Register for the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities


Hundreds of healthy eating and active living specialists from across South Carolina will gather at the 15th Annual Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities. This is the only statewide conference that unites these policy leaders and decision makers to help improve the lives and health of all residents. Eat Smart Move More South Carolina (ESMMSC) is hosting the Leadership Summit October 29-30, 2018 at the Spartanburg Marriott.

This year’s Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities features keynote speaker Fran Butterfoss, Ph.D., MSEd, president of Coalitions Works and professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is a health educator committed to building, sustaining and evaluating partnerships to promote health and social justice as well as a nationally-recognized expert on coalition building and organizational development. Her books, Coalitions and Partnerships in Community Health and Ignite! Getting Your Community Coalitions Fired Up for Change, are best sellers for academics and practitioners.

The Leadership Summit will also feature two additional keynote speakers. Cherokee County’s Christina Cody is a former teacher and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader. Dr. Darryl Owings is Superintendent of Spartanburg School District Six. Both Ms. Cody and Dr. Owings will share their experiences in creating healthy school environments.

“The Summit is one of many ways that we help communities learn about the latest tools and methods that increase access to healthy foods and safe places for physical activity,” says Beth Franco, ESMMSC executive director. “I encourage everyone involved in planning and implementing policy, system and environmental change strategies to attend this networking event.”

Attendees represent professionals from various sectors at the local and state levels including public health, healthcare, education, business, government and many other influencers interested in positively impacting a culture of health. This year, ESMMSC is offering 20 breakout session opportunities for attendees to learn about initiatives in various settings, from school health and faith-based initiatives to the built environment and local advocacy strategies.  

The early bird registration fee is $170 before October 5, and the regular registration fee is $190 before October 16. All tickets include lunch and a reception on October 29 and breakfast on October 30. Scholarships are available for those who are in need of a reduced registration fee.

For more information, including pre-conference workshops, visit the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities website at


09-21-2018 02:19 (EDT)