Doin’ a Forum right!

My Good Food Friends –

I’ve been a Member of the Children’s Environmental Health Working Group of Washington (CHE-WA) since its Founding in early 2008.  The CHE-WA Working Group http://washington.chenw.org/CEHgroup.html is pretty much the Who’s Who of Children’s Environment Health: EPA Region 10 Children’s Environmental Health, Washington State/Seattle/King County Departments of Public Health, Washington State Department of Ecology, University of Washington Children’s Environmental Health, Director, The World’s Library of Toxicology, American Lung Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, King County Hazardous Waste Management, University of Washington Ecogenetics Center, University Researchers, Government Agencies, Educators, Health and Child Care Providers, NPOs, Private Consultants, Community Members and Businesses.  It’s quite the collaborative, ever-expanding network.

The CHE-WA MISSION: To work collaboratively with diverse groups to eliminate children’s harmful environmental exposures in the Puget Sound region and beyond during their most critical developmental years: pre-conception to age eight.

As we say here at CHE-WA: “Healthy kids offer hope for a healthy World.”

WE ARE:  CHE-WA

WE ARE: CHE-WA

This seriously committed, and yet FUN Group, meets monthly to learn from guest speakers and each other, to present emerging science, study and project updates and reviews, to share best practices, to work together on projects of cross-common interest, to leverage resources and to eat ORGANIC DONUTS! www.MightyO.com

I’ve been to a jillion Conferences, Forums and Symposiums, most of which put me to sleep as ‘speakers’ drone on, reading their own PowerPoint™ presentations.  Makes ya want to yell, “Just mail it to me and let me go home!”

Well, my Colleagues, and in particular, Gail Gensler, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program of King County, Margo Young, EPA Region 10 Children’s Environmental Health, Aimee Boulanger, Private Environmental Health Consultant, Carolyn Gleason, MS, HRSA, Rachel Koller, Private Environmental/Toxics Consultant, Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders, Holly Davies, PhD, Senior Scientist, WA State Dept of Ecology and Nicole Thomsen, King County Public Health … along with EPA’s Gretchen Stewart’s glossy, full-color 12 page Program so that you could tell who the players were … produced a WINNER!

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Fast-paced A-List Panel Presentations, Discussions, Conversations and Q & A from both the Audience and between the Panelists themselves!  At one time during the height of an 8-Member Panel discussion, I thought I was watching the Discovery Channel!

FULL of brilliance and energy, our very own Master of Ceremonies, Margo Young, EPA, Region 10 Children’s Environmental Health Coordinator, ran the day!

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 With her professional expertise, warm and quick sense of humor, Margo was adept in combining headiness with some happiness.  The way she encouraged and cajoled the Audience into asking questions was a good as any TV Game Show.  And OF COURSE, there were PRIZES!  Lots of THEO Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Bars that made even the shy ask questions!

And for those of you who believe timeliness is next to Godliness, as I do, you would have loved this Forum.  You could have set you watch to the printed Segment times in the Program!

The biennial CHE-WA Forum 2013 was a BIG, sold-out, SUCCESSFUL Event of 200 influencers, decision-makers, decision-leaders with brilliant scientists and engaging panelists from across the country.  The Forum presented and showcased the most current environmental health science: Its relevant concerns, threats and avoidance of risks to health.

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 And hot social media was in play, too.

The CHE-WA Tweet MASTER at work, Krysta Thornton, American Lung Association,  along with Hanady Kader, EPA Region 10

The CHE-WA Tweet MASTER at work, Krysta Thornton, American Lung Association,
along with Hanady Kader, EPA Region 10

Go to https://twitter.com/KidsEnvirHealth and take a read of the Tweets that were LIVE from the Forum.  Lots of energy, some pretty heady stuff and FUN pics of the Organic Good Food!  There are reTweets and Favoreds with several then appearing on Facebook Pages!  UNCLE MATT’S® Organic reTweeted within one minute of the Tweet @UncleMatts with pic!  Some reTweets by a ‘What’s happening in Seattle Restaurants’ outfit that’s not even ‘Following’ and some ‘Following’ by those we’ve never heard of!  A Favored by Seattle Children’s® that has 27,708 followers!!! www.SeattleChildrens.com

For Marketing an ‘Event’, there’s synergy in Tweeting as there are reTweets and Favoreds.  #CHEWAForum2013 ends up with a lot of eyes on it and leaves a pretty good Story of its significance.  (Another heavy Tweeter/ReTweeter needs to be called out here, too: Marilyn Hair, MPH, University of Washington Ecogenetics Center! http://depts.washington.edu/ceeh/)

Unlike so many ‘health’ conferences, when during the break they serve equal®, Splenda®, Diet Coke® and a variety of non-organic ‘foods’, which sends a mixed message, at the CHE-WA Forum 2013, an ALL Organic Continental Breakfast, Lunch Buffet and Afternoon Snacks was catered by Portage Bay Café: Eat like you give a damn www.portagebaycafe.com

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 At THIS Forum, you could have gained weight … the Organic Good Food was so DELISH and ABUNDANT!

And as you might have imagined, EVERY detail was covered, to include even an Organic Zero-Calorie Sweetener!

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 Because you KNOW, if you’re going to eliminate a few environmental health risks in life, start with making the Organic Good Food Choice!

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 Healthy Environments for Healthy Babies

Preventing Harmful Environmental Exposures Before

and

During Pregnancy

2013 Northwest Children’s Environmental Health Forum

Hosted by CHE-WA, the Washington State Chapter of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila, Washington

Agenda

8:00 – 8:30  Organic Continental Breakfast by Portage Bay Café with UNCLE MATT’S® Organic        Juices and CROFTER’S® ORGANIC Fruit Spreads.

Florida SUNSHINE!   UNCLE MATT’S® Organic Juices  www.UncleMatts.com

Florida SUNSHINE!
UNCLE MATT’S® Organic Juices
www.UncleMatts.com

SATISFACTION!

SATISFACTION!

Fresh-baked Organic Scones with CROFTER’S® ORGANIC Fruit Spreads www.CroftersOrganic.com

Fresh-baked Organic Scones
with CROFTER’S® ORGANIC Fruit Spreads
http://www.CroftersOrganic.com

 

SATISFACTION!

SATISFACTION!

SATISFACTION!

SATISFACTION!

SATISFACTION!

Organic GOOD Food and a GOOD read!

Organic GOOD Food and a GOOD read!

 

 

 

8:30 – 8:45  Opening and Welcome: An Introduction to the Washington Chapter of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-WA) and the Children’s Environmental Health Working Group

 8:45 – 9:00  Overview – Reproductive Environmental Health: What is it? Why is it significant? What’s happening in the field that is important?

 Keynote Speaker: Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of  Public Health, Chicago

9:00 – 10:15  Reproductive Health 101: The Science of Human Fertility, Conception and Fetal Development –  An overview of “normal” development and function, and potential outcomes when systems are disrupted at vulnerable points in development

Panel Speakers in Conversation:

  • Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director, Science and Environmental Health Network, Bolinas, CA
  • Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Chicago
  • Karin Gunther Russ, MS, RN, National Coordinator, Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Maryland
  • Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD, MPH, University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Seattle
  • Kim Harley, PhD, Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, UC Berkeley, California
  • Moderator: Elise Miller, MEd, Director, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Whidbey Island, WA

10:15 – 10:30  Table response and discussion

10:30 – 10:45  EXHIBITS/NETWORKING BREAK Organic Baked Goods, Fruits and Beverages by Portage Bay Café with UNCLE MATT’S® Organic Juices and CROFTER’S® ORGANIC Fruit Spreads.

jovial® FOODS Gluten-Free and Einkorn Ancient Grain  inherently good Pastas www.JovialFoods.com REDMOND RealSalt® Nature’s First Sea Salt™ UNCLE MATT’S® FREE Juice Coupons

jovial® FOODS Gluten-Free and Einkorn Ancient Grain
inherently good Pastas http://www.JovialFoods.com
REDMOND RealSalt® Nature’s First Sea Salt™
UNCLE MATT’S® FREE Juice Coupons

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Fresh-baked Organic Muffin with CROFTER’S® ORGANIC Strawberry Fruit Spread

Fresh-baked Organic Muffin with
CROFTER’S® ORGANIC
Strawberry Fruit Spread

10:45 – 12:00      Cumulative Exposures: Cumulative Impacts to Health How stress, nutrition, poverty and chemical exposures work together to impact reproductive health and the developing child

Panel Speakers in Conversation:

  • Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, Bolinas, CA
  • Peggy Shepard, Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, West Harlem Environmental Action, New York
  • Emma Medicine White Crow, Chair, Washington State Governor’s Interagency Committee on Health Disparities, Olympia
  • Kim Harley, PhD, Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, UC Berkeley, CA
  • Moderator: Elise Miller, MEd, Director, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Whidbey Island, WA

12:00 – 12:10  Table response and discussion

12:10 – 12:30      Panel-Audience Question and Answer: With a full panel of all morning speakers

12:30 – 1:15  ORGANIC LUNCH BUFFET by PortageBay Café www.PortageBayCafe.com with UNCLE MATT’S Organic Juices

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REDMOND RealSalt® Nature’s First Sea Salt™  at the head of the table! www.RealSalt.com

REDMOND RealSalt® Nature’s First Sea Salt™
at the head of the table! http://www.RealSalt.com

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The newest from REDMOND RealSalt® Nature’s First Sea Salt™: RealSalt® with ALL Organic Onion, Corriander, Mustard, Black Pepper, Paprika, Celery Seed, Tumeric, Parsley

The newest from REDMOND RealSalt® Nature’s First Sea Salt™:
RealSalt® with ALL Organic Onion, Corriander, Mustard,
Black Pepper, Paprika, Celery Seed, Tumeric, Parsley

 

 

 

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 12:30 – 1:15  EXHIBITS/NETWORKING/RESOURCES

 1:15 – 2:15  Effective Action: Case Studies of Exciting New Efforts to Protect Reproductive Health

Panel Speakers in Conversation:

  • Robert Gould, MD, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, San   Francisco
  • Laurie Valeriano, Executive Director, Washington Toxics Coalition, Seattle
  • Toni Marthaller-Andersen MSN, Women to Wellness, Whidbey Island, WA
  • Peggy Shepard, Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, West Harlem Environmental Action, New York
  • Corey Colwell-Lipson, Licensed psychotherapist for women and couples, pre-conception through postpartum, Sammamish, WA
Corey Colwell-Lipson, Author, “Celebrate Green”

Corey Colwell-Lipson, Author, “Celebrate Green”

  • Holly Davies, PhD, Senior Scientist, Washington State Department of Ecology, Olympia, WA
  • Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Chicago
  • Moderator: Heather Trim, Science & Policy Director, Futurewise, Seattle

2:15 – 2:30  Table response and discussion

2:30 – 2:45  EXHIBITS/NETWORKING BREAK Organic Beverages, Trail Mix and COOKIES by Portage Bay Café with UNCLE MATT’S® Organic Juices

Katherine Pryor, Washington State Director  Healthy Food in Health Care  www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.com   Author, “Sylvia’s Spinach”  http://katherinepryor.com/Sylvia_s_Spinach.html

Katherine Pryor, Washington State Director
Healthy Food in Health Care
http://www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.com
Author, “Sylvia’s Spinach”
http://katherinepryor.com/Sylvia_s_Spinach.html

Book WINNER getting an autograph and a TWEET by Krysta!

Book WINNER getting an autograph and a TWEET by Krysta!

Just couldn’t wait:  The hand of Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT!

Just couldn’t wait:
The hand of Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT!

2:45 – 3:45  Emerging Science, Hot  Topics: Reason for Alarm? What do we Know? How Best to Practice the Precautionary Principle? What questions should we be asking and what precautions should we be taking regarding new information emerging on electromagnetic fields, nanoparticles, obesogens, Fukushima aftermath, endocrine disruptors and other exposures of concern?

Panel Speakers in Conversation with the  Audience:

  • Steven Gilbert, PhD, DABT, Institute for Neurotoxicology and Neurological Development, Seattle
  • Elise Miller, MEd, Director, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Whidbey Island, WA
  • Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, Bolinas, CA
  • Robert Gould, MD, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, San   Francisco 
  • Kim Harley, PhD,Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, UC Berkeley, CA
  • Karin Gunther Russ, MS, RN, National Coordinator, Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Maryland
  • Moderator: Aimee Boulanger, Children’s Environmental Health Working Group-Washington, Whidbey Island, WA

3:45 – 4:00  Closing Remarks

4:00  Adjourn

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To Your Health!

Dennis L. Weaver, MBA, GFG

Founder

Change Your Food – Change Your Life!™

425.774.8971

www.ChangeYourFood.com

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