Missty Lechner graduated from Washburn University with her bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Promotion. She was the Worksite Wellness Specialist and Program Manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for 5 years managing cardiovascular health, arthritis management, and worksite health promotion efforts before starting her currently position in 2013 at the American Heart Association where she is the Advocacy Project Director managing the Kansas Alliance for Wellness, a statewide partnership to improve access to healthier foods and beverages throughout the state. Her position at the American Heart Association has provided her the opportunity to work with dozens of communities around Kansas to plan healthy food systems initiatives and establish resolutions creating new food and farm councils.
Missty Lechner will be presenting the following on Friday:
4:00 p.m. Mobilizing Communities to Support Healthy Local Foods with Missty Lechner
A number of communities are passing resolutions establishing Food and Farm Councils to make improvements in the local food system. Because of this growing interest in increasing access to healthy local foods, partners from diverse backgrounds will be asked to come together to share their expertise in order to build a food system that works for the entire community. This session will provide you with the tools and information you need to start or engage in a current community Food and Farm Council initiative.