Webcast Town Meeting to Issue a Call to Action for Adults AND Children!

What we all can do to make a difference as we begin 2010, in a live interactive format featuring experts, medical professionals and the kids themselves!

This study just released in the December 2009 issue of Diabetes Care (click here) really spotlights the urgency of the problem in the following statements:
"If Americans don't eat better and exercise more, diabetes cases will double by 2034 and costs to care for the patients will triple, according to a new report that paints a bleak picture of the future..  Obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise are all known factors that have contributed to an already serious increase in type 2 cases, the variety that is largely preventable and comprises about 95 percent of all cases."

This recommendation was presented in a report to Congress from the Federal Trade Commission in July 2008, called Marketing Food to Children and Adolescents A Review of Industry Expenditures, Activities, and Self-Regulation.

"Because childhood obesity is a complex problem, with many social and economic contributing factors, the Commission believes that all segments of society - parents, schools, government, health care professionals, food companies, and the media - have an obligation to contribute to finding and implementing solutions."


  • Bennett (Sandy) Masin, Founder of Give The World Your Heart 2:00 to 2:10

Give The World Your Heart, Inc. (www.GTWYH.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit company, founder and producers of Give The World Your Heart TV (www.GTWYH.TV) an Internet TV Channel dedicated to the community of people interested in participating in positive, healthy activities to help themselves and others improve the planet and tally their heartbeats while doing so.
Give The World Your Heart TV viewers enjoy positive motivational programming, live webcasts, music video, documentaries and shows from participants from all over the globe, that encourage viewers to send their heartbeats in an effort to grow a new health heartbeat counting measurement called Total Gratitude Heartbeat Counter.

Recently announced a new Diabetics study for participation in our DEEPEST activities and count heartbeats for the world heartbeat counter will Feel Better, reduce HbA1C levels, show more daily glucose levels in normal range and report feeling better both physically and emotionally. See replay of press release found here.

Give The World Your Heart key focus is on positive programs for kids including wellness and lowering obesity.

  • Ninon de Vere De Rosa, Founder/Executive Producer KidsTalk 2:10 to 2:20

has received 102 awards, including 22 Telly Awards and the distinguished, Gracie Allen Award, Davey Award, United Nations, United Way Award, to mention a few for Excellence in Media and Service. KidsTalk "Voices of Tomorrow" talks about successful positive Youth Training Program (YTP) aimed to teach our youth communication and television production skills. KidsTalk®, Voices of Tomorrow has an amazing Twist! Unlike the traditional talk show circuit formats of today. We take "The Positive Approach"; uplifting our precious youth and leaders of tomorrow. KidsTalk will be heading up the 30 minute video with filming and interviewing the children. We will get Dr's and professionals all involved as well. Ninon de Vere De Rosa will be the Executive Producer and spokesperson. Children and adults alike gravitate to Ninon, perhaps sensing that she is genuinely interested in what they have to say, their concerns, their opinions, and their accomplishments as well as their defeats. Ninon never pre-interviews for her shows, even the live studio tapings. As she says, "I want the real answer or reaction. I don't want to suggest an idea and have it come across as phony. That would defeat the purpose of truly listening, wouldn't it?"

  • Sherri Flynt, M.P.H., R.D., L.D. & Co-Author of SuperSized Kids 2:20 to 2:30

When it comes to healthy living for children and parents, Sherri Flynt has a passion for nutrition. This passion led her to complete her Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) at Loma Linda University. While there, she also received her credentials as a registered dietitian (R.D.). Her career path soon brought her to Florida Hospital, where she has spent the past fifteen years helping Central Florida-and its children-become healthier. During her tenure at Florida Hospital, Sherri has presented hundreds of seminars, participated in numerous health fairs, and worked with countless children, families and individuals to achieve optimum health. For the past three years, she has overseen Florida Hospital's Center for Nutritional Excellence. Since arriving at Florida Hospital, Sherri has seen a dramatic increase in the number of children referred to her for obesity and other related medical problems. After seeing first-hand the massive issues children struggle with, Sherri became actively involved with Florida Children's Hospital and is part of the team developing a pediatric obesity program. Sherri is also on the Childhood Obesity Taskforce in Central Florida. Whether being interviewed by the media on the problem of childhood obesity or talking with reporters about children's school lunch issues, Sherri is passionate in her belief that change is possible. By writing this book, Sherri is committed to bringing hope to obese , their parents, and concerned adults across America.

  • Whitney Bateson, Resident Dietitian for Chartwells School Dining Services
    2:30 to 2:40

  • Amy Garcia, RN, MSN, NASN Executive Director National Association of School Nurses 2:40 to 2:50

Amy Garcia, RN, MSN, is the executive director of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), an organization that supports the health and educational success of children throughout the United States by providing leadership to advance the school nursing practice. The organization itself consists of over 14,000 nurses and reaches an estimated 16 million students each year.
Amy comes to the position from USD #259 - Wichita Public Schools, where she served as the Risk Manager and Employee Benefits supervisor, along with being the president of Self Insured Health and Disabilities Plans. While there, she successfully supervised the Employee Benefits and Risk Management staff, programs and budgets and managed self-funded programs and budgets of the benefits programs. In the past, Amy has owned her own business, Performance Assessment Center; worked as a senior loss control specialist for Lockton Companies; a safety officer/director for Via Christi Regional Medical Center; and an education coordinator for the Wichita Dialysis Center. A Kansas native, Garcia earned her undergraduate degree in nursing/adult education and a Master of Science from Wichita State University.

Amy started her career in nursing with an emphasis on diabetes. For over 15 years, she was an active member of the American Diabetes Association, where in 1988 she was awarded the ADA-KS Outstanding Service to Youth and in 1995, the ADA-KS Patient Educator of the Year  She was also the program chair of the local chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Ms. Garcia came to NASN with the desire to improve the health and educational success of children and youth. She has been supportive of the development, growth, dissemination and advancement of the School Nurse Childhood Obesity Prevention Education Program (S.C.O.P.E.), developed at NASN to provide strategies for school nurses to assist students, families and the school community to address the challenges of obesity and overweight. Additionally, Ms. Garcia has served as the project director of a five-year funded cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Diabetes Translation awarded to NASN. Her leadership has provided direction and oversight for the obesity prevention and diabetes risk reduction programming arm of this project. Ms. Garcia has extensive experience and involvement in advocacy and policies related to children's health, childhood obesity, diabetes in children, and environmental changes in schools to the benefit of all children. She has been a vocal advocate and supporter of health care for all children and has served on many boards and committees related to children's health. Currently, she is a board member for the National Education Association's Health Information Network and on the advisory board for the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

Amy has put her knowledge to use by becoming a nationally known speaker on health care issues, including recent media outreach on H1N1 influenza, prescription drug abuse and immunizations. In addition, she has appeared on a variety of national and regional television news programs and morning shows and has been interviewed by many radio stations and newspapers, including The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Debra Ruh, Founder and CEO of TecAccess 2:50 to 3:00

the leading provider of accessible Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) for the world's largest and fastest growing minority group, People with Disabilities, Baby Boomers, and Veterans with Disabilities.
TecAccess has proven a measurable business value of reaching this untapped demographic. By making your business vehicles fully accessible and usable to all (including websites, social media, telecommunications, hardware, software, eLearning, and other technology), TecAccess effectively turns what could potentially be a legal pitfall into a marketplace advantage.
To further promote accessibility and universal design worldwide, Debra Ruh serves on the steering committee, and is chair the Employability and Technology Group, at G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, a flagship advocacy initiative of UN-GAID, the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Additionally, Debra is an active member of Rehab International (RI), a global network of people with disabilities, service providers, researchers, government agencies and advocates promoting and implementing the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities.

TecAccess has also been awarded the prestigious US Department of Labor (NFI) Presidential New Freedom Initiative Award, Virginia Business Magazine's - 2008 Small Business Success Story of the Year Award, Virginia Venture Forum's 2007 Top 10 Companies to Watch and Growth Companies to Watch Award, 2006 Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Achievement Award, and the 2005 Lighthouse International Employer of the Year.
Debra has authored many articles for national publications and is a major supporter for the rights of people and veterans with disabilities. TecAccess has been featured on CNN, NPR, CBS, ABC, NBC and in Fortune Magazine, US News & World Report, America's Best, and Washington Technology.

  • Lisa Sharma, Senior Associate at the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families - 3:00 to 3:10

Education and Families in Washington, DC where she manages the Institute's childhood obesity prevention program. The goal of the YEF Institute'schildhood obesity program is to stimulate and support the development of models for city-level policy change and successful collaboration between city, school and community leaders; to build a vibrant network of city officials committed to reducing childhood obesity; and to raise awareness among municipal leaders about the childhood obesity epidemic and potential city-level responses. Lisa will be discussing what cities can do to combat childhood obesity on the local level. Prior to entering the field of public health, Lisa had a successful career as an investment banker within the global life science and healthcare sector. Lisa holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University.

  • Stephanie K. Brenner, M.S., R.D., L.D/N 3:10 to 3:20

Stephanie K. Brenner is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist for more than 27 years. She provides a realistic and practical approach to meet each client's nutritional needs and to promote optimal health.

Stephanie has worked with all ages in the clinical, public health and managerial settings, as well as published research. Presently, Stephanie is a Public Health Nutritionist for "WIC" - Woman, Infants and Children, a national program that helps provide healthy food and nutritional counseling to low-income women who are pregnant or postpartum, and to children from birth to age 5. She also works in private practice affiliated with Beckman and Associates, a premier therapy clinic in Central Florida. She is a local and national speaker on Nutrition as well as Autism, and has been part of the Family as Faculty Program at University of Central Florida. She is the Co-Founder and Past President of the Autism Directory Service, Inc, a non-profit agency located in NY that provides information, support and scholarships for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree in Clinical Dietetics, Interned at Emory University School of Medicine and affiliated facilities, and completed her Masters Degree in Nutrition and Public Health at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, she took courses on Pediatric Nutrition at Cornell University and was a Fellow in the LEND Program - Leadership, Education for Neurodevelopmental and related Disorders at the Westchester Institute of Human Development/ New York Medical College.

  • 9. Healthcare Actuarial and Clinical Consultant - Invited - 3:20 to 3:30

  • Final Questions and Answers 3:20 to 3:30