Healthy Environments Across Generations Conference Highlights

Poster at the Conference

Last week we were in New York City attending an un-conference exploring healthy living and aging in our communities.  The un-conference brought together 150 professionals from an impressive variety of disciplines for a day and a half of conversation on how we can transform our environments to promote health and prevent disease.  Participants discussed how these interdisciplinary fields can better work together to fight chronic diseases in our communities. NCCA was pleased to co-sponsor this inspiring event. 

It was refreshing to see a truly intergenerational and interdisciplinary group come together and speak about how to create communities that we all would like to live and grow in.  There were panels of outstanding speakers, but one of my favorite programs was Brooklyn, NY-based East New York Farms, whose mission is to "organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development."  Also inspiring to hear about was the Intergenerational Center at Temple University whose mission is to, "strengthen communities by bringing generations together to address critical concerns and creating opportunities for lifelong civic engagement."  These groups highlighted the importance of bringing together generations around civic-minded issues, and the great work that can transpire from these programs. 

The un-conference did an outstanding job including brain breaks and arts activities throughout the day led by Maria Genne, Director of Kairos Dance Theater and Anthony Hyatt, Master Teaching Artist at Arts for the Aging

A big thank you to all the wonderful panelists and participants for a great day!

You can learn more about the un-conference and check out what you missed if you weren't able to make it on their Facebook Page.

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