Movement Makers goes beyond best practices and will help community health advocates interested in making a lasting difference through physical activity in schools, workplaces, and throughout their communities. Hear from engaging and informative experts who will cover a variety of topics ranging from health equity to workplace wellness to school and early childhood education wellness. You’ll hear stories about policies changed, advocacy wins, innovative school initiatives, and more. Come be part of the action!

February 26, 2020

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8:30am-8:55am:   Registration and check in

9:00am:   Welcome and Summit Kickoff: Jon Lugbill, Executive Director, Sports Backers

9:05am-9:50am: Keynote Speaker presented by Cigna

keynote Speaker presented by cigna:
dr. christina stasiuk, do, facoi
topic: the social determinants of health, and the power of one person to make a difference

10:00am-10:45am: Breakout session 1 with tracks for schools, companies, and early childhood centers

school activity and wellness session:
Getting your game on: How teachers can step into Leadership to Create Successful School Wellness Programs

Featuring Brittany Ledford of Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK). Action for Healthy Kids’ Game On program is an evidence-based online framework that provides resources to create healthier school environments for students, staff and the communities they serve. Since 2013, AFHK has worked with nearly 2,000 schools across the country to implement Game On to increase school-based physical activity and nutrition promotion and improve policies, systems and the environment to support healthy students who are ready to learn.

Workplace wellness session:
the Dimensions of wellbeing: kathy wrenn, faculty and staff wellness director, collegiate school

By focusing on the five essential elements of wellbeing (career, social, physical, financial, and community), Kathy Wrenn will share how faculty and staff at Collegiate School unlock the answers to personal wellbeing.

Early childhood education session:
Nutrition, Exercise, and development: joyce mason, child and adult care food program, Childsavers

Nutrition and exercise are essential to a healthy child. This session will focus on ways to incorporate vigorous physical activities in your daily routines to support the social, emotional and physical development of all children.

11:00am-11:45am    Breakout session 2 with tracks for schools, companies, and early childhood centers

school activity and wellness session:
Actively Engaging Students throughout the day: Jason runk, M.Ed, Health & P.e., Kaechele Elementary

Children are naturally drawn to physical activity and movement. In this session, Jason Runk, M.Ed., will lead an active discussion on the best practices that health and physical education teachers are using to keep students of all ages engaged in movement throughout the entire day.

Workplace wellness session:
Leading and Inspiring an active workforce: Kevin Wilson, Director of Community Engagement, Dominion Payroll

Dominion Payroll values its position in the local communities that they serve, and participate in their local communities in a variety of ways, including by serving on boards, volunteering for non-profits, running races, getting involved in community functions, and donating time and services to local causes. Kevin Wilson, Director of Community Engagement, will share Dominion’s story on creating a culture of activity in the workplace and surrounding community and highlight some of Dominion’s best practices for employee engagement.

Early childhood education session:
Healthy kids, healthy futures: Improving child health and nutritional practices in early care: Emily keenum, coordinator of health initiatives, virginia early childhood foundation

Early care programs can help children learn healthy habits that last a lifetime. Join Emily Keenum of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation to learn best practices in early childhood nutrition and physical activity, and about how your program can join statewide campaigns that promote childhood health.

12:00pm-1:15pm   Lunch and Lunchtime Presentation: Best Practices for Active Transportation for Your Organization, with Tara FitzPatrick, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, and Bob Argabright, Community Advocate for Bike and Pedestrian Safety

1:30pm   Active RVA Awards

Awards Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Leslie Haley, Chair, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors



2019 Summit

8:30am-9:00am: Check in and networking
9:00am: Welcome – Jon Lugbill, Executive Director, Sports Backers
9:00am-9:10am: Keynote Speaker: Pamela Northam, First Lady, Commonwealth of Virginia

9:15am-10:00am: Keynote Session: Importance of Setting and Achieving Active Living Goals for Individuals and Organizations, Featuring: 

Will Turner, Founder, Live Your Bold and Ironman Distance Event World Record Holder

Courtney Paulk, President of Hirschler Law and Internationally Renowned Long-Distance Open Water Swimmer

Breakout Sessions (sessions will have specific tracks for schools, early childhood education, and workplace wellness)

10:10am-11:00am: Breakout Session #1: 
school activity and wellness – creating a healthy school environment: a team approach

Featuring: Hugh Brockway – PE Teacher, Lovettsville Elementary, Loudon County Public Schools, Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Bronze winner and 2-time Silver winner

workplace wellness – trends and challenges in fostering an active workforce

This panel discussion with insurance and benefits experts and wellness representatives from local businesses will address current trends in workplace wellness, as well solutions to common challenges in creating activity programs

Early Childhood Education – ReV Your Bev & Little Kicks

Learn how to make water exciting and how to incorporate the principles of movement through soccer with our littlest kickers. the session will feature Emily Keenum, Health Initiative Coordinator for the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Brian Byrd, Director of Coaching for Little Kicks, and Amy MacKenzie, also a Director for Little Kicks

11:00am-11:10am: Break

11:15am-12:15pm: Breakout Session #2:
school activity and wellness – strategies to create a healthy school (panel)

Diana Abell, Wellness Integration Specialist, Reams Road Elementary School

Kristen Callan, Wellness Integration Specialist, Harrowgate Elementary School

Jessica Sutton, Wellness Integration Specialist, Grange Hall Elementary School

Workplace Wellness – Innovations and Best practices in workplace wellness activity programs

This interactive presentation features representatives from area companies sharing the details of their most successful workplace wellness and activity programs. They’ll delve into the specifics of organizing various challenges and keeping leadership and associates engaged and energized from start to finish.

Early Childhood Education – healthy snack distribution and reimbursement best practices

Want to get reimbursed for offering healthy snacks at your center or family child care home?  Learn how in this interactive demonstration featuring Joyce Mason, CACFP Coordinator (Child Adult Care Food Program) for ChildSavers, and Caniya Johnson, CACFP Program Specialist for ChildSavers.

12:15pm: Break/Lunch Begins

12:15pm-1:15pm: Buffet Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm: Active RVA Awards presented by Cigna

Awards Keynote Speaker: Dr. Danny Avula, Director of the Richmond City Health District and Henrico County Department of Health

2:45pm: Breakout Session #3: Best Practices for Encouraging Active Transportation in your organization (panel)

Tara FitzPatrick, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

Sean O’Brien, Advocacy and External Affairs Liaison, Bon Secours

Sera Erickson, VCU RamBikes

Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking, Venture Richmond (Panel Facilitator)

Early Childhood Education – RVA development basics

Science shows that 80 percent of brain growth happens by age three! Beginning at birth, young brains develop like little muscles getting bigger and stronger. ‘The Basics’ are five, fun, simple, powerful ways to help all our children aged 0-3 grow to be happy and smart. This session will be led by Troyana Cheatham, the Family Engagement Manager for the Children’s Museum of Richmond

3:45pm: Closing thoughts


2018 Summit

8:30am-9:00am: Check in and networking
9:00am-9:10amWelcome, schedule overview – Jon Lugbill, Executive Director, Sports Backers
9:10am-10:00am: Featured Session: Importance of Physical Activity Opportunities in Workplaces, Schools, and Early Childhood Education, featuring Tom Richards, Director of Corporate Engagement, American Council on Exercise, and Courtney Lynch, Leadership Expert and Bestselling Author

Breakout Sessions (sessions will have specific tracks for school/early childhood education and workplace wellness)

10:15am-11:15am: Morning Breakout Session 

  • Wellness Integration in Schools and Early Childhood Education: Evolution and Practice
    • Dr. Amy Lazev – SHIP
    • Nellie Knight Bradley – Greater Richmond Fit4Kids
    • Rachel Bulifant – Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Using Technology to Enhance Workplace Wellness Programs
    • Cindy Ellis – Cigna, Inc.
    • Kathy Wrenn – Employee Wellness Coordinator, Collegiate School

11:15am-12:15pm: Lunch

12:15pm-1:15pm: Active RVA Awards presented by Cigna, with keynote guest Governor Ralph Northam

1:15pm-1:45pm: Active break (awards photos, optional yoga or Museum District group walks)

1:45pm-2:45pm: Afternoon Breakout Session #1

  • Panel discussions with representatives from the school and company that received special recognition during the Active RVA Awards ceremony
    • Active RVA School: Rural Point Elementary School/Hanover County Public Schools
    • Active RVA Workplace: Williams Mullen

3:00pm-4:00pm: Afternoon Breakout Session #2

  • Unleashing Our Children’s Potential in the Classroom and Beyond: How Movement Powers Learning
    • Preston Blackburn – Pop Hop and Rock
    • Heather Mintz – STARZ Program
    • Sophia Wastler – STARZ Program
  • Best Practices for On-Site Fitness Programs and Integrating into Workplace Wellness Initiatives
    • Elizabeth Burroughs – Allianz Worldwide Partners
    • Marian Klatt – Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
    • Tom Richards – American Council on Exercise

4:00: Networking/Wrap Up