On September 1, 2015, the Pioneering Healthy Communities coalition (PHC) held the first annual Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) Summit in Orlando, Florida. The American Heart Association attended as part of the coalition.
The summit aimed to convene community and state advocates, determine opportunities for state and local action to support HEPA and develop partnerships and collaborations to assist in HEPA implementation. When implementing HEPA standards, four priorities must be met. They are, but not restricted to, water as the beverage of choice, outdoor play, 1 percent milk instead of juice, and screen time limits.
There were more than 150 attendees at the summit representing various stakeholders from around the state. The PHC coalition already is planning on next year’s event and working to make the summit even more beneficial and informative to the attendees. We look forward to participating!