As one of the board members of Social Media Week DC, I am in the process of finalizing my event. The session that I’m creating is called Snacktime: Collaboratively Improving Kids’ Nutrition and Having Some Fun Along the Way and will be on the afternoon of Thursday, February 16th (venue and exact timeframe will be ironed out today). As the description on the site explains, the event will bring together local school district nutrition program leaders, farms contributing to farm-to-school programs, non-profits, school children & parents, and technologists to identify, explore, and create solutions to the the challenges of raising healthy kids.
Since I was selected to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move tweetup at the White House back in October, I have been focusing a lot of my personal and professional efforts in this arena. As a healthy foodie, avid exerciser, and mom of two, I am passionate about making America healthier, one snack choice, one jumping jack, one restaurant menu item at a time.
So, when I was invited to contribute to Social Media Week DC–the theme of which is Empowering Change–I decided to bring together three communities that are important to me to see what actionable ideas we can co-create:
- Social media evangelists and technologies who are proponents of collaborative problem-solving, crowdsourcing and transparency and understand how to creatively apply technology;
- Non-profits and government agencies that have fantastic information and are leading education, fitness and food programs that replace bad habits with healthy ones;
- Parents and kids who are looking for, and in need of, creative ways to weave healthy choices into their lives and communities.
I will write more over the next few days about the details of and participants in this event. I encourage you to sign up on the Social Media Week DC site!