Federal and Local Child Health Experts Lead Wellness Dialogue

Event: Education Dialogue on Health and Wellness in K-12 Public Education featuring Marissa Duswalt, Truman Albright Fellow in the U.S. Department of Agriculture

When: Thursday, Feb. 2, 5-7 p.m.

Where: UT Elementary School, 2200 E. Sixth St.

Background:  UT Elementary School, a public charter school with a mission to share research-based best practices in urban education, is dedicated to sharing best practices that promote health and wellness among all Austin school children. The keynote speaker, Marissa Duswalt, works with the national Let's Move program, which strives to reverse childhood obesity within a generation.

Duswalt's address will be followed by roundtable discussions led by local experts in public health, fitness, nutrition and education to address the question, "What can educators, researchers, policymakers and the community do to support the health and wellness of young children, producing optimal outcomes for their well being and academic success?"

Leaders of the roundtable discussions include

  • Paul Carrozza Owner, RunTex; and President, Born to Run Foundation
  • Deanna M. Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D. John P. McGovern Professor in Health, Promotion Director, Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus
  • Dolly Lambdin Clinical Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Toni Tipton Martin local author and chef, Chefs Move to Schools program
  • Paula Holland Price, M.D., M.S. Community Pediatrician Healthy Communities Coordinator, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Marissa Rathbone Director of Health and Safety, the Texas Education Agency
  • Lydia Steinman Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of NutritionalSciences, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Deborah Watt Extension Agent, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program