At the PHA Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C., May 10-12, it was announced that Oakwood University is one of the five finalists for the 2017 PHA Partner of the Year Award. Other contestants include BlueCross/Blue Shield of North Carolina, and the National Recreation and Park Association. The winner will be announced on November 1.
Dr. Shirna Gullo, director of Oakwood’s Healthy Campus 2020 initiative, attended the Summit and met with like-minded colleagues from around the country. The Summit is PHA’s annual convening of the nation’s foremost public and private sector advocates committed to ending childhood obesity.
Some of the plenary speakers at the Summit included PHA Honorary Chair Michelle Obama, and President Bill Clinton. The breakout sessions provided an opportunity for business and industry leaders to meet with their nonprofit, academic and government counterparts to collaborate on new opportunities and solutions for reducing childhood obesity in America by transforming the marketplace.