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SWEAT Conference

SWEAT2017.pngStudent Wellness Education & Training
April 12-13  |  Kearney Holiday Inn

A student health and wellness conference with breakouts and general sessions on physical, mental and behavioral health, and how it affects your school policies. 

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Suggested Audience:
Board Members; Superintendents/ESU Administrators; Teachers; Counselors; Administrators; School Nurses; Crisis Team Members; Local Public Health Departments; Extension Professionals

SWEAT Agenda

Wednesday, April 12
  • 6:00 PM Registration
  • 6:30 PM Healthy Schools Showcase, Dinner & Program  |  Dan Meers, a.k.a KC Wolf
Thursday, April 13
  • 8:30 AM Registration
  • 9:00 AM Opening General Session  |  Ali Khan
  • 10:20 AM A - Breakout Sessions
  • 11:20 AM B - Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00 PM Lunch & General Session  |  Dayle Hayes
  • 1:15 PM Brain Break Exercises  |  Led by Public School students & Midwest Dairy Council
  • 1:50 PM C - Breakout Sessions
  • 2:45 PM D - Breakout Sessions
  • 3:20 PM Wrap-up
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Wednesday, April 12

Registration, Healthy Schools Showcase, Dinner & Program  |  Dan Meers  |  6:30 PM 
  • A man whose energy, humor and excitement not only entertain, but also encourage others to strive for the best in life.  Dan has been KC Wolf, the mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs, for more than 25 years.  In 2006 he was selected as the first NFL mascot inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame.  His work and experiences as a professional sports mascot have reinforced the philosophy that laughter and a cheerful heart are good medicine.  He is also a firm believer that when you learn to think only the best and work for only the best, you can start to expect the best.

Thursday, April 13
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Opening General Session  |  Ali Khan  |  9:00 to 10:00 AM 
  • Ali Khan, MD, MPH, is a former Assistant Surgeon General and current Dean of the College of Public Health at University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Dr. Khan’s professional career has focused on health security, global health, and emerging infectious diseases. He completed a 23 year career as a senior director a the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which he joined as a disease detective.  As Dean of UNMC College of Public Health, his focus is on health system and community based transformations.  Dean Khan’s vision is for the College to play an integral role in making Nebraska the healthiest and most equitable state in the Union as a national and global model for wellness.  Dr. Khan received his medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and has a Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.  He completed his pediatrics and internal medicine training at the University of Michigan.  He has authored numerous papers and publications and consulted extensively for multiple US organizations, ministries of health, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Khan is the author of The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers.
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A - Breakout Sessions  |  10:20 to 11:00 AM

A1  How to Make Schools and Classrooms Resilient and Why It Matters
Resilient schools have strong interpersonal relationships among the students and teachers that work there, and support students’ emerging capacities for self confidence, self-control and self-direction.  Students who learn in resilient schools are more engaged, more committed to learning, and ultimately more successful.  This presentation will describe strategies for using student reports to refine and strengthen the resilience of a school.
PRESENTER: Beth Doll | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A2  Farm To School- How to Get Started
Farm to School programs provide youth, pre-K through High School aged students, with access to nutritious food, while supporting local farmers and communities. This program not only provides young people with fresh, local food, but also helps them understand where their food comes from and how food choices affect their health, environment and community.
PRESENTERS: Jessie Coffey | Lincoln Public Schools; Sara Smith | NDE - Nutrition Services; Caryn Kusleika  |  Midwest Dairy

A3  Physical Education Standards Update and Wellness Policy Implementation Strategies
Hear from experts on the updated Nebraska PE standards, best practice recommendation for physical activity during the school days and nutrition standards and nutrition education elements required as part of the updated wellness policy rulings.
PRESENTERS: Julane Hill & Zainab Rida | Nebraska Department of Education

B - Breakout Sessions  |  11:20 AM to 12:00 PM

B1  The Hidden Potential within Collaborations
How can we make our schools healthier? Community healthier? What opportunities are we missing? Dr. Bob Rauner and Michelle Welch, RD will help you find new ideas of community and statewide opportunities for collaboration that may take the health of your school, families and community to the next level.
PRESENTERS: Bob Rauner | Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln; Michelle Welch |  Lincoln Public Schools

B2  National Child Caring & Behavior Health Trends & Emerging Solutions
Robert Pick, Executive Vice President of Youth Care at Boys Town will share information about trends in behavior health and ideas about what can be done to improve situations. 
PRESENTER: Bob Pick | Boys Town

B3  Innovative Nutrition Education Programs
Engage in innovative approaches to provide low cost solutions and sustainability strategies to reduce food waste and increase the consumption of foods consistent with the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines.  Participants will be able to preview a toolkit that will help them identify and diagnose school lunchroom challenges and use evidence based Smarter Lunchroom strategies to improve students acceptance of school meal program offerings.
PRESENTERS: Jessie Coffey | Lincoln Public Schools; Zainab Rida | Nebraska Department of Education

2011 DAYLE HAYES (color).jpgLunch & General Session  |  Dayle Hayes  |  12:00 to 1:15 PM 
S.M.I.L.E about the Learning Connection: How School Meals Improve Learning Environments
  • We know that school meals can help fill children’s nutrition gaps and enhance their ability to focus, concentrate and succeed in the classroom. For example, a simple school breakfast can significantly improve both children’s ability to learn and their classroom behavior. She will explore the newest resources for increasing participation; discuss strategies to get the support you need to expand breakfast and lunch consumption; and outline marketing techniques to share school meal excellence with your community.
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Brain Break Exercises  |  1:15 PM  |  Led by Public School students

C - Breakout Sessions  |  1:50 to 2:30 PM

C1  Return to Learn - Beyond the Concussion Awareness Act
The initial Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act was an important step to ensuring the health and safety of the youth participating in athletics across the state.  However, concussions impact all aspects of a child’s life, including academics.  The focus of this breakout will be to review the Return to Learn amendment, make sure that school personnel
are aware of the requirements, provide examples and resources that are available to help schools initiate, develop and enhance their Return to Learn process.
PRESENTERS: Ron Higdon | NSAA; Rusty McKune | University of Nebraska Medical Center

C2  Healthy School Environments
Let’s think about how the environment we call “normal” impacts the health and well being of those around us every day.
PRESENTER: Kate Heelan | University of Nebraska Kearney

C3  High Performance Snacks for High Performing Students: Best Fuel for Success in Academics and Athletics
The right foods and beverages can help students succeed academically and athletically. Join Dayle to learn how foods and beverages outside of school meals – snacks, concessions and fundraisers – can contribute to student health, well-being and success. Explore positive ways to improve the quality of these eating occasions without sacrificing the sales bottom line. 
PRESENTER: Dayle Hayes | School Meals That Rock

D - Breakout Sessions  |  2:45 to 3:20 PM

D1  Mental Health First Aid
Mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse are shockingly common in the United States.  The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness in both adults and youth.
PRESENTER: Mike Goos  | Columbus Public Schools

D2  School Enrichment Kits: Helping Schools Achieve Wellness Efforts
Nebraska Team Nutrition provides teachers with the competencies, knowledge, and skills necessary to teach nutrition and physical activity and enable them to be effective mentors. This session will share information on implementing School Enrichment Kits (SEK) that assist Nebraska schools meet all 8 School Wellness Policy (SWP) elements.
PRESENTERS: Kristen Houska & Jessica Meuleners | Team Nutrition/Nebraska Extension

D3  Addressing Hunger and Food Insecurity in Our Communities
Educate participants about the long term challenges involved with child food insecurity. The speakers will share solutions for ending child hunger that are currently being implemented in Nebraska. 
PRESENTERS: Jean Fischer | UNL Extension; Rachel Olive | Hunger Free Heartland
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