LOUISVILLE, Ky, October 28, 2020 - Statewide and community-based policies and programs that successfully improve nutrition and increase physical activity among all Kentucky children and youth are the focus of a free upcoming webinar intended for policymakers, health advocates, children's advocates and others interested in the topic. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will present the webinar on Monday, November 9, from 2-3 pm ET, as part of its annual Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum webinar series, which is focused in 2020 on improving child health in Kentucky.

The webinar is free, but registration is required: Register here.

The Foundation is partnering with Kentucky Youth Advocates in offering this year's Bost Forum series, titled Moving Kids Toward Natural Highs: Kentucky Opportunities to Prevent Youth Substance Use, Suicide and Risky Behaviors. The series features panels of speakers on the topics of the State of Child Health in Kentucky (held September 21; view recording here and slide presentations here), Intervening Early (October 19; view recording here and slide presentations here), Promoting Healthy Lifestyles through Nutrition and Physical Activity (November 9), Understanding Youth and Building Good Mental Health (December 14) and Stopping Vaping and Substance Use (January 11).

Speakers in the third webinar on November 9 will offer both program and policy solutions to increase good nutrition and physical activity behaviors during youth, with a particular focus on improving health equity and the impact of COVID-19. Speakers include experts in nutrition and physical activity as well as a youth who will offer a peer perspective and share her personal eating disorder story.

Panelists:
Amanda Goldman, Healthcare Industry Strategist, Gordon Food Service, former System Director for the Catholic Health Initiatives Food and Nutrition Services national program, and member of the Foundation's Community Advisory Council
Jamie Sparks, National School Health Program Manager, ETR, a national non-profit working to advance health equity, and former Coordinated School Health Director for the Kentucky Department of Education
Paula Little, Assistant Superintendent and Instructional Supervisor, Clinton County Schools, and member of the Foundation's Board of Directors
Nellie Ellis, freshman at Centre College, graduate of Whitley County High School

Moderator:
Marianne Smith Edge, founder, The AgriNutrition Edge, a food and agriculture communications consulting firm based in Owensboro, and member of the Foundation's Board of Directors

About the Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum
The Foundation convenes the Bost Forum annually in memory of Dr. Howard L. Bost, a notable health economist and founding member of the Foundation's board of directors. The aim of the forum is to raise awareness of health issues impacting Kentuckians and to highlight model strategies and policy opportunities to improve Kentucky's health. Presentations and video from previous forums are available here.


About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $29 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth.

Media Contacts:
Bonnie J. Hackbarth
bhackbarth@healthy-ky.org 
877-326-2583 (Office)
502-552-3770 (Mobile)

Alexa Kerley
akerley@healthy-ky.org 
877-326-2583 (Office)
859-229-9611 (Mobile)