2016 Choices Conference

Dearborn, Michigan
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
2016 Choices Conference
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - Friday, March 11, 2016

The Dearborn Inn
20301 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
United States

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More information about Choices 2016 can be found by clicking the tabs above.

Please note:  Registration for Session E15 (The DocChoc) is closed.

Lodging Note: You must make your own hotel reservation and provide the hotel with a credit card. Registering for the conference does not automatically provide you with a lodging reservation. link on the Lodging tab above for details.

Pre-Conference Workshops:  Wednesday, March 9

Eat Right and Be Active
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  (Lunch is included.)

Sara Johnson, PhD, Senior Vice President, Research and Product Development, Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

Leading models of behavior change, such as the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM), provide a robust foundation for developing online, individually tailored behavior change interventions.  This pre-conference workshop will provide a brief review of the TTM and an overview of how it has been used to develop computer-tailored interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity among diverse populations, including adults, pregnant women, teens and tweens. The results from rigorous randomized trials that demonstrate the efficacy of the programs will be shared.

Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants.

ServSafe Food Protection Manager Training and Certification Exam
Training begins at 8:00 a.m. Certification Exam begins at 4:00 p.m.

MFF is offering a ServSafe Food Protection Manager Training and Certification Exam to Choices Conference participants. For more information visit the previous link and click on March 9 to register. Space is limited to 35 participants.

To register:   http://www.michigannutritionnetwork.org/node/465

MFF requires all staff implementing food tastings or cooking demonstrations be supervised by a designated staff member who is ServSafe certified.

Eye on the Prize!  Measuring Real Change by Institutional Systems and Whole Communities
1:00-4:30 p.m.

Sue Foerster, MPH,
Founder & Chief, Network for a Healthy California, California Dept. of Public Health (Ret) and   Co-Chair, ASNNA Evaluation Committee, Carmichael, CA

SNAP-Ed is a responsive, diverse national program with strong community foundations, a rigorous theoretical design, and numerous evidence-based interventions that are intended to make big differences in low-income communities, but it has been challenging to compile its many outcomes, especially policy, systems and environmental changes (PSEs).  The purpose of the new, peer-developed USDA SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework is to help stakeholders across the country deliver programs and describe their results to partners and decision makers so as to build a stronger movement for positive change.

This pre-conference will provide a quick snapshot of the Framework, then zero in on two chapters—environmental settings and sectors of influence—with practical examples.  Interactive sessions will enable participants to choose among key institutional systems like schools, worksites, and food retail, and on multi-sector initiatives such as food systems, social marketing, health care or transport/recreation.  The work sessions will enable participants to practice planning for outcomes, measurement and reporting in line with national priorities.

MSU Extension Session
You must be an employee of MSU Extension to attend either of the following sessions.

Coaching for PSE Initiatives
Presenters:  Erin Powell and Becky Henne, Michigan State University Extension
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. lunch included

A training that will provide you with the tools needed to be comfortable delivering PSE initiatives. The morning will cover recruiting, facilitation, and coaching by showing you specific tools and strategies to use. The afternoon will breakout into each PSE initiative (school, worksites, child care) and allow you to practice your new skills related specifically to those initiatives.

Strong Women Program Training
Presenters:  Angela Flickinger, Nancy Krueger, Leatta Byrd, Michigan State University Extension
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., lunch included
Note: Registration is limited to the first 30 registrants; no more than two per district.

Please join us to be trained in the Strong Women Program. The Strong Women Program is safe, effective enjoyable and affordable for communities and participants alike. It eliminates the primary barriers to exercise participation by enabling a variety of communities to offer a program that is easy to learn and can be performed with low cost equipment in a variety of settings. The Strong Women Program will benefit the health of middle-aged and older women by providing community leaders the tools needed to begin sound exercise programs. Once you have completed this program and been completed your test you will be certified to teach the Strong Women Program.




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