I was fortunate to be able to attend a Voices for Healthy Kids (VHK) training with my friend and colleague, Tina Pettingill from the Maine Public Health Association. VHK is a joint venture between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association that seeks to combat obesity through policy change. Tina and I agreed that we learned a lot and that we have some new great ideas about how to bring those changes to Maine.
The bulk of the training was done by M+R Strategies. They taught us the steps we need to take in order to plan a successful campaign. I had heard this training before, but learn something new every time. Of course, the most valuable part of trainings like this is the time you spend outside of the meeting rooms. We were able to meet, socialize and connect with folks working on childhood obesity across New England, NY and NJ.
However, one of the most fun take-aways was the name of this funky mild cauliflower. It is called Romanesque and neither Tina nor I had seen it before. We have vowed to look for it to add to our healthy food repertoire. Tina said it looked like dinosaurs and we remarked that kids would probably like it—especially when pitched as "eating dinosaurs." Can’t wait to try it.