The Training ScheduleSession details and meeting materials

Fruit and Vegetable Programs and Food Service Guidelines Strategy Track: Kick-offTHEME: Gathering Around the Table—Nutrition Strategies for Good Food for All

Monday, May 6, 2024, 1:30 PM – 3:15 PMFloor 8, Peachtree Ballrooms B and D

Learning Objectives:

During this strategy track, attendees will:

  • Have opportunities to network and engage with other recipients, organizations, and DNPAO Science Partners to support the understanding of Food Service Guidelines (FSG) and Fruit and Vegetable Programs (FVP) strategy implementation.
  • Have opportunities to troubleshoot, share resources, and get energized.
  • Have a greater understanding about recipient and partner roles in implementing and sustaining FSG and FVP activities.
  • Demonstrate and share best practices for starting and sustaining relationships with food supply chains to support FSG and FVP in SPAN, REACH, and HOP programs.
  • Demonstrate and share best practices for implementing and sustaining braiding funding to support Fruit and Vegetable Program for SPAN, REACH, or HOP programs.


1:30 – 1:50PM. Welcome to the Nutrition Track (FSG and FVP)

  • Heidi Blanck, PhD (Retired, Captain USPHS) Chief, Obesity Prevention and Control Branch, DNPAO, CDC
  • Diane Harris, PhD, MPH Health Scientist, Obesity Prevention and Control Branch, DNPAO, CDC

1:50 – 3:10PM. Asking Food Service Operators to Join the Table:
– Overview of FSG strategy;
Discussion with panel of food service operators on incorporating FSG, engaging with public health professionals, and more; and
– Questions and discussion

  • Leah Maynard, PhD, Epidemiologist, Obesity Prevention and Control Branch, DNPAO, CDC
  • Elizabeth Vegas, Founder & Managing Partner, Commonality Inc.
  • Mike Bacha, Assistant Director of Culinary, Emory University Hospital
  • Ynke de Koe, MS, RD, CLC, Nutrition Integration Specialist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Willie Potter, MBA, Management Analyst, Worksite Wellness Office, CDC
  • Amarachi Wachuku, MPH, Project Manager, Greater Flint Health Coalition