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Registration opens March 16 for June healthy food and beverage forum

The Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and American Family Children’s Hospital are hosting a forum on healthy food and beverage initiatives in hospitals and clinics June 5 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. Registration opens March 16.

The forum, titled What Health Looks Like: Healthy Food and Beverages in Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics is an opportunity for physicians and other health care professionals to come together to share success stories and lessons learned, identify best practices and address gaps for creating healthy food and beverage environments. Those interested in attending are encouraged to come as teams of at least two, but it is not required.

Karen Timberlake, JD, the director of the University of Wisconsin Institute of Population Health, will begin the day connecting community health assessment work to change within the hospital and clinic environment. A best practices leaders panel will feature success stories from large health systems and small, rural hospitals. Breakout sessions will highlight successful initiatives from around the state and will include, among other topics, the importance of having a diverse team of physician champions, revising the inpatient menu and Farm-to-Hospital initiatives.

The forum is the kick-off for an organized statewide learning community for hospitals and clinics to share and learn about healthy food and beverage strategies. The Wisconsin Medical Society is a member of the planning committee.

For more information, e-mail Emily Reynolds or call her at 608.262.7285 or e-mail Nan Peterson or call her at 608.262.9993.

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