues, make groups smarter, foster open cooperation and idea-sharing, and lead groups toward decision-making and a collaborative vision. Participants share more when their inputs are acknowledged and they can see how they fit into the discussion. Together, the group creates a memorable vision and pictures that last.

Physical Activity at Choices

Fitness classes are also available for $5 for hotel guests and $10 for others. You must sign up for classes 48 hours in advance. You can check the class schedule at www.kalamazooathleticclub.com or by calling 269-226-3184 in advance of the conference.

Costs associated with the Kalamazoo Athletic Club cannot be reimbursed through SNAP-Ed and, for MFF SNAP-Ed Partners, will not be moved to the master bill if charged to your room.

Choices Book Store

The Choices Barnes & Nobels book store is located in the exhibit area in the Kalamazoo Room on the lower level. Two of our keynote speakers, Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD, and Victor Strecher, PhD, MPH, have books available. Rodney Page, a breakout session presenter, has a CD for sale; and James Prochaska, the opening keynote speaker at Choices 2016, has a new book out. In addition, a variety of books on topics of interest relating to food, health, or collaboration are available.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation does not endorse, recommend, or make representations with respect to the products sold at the Choices Book Store. These items do not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Michigan Fitness Foundation or its staff.

| KEYNOTE SPEAKERS |

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 Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE DIDACTIC PROGRAM IN DIETETICS, DEPARTMENT OF NUTRITION AND FOOD SCIENCE
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO

Dawn Clifford is an associate professor and serves as Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at California State University in Chico. She co-founded and is the current director of FitU, a peer mentoring nutrition and exercise counseling program on campus.

Dr. Clifford received the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the 2013-2014 school years. She conducts research and is an accomplished speaker in the areas of motivational interviewing and non-diet approaches to health and wellness. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and is the co-author of Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness. In addition, she has published several research articles in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and written curriculum for Today’s Dietitian and Nutrition Dimensions.

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Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH

PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR FOR INNOVATION AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOLS OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICINE
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, JOOL HEALTH, INC.

Dr. Strecher is a behavioral scientist, professor, and Director of Innovation at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. In 1995, he founded the University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research. In 1998, he founded HealthMedia, a digital health coaching company that was sold to Johnson & Johnson a decade later.

He founded JOOL Health in 2015, a digital health solution company that integrates the science of health and well-being, advanced smartphone and biometric technology, and big data analytics. His most recent book is Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything (HarperOne).

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Anne Lindsay, PhD

SPECIALIST, HEALTH AND NUTRITION, EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA EXTENSION

Anne Lindsay is an exercise physiologist at the University of Nevada Extension. Her education and research includes women under correctional supervision with co-occurring issues in substance abuse, eating disorders, body image, and health, which led to her development of the Healthy Steps to Freedom program. Her interests include childhood obesity, especially physical activity and healthy at any size for preschool children. She currently serves as co-chair of the Community Health Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine global health initiative and has worked with worksite health promotion, YMCA Fitness Standards, and fitness for firefighter, police, and security forces.

| VENUE |

Online hotel reservations for the Choices Conference are closed. Please call the Kalamazoo Radisson directly at 269-343-3333 and say you are attending the Choices Conference to check on availability of the approved conference rate of $119 plus tax. If you have questions, contact Diane Drago at ddrago@dmsevents.com.

For local dining options, visit Discover Kalamazoo

A1: I Speak MI: 6 Steps to Enhance Your MI Skills
Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD, Associate Professor and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics, California State University, Chico, CA
While learning Motivational Interviewing (MI) is easy, becoming proficient requires some practice. In this workshop, you will learn six steps to making client interactions more MI-adherent. You will leave with a plan and some concrete counseling strategies that you can start to use immediately, ultimately leading to satisfied and motivated clients. The session will include opportunities to try MI skills through creative and innovative activities in a supportive environment, where stumbling and fumbling over your words is encouraged!

A2: Effective Data Visualization
Jennifer Lyons, MSW, Evergreen Data, Kalamazoo, MI
Presenting data effectively leads to people actually reading our data and reports. When we can engage people with intentional reporting, our audience will be more engaged and able to take informed action.

Evergreen Data’s 4-Step Visualization Process will be reviewed by examining before and after data transformations. Grounded in visual processing theory, the principles will enhance your ability to communicate more effectively with peers, colleagues, and clients, by focusing on the proper use of color, arrangement, graphics, and text. You will walk away knowing the anatomy of a good visualization and will have more tools to better design your PowerPoint presentations, reports, fact sheets, dashboards, and conference posters.

A3: Thinking Outside of the Box
Rodney Page, DJ, Full Engagement Experience, Lansing, MI
Do you want to maximize your talents and skills to the highest potential? The dynamic DJ, Rodney Page, uses personal anecdotes to show how being creative, innovative and compassionate in your interactions with others leads to success. With the combination of music and encouraging words, Mr. Page will challenge how you view the obstacles life presents through a different set of lenses.

B4: Black Chefs in America (Part 1)
Demarra Gardner, MA, Principal/Lead Consultant, Change Agent Consulting, Kalamazoo, MI
Discover the rich history that black chefs have contributed to the way we eat today. This two-part session will explore a historical context for black chefs in America, why there are so few African Americans chefs today (although the numbers are increasing daily), barriers that exist for them to be recognized for their artistry, and the role we can play in supporting them.
In this first workshop, we will focus on the barriers that keep the masses from seeing the inherent value of Black Chefs in America noting the robust contributions they have made for centuries. In a continuation of the session at 3:30 p.m., we will discover kitchen savvy educators, restaurateurs, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, authors, activists, and celebrity personalities.

B5: Empowering Families into Action for Healthier Kids!
Barb Flis, BIS, Founder, Parent Action for Healthy Kids, South Lyon, MI
Many families are supportive of health initiatives for young people, but often, our perception of families is the opposite. In this session, you will gain an understanding of how attitudes toward families can be a motivating or de-motivating factor to engagement. Key needs and concerns of families will be identified along with ways to empower families into action.

B6: Local School Wellness Policy: What new requirements mean for Michigan school districts
Whitney Vance, MS, RDN, Nutrition Consultant, Michigan Department of Education, Lansing, MI
Local School Wellness Policies are changing due to new requirements recently set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This session will highlight the new requirements, action steps schools and districts can take to comply with the requirements, and how family and community members can become involved with the wellness policy process in their local areas. School districts must begin developing revised local wellness policies during the 2016-17 school year and fully comply with the new requirements by June 30, 2017. Join this session to learn how to help Michigan school districts meet this fast approaching deadline!

B7: Create Lasting Community Change
Risa Wilkerson, MA, Executive Director, Active Living By Design, Chapel Hill, NC
How can partners address complex community change and best honor community context, engage residents and lift equity? Active Living By Design’s Community Action Model illustrates an evidence-informed, field-tested process that incorporates key components for community change—multi-sector partnerships, ongoing preparation, and practical strategies. These components incorporate six essential practices: health equity focus, community engagement, facilitative leadership, sustainable thinking, culture of learning, and strategic communication. Discover how community partnerships across the U.S. have achieved impressive and lasting results utilizing the model and gain tools to effectively incorporate this model into your current work.

C8: Coaching 101
Kathy Grosso, Consultant, Leadership That Works, Bellevue, MI
Coaching has become a common practice when interacting with people. What does this really mean and how can we use it in our everyday interactions and conversations? This hands-on session will explore how you can use basic coaching skills to help shift the way you communicate with individuals, engage with classes, and partner with organizations. Adding coaching skills to your existing expertise will shift your focus from problem solving to empowering people and organizations.

C9: Black Chefs in America (Part 2)
Demarra Gardner, MA, Principal/Lead Consultant, Change Agent Consulting, Kalamazoo, MI
This is the continuation of Session B4 held at 2:00 p.m. During this second part of the session, we will discover kitchen savvy educators, restaurateurs, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, authors, activists, and celebrity personalities. A look at integrating this knowledge into your food education work will be the focal point. Positive examples of how black chefs and farmers are being celebrated and what we can do to support them will also be explored.

C10: Effective Data Visualization (Repeat of Session A2)
Jennifer Lyons, MSW, Evergreen Data, Kalamazoo, MI
Presenting data effectively leads to people actually reading our data and reports. When we can engage people with intentional reporting, our audience will be more engaged and able to take informed action.
Evergreen Data’s 4-Step Visualization Process will be reviewed by examining before and after data transformations. Grounded in visual processing theory, the principles will enhance your ability to communicate more effectively with peers, colleagues, and clients, by focusing on the proper use of color, arrangement, graphics, and text. You will walk away knowing the anatomy of a good visualization and will have more tools to better design your PowerPoint presentations, reports, fact sheets, dashboards, and conference posters.

C11: Herding Cats: Negotiating the Pleasures and Pitfalls in Community Change Work
J.R. Reynolds, Coordinator, Good Food Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI
Building a community coalition centered on social change is wildly satisfying. It also can be wildly frustrating. Learn why it’s so important to place relationships ahead of programs to create change. You will come to understand the difference between “thinkers” and “doers” and why you need both among your allies. Find out how to build a “kitchen cabinet” to help guide the work. Recognize the effects various leadership styles and how they positively (and negatively) impact the course of your work. Spot the traps that can hamstring change efforts because of issues related to race, class and gender. Learn the secret to effective communication with media, and how those messages can make or break you.

D12: Thanks to You…Emerging Best Practices
Justin Fast, Social Initiatives Specialist
Mary Grill, Director of Training and Resources
Ben Kohrman, Communications Specialist
Theresa Zwemer, Project Manager
Michigan Fitness Foundation, Lansing, MI
MFF SNAP-Ed Partners have raised the bar. Come see the highlights of their work on three statewide pilot projects: Produce for Pantries, Farm Market Food Navigators, and Coaching for Community Transformation. You will leave inspired and equipped to share these resources with key stakeholders in your community.
Are you a SNAP-Ed programmer looking to add partnerships and effective community-based PSE work to your plan? Are you a health and wellness professional looking for simple, effective ways to make a difference in your spare time and in your own community? Are you a volunteer who wants to help improve your local food pantry, or a “foodie” who wants to help small farms thrive? Then this session is for you.

D13: The #1 Secret to Communication Success: Know Thy Audience
Barbara Mayfield, MS, RD, CD, Nutrition Communicator, Delphi, IN
If you want your audience to listen to what you have to say, listen to them. Discover how a needs assessment allows you to tailor your message to your audience. Learn how to connect with audiences and communicate in ways they can understand and apply. This session will review principles of cultural sensitivity and how to relate to various generations and socio-economic groups.

D14: The ABCs of Safe Routes to Schools
Meg Thomas Ackerman, Director, Safe Routes to School, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Lansing, MI
Imagine this win-win situation: what if you could help children to concentrate and learn better in school while developing life-long healthy habits, and simultaneously improve safety and air quality while reducing traffic around schools? You could accomplish this and be a catalyst to increase walking and biking and decrease children being driven to school by introducing a Safe Routes to School program to the schools that you work with or live near. This session will guide participants in designing and implementing a Safe Routes to School program tailored to fit the needs of your school(s) and community, provide strategies for increasing participation, and where to find the resources to help. Additionally, learn how other schools and communities across Michigan are finding multiple successes by adding a 15-minute walk to their children’s school day routine. This program is appropriate for all schools and communities, whether urban, suburban, or rural.

D15: Mission Readiness and Resilience
Deborah Harris, MPH, RD, CDE, Dietitian, Defense Commissary Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, Fort Lee, VA
This session will address the use of social marketing constructs to convey that the Commissary is more than a grocery to patrons, staff and health and wellness stakeholders that has resulted in key partnerships, endorsements and direct and indirect engagements of the military community. The session will also provide examples of key DOD health and wellness efforts targeted at the military community and how the commissary has aligned efforts resulting in mutual gains. Examples of various systems used to change the “environment” will be discussed.

E16: Beyond Exercise: Physical activity for the ages!
Anne R. Lindsay, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Exercise Physiology and Public Health, University of Nevada Extension, Las Vegas, NV
Why do some people love the gym and some people hate the gym? Why do some kids love sports and others hate going to their PE class? Why are some seniors active and others sedentary? This workshop will dig a little deeper into how we can turn our physical activity lesson plans and interventions into lifestyle processes for our audiences. Public health approaches as well as individual level methods to education will be addressed, including some evaluation. We don’t have to be fitness experts or psychologists to motivate and promote physical activity. We do need to better understand the people we serve and create opportunities for success.

E17: Embedding Coaching Practices into Our Organization and Work
Kathy Grosso, Consultant, Leadership That Works, Bellevue, MI
Imagine an organization where coaching is embedded in the everyday practices and culture of the organization. We’ll explore what is possible when coaching skills are used intentionally in meetings, decision making, and strategy sessions. Session participants will have the opportunity to experience coaching and use the wisdom of the group to discuss how coaching and coaching skills can be the ‘norm’ for everyone in the organization.

E18: Examine the Evidence: Separate Fact from Fiction
Barbara Mayfield, MS, RD, CD, Nutrition Communicator, Delphi, IN
Do the audiences you work with have trouble discerning whether what they see, read, and hear about diets, food, and nutrition is truthful or bogus? Learn how to evaluate sources of nutrition information and be able to separate what is questionable from what is credible. The public often wonders why nutrition scientists “keep changing their minds.” Be prepared to describe the scientific process and the evolving nature of nutrition research. Help your audiences examine the evidence and put findings into context.

E19: The Wonderful World of Chocolate
Patrick F. Fields, PhD, Professor of Biology, Olivet College,
Olivet, MI
Join DocChoc (AKA Dr. Patrick F. Fields) to learn about the exciting world of chocolate: what it is, where it comes from, how it is made from the cacao plant, and some of the history of human interaction with the world’s most delicious food, including the health benefits, fads, myths, etc. Then stick around for a tasting of about a dozen different types of chocolate.