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AAHPERD National Convention: Great Speaker Lineup

We’re so excited to be attending the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference in St Louis this week. We’re delighted to see so many great exhibitors in the hall. We’re excited to hear about the latest trends and issues in the field and we’re especially excited for a couple of the big keynote speakers.

Sam Kass –

Kass joined the White House Kitchen staff under Executive Chef Cris Comerford's leadership as Assistant Chef and, in 2010, became the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives. Kass was recently named Executive Director of Let's Move!, which celebrated its third anniversary in February.

Kass has a long interest in sustainable and nutritious ingredients and helped First Lady Michelle Obama create the first vegetable garden at the White house since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden. To date, the garden has yielded nearly 3,000 pounds of produce that has been used to feed event guests, staff and the First Family at the White House, with further harvest donated to local food shelters.

We can’t wait to learn more about how his love to cooking grew to into role as policy advisor and eventually set the state for Let’s Move! The vision and planning is inspiring.

Mark Fenton -

Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, transportation consultant and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television. His list of books included the best-selling Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness. An adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, he combines a public health perspective with engineering expertise (BS and MS degrees from MIT) to provide innovative community level program, design and policy solutions to create more walkable, bicycle and transit friendly settings. He serves on the faculty for the University of South Carolina's annual Physical Activity and Public Health training course, works with the Safe Routes to School national training course and for the National Center for Bicycling and Walking in Washington, D.C., leading sessions in over 200 communities nationwide.

We’re also excited to hear from Mark Fenton on the impact of walking and the advantage of walking for a healthy community. We are firm believers that good health must be found at home as well as in the schools and for many parents walking can be a great place to start. Instilling the interest and ability to walk both for recreation and as a means of transportation can make a difference to two generations!

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