We are very excited to announce that the Savannah Business Group is partnering with Parent University to host the Parent Summit for Child Wellness on October 25thwhere parents and community members are encouraged to participate in special workshops that promote child wellness at home, school, and in the community.

This community event is funded by the National Business Coalition on Health, United Health Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Date and Time: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9 am to 1 pm

Location: Parent University at Savannah High School (400 Pennsylvania Ave, Savannah, GA 31401)

8:30 am Registration (Light Breakfast Served) 
9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 am Campaign for Healthy Kids and Families (English and Spanish)
Lisa Hayes, MBA (bio)
Executive Director, Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council
Discover how to enroll your children in Right from the Start Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids public health insurance programs. Learn how this healthy action will improve your family’s financial security, health outcomes, and school performance.
How Do I Talk to My Child About Eating Healthy?
Sandy Baker, BA (bio)
Founding Executive Director, Childhood Obesity Prevention + Education for Change, Inc.
Translate family conversations into healthy eating choices. Learn how to empower your child to choose healthy foods at home and school.
10:30 am Kick Start Your Kids Into Fitness (English and Spanish)
Kathy Carlson, MA (bio)
Manager, St. Joseph’s/Candler Wellness Center
Move your family toward healthier living. Learn fun, interactive ways to incorporate physical activity in your child’s life.
Panel: How Can Parents Advocate for Healthier Schools?
Raise your awareness about the school wellness policy and its impact on your child’s health. Interact with panelists to learn how you can advocate for healthier school children. Panelists:
Lydia J. Martin, MSRDLD, SNS (bio)
School Nutrition Program Director, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
Aaron Whitley (bio)
Vice President, Shuman Elementary Parent Teacher Association
Paula Kreissler (bio)
Director of Healthy Living and Community Development, Healthy Savannah and YMCA of Coastal Georgia
11:30 am Family Meals—Making Easy Choices (English and Spanish)
Brittany Lightsey M.S., R.D., L.D. (bio)
Children’s Wellness Dietitian, Memorial University Medical Center
Encourage healthy eating at home. Learn easy ways to incorporate healthy food into family meals.
Partner with Your Child’s Pediatrician
Chintak Patel, M.D. (bio)
Pediatrician, Pediatric Associates of Savannah
Create a healthy partnership with your child’s doctor. Learn simple ways to enhance your doctor visits and best support your child’s health.
12:30 pm Keynote Speaker (Lunch Served)
Keeping Up In This Millennium (English and Spanish)
Ericka Russell-Petty, M.D. (bio)
Pediatrician, PEds Health
1:00 pm Closing Remarks and Door Prizes
Breakfast and lunch prepared and served by the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System School Nutrition Program



African American Health and Resource Center

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Campaign for Healthy Kids

City of Savannah Recreation Department

Forsyth Farmers’ Market

Healthy Savannah

Memorial University Medical Center Children’s Wellness

St. Joseph’s/Candler Wellness Center

West Broad YMCA

YMCA of Coastal Georgia


Flyer in English
Volante en Español