July 11, 2011

PSR Board Member Dr. Jeffrey Ritterman spoke on “What We Need Today: The Critical Intersection of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health” at the 6th Annual Physical Activity and Nutrition Forum in Richmond June 2.  The event, entitled “Out of the Box and Into the Community,” was presented by the Network for a Healthy California—Bay Area, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, and the City of Richmond.

The purpose of the event was for participants to gain a solid understanding of

  1. how “out-of-the-box” physical activity, nutrition, eco-education and parks programming can transform public health;
  2. what works to increase healthy physical activity behaviors in culturally-diverse settings;
  3. how to replicate winning physical activity and nutrition programs in their community; and
  4. powerful new weapons in the fight against diabetes.

Dr. Ritterman said it was an honor to introduce Dr. Bob Ross, President and CEO of the California Endowment, because the Endowment has a broad understanding of what creates a healthy community and is providing Richmond with important resources in the fight against health disparities. Dr. Ritterman was inspired by LaDonna Redmond, Senior Program Associate at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, who he felt gave the keynote with incredible authenticity. Approximately 75 people attended the Forum, which included a variety of activities, including workshops, displays from health agencies, physical activity, music, and dance performances.