COBA Conference Re-Cap

This last weekend, the Healthy Planet US staff attended the Childhood Obesity Bay Area conference (COBA) sponsored by Slow Food San Francisco. This was an amazing opportunity to meet up with some of the most influential people in the industry, who are tackling childhood obesity from alternative approaches in a socially responsible way, on a local and global scale.

For the conference, Healthy Planet US created 35 centerpieces displayed on all of the tables. The centerpieces were made by students from St. Monica Catholic School in San Francisco. St. Monica’s students planted kale, lettuce varieties, and pansies. These were then looked after, and transplanted thanks to the help of Worker Bee Farm from Freestone, CA. The Healthy Planet team took these wonderfully grown plants, and added them into wooden boxes lined with burlap, and then transported them to the COBA 2015 conference.

Healthy Planet US spent two days at the conference with a table sharing information and talking with representatives in the fields of medicine, education, policy making, research, activism, technology, non-profits, and local businesses. Topics of discussion ranged from encouraging healthier eating, increasing physical activity, the recent soda tax, sugar addiction, and much more.

We would like to thank Laura O’Donohue and Emily Hare for allowing us to attend the conference, provide centerpieces and talk about who Healthy Planet is and what we are doing in our local community. We would also like to thank all of the speakers, panel leaders, sponsors, organizations in attendance, Slow Food San Francisco, and UCSF for making the event as successful as it possibly could be!


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