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Revolutionizing Health Care with Plant-Based Nutrition

Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, nutritionist and the Executive Director of The Wellness Forum, a chain of licensed health and wellness centers. The Wellness Forum teaches individuals how to change their health outcomes by assisting them in changing their diet and lifestyle habits. In addition to working with individuals, the company offers programs designed to lower the costs of medical care and insurance premiums for employers.

Dr. Pam Popper’s address includes information about how diet can address common degenerative conditions, assist in recovery from many mental and emotional disorders, and promote better function for people with physical disabilities. Additionally, she addresses the logistics of adopting a health-promoting diet, including cost, time for preparation, and the introduction of unfamiliar foods to various populations. She also discusses the economic advantage of using diet as an intervention tool.

Revolutionizing Health Care with Plant-Based Nutrition

 

Friday Keynote: A New Day in Public Health

The Friday morning keynote at The 16th Annual Family Cafe was delivered by Florida Surgeon General Armstrong. John H. Armstrong, MD, State Surgeon General and Secretary for the Florida Department of Health, has been a national leader in health policy and advocacy for over 20 years. Under Dr. Armstrong’s leadership, the Florida Department of Health works to ensure all Floridians have access to the resources and services they need to lead healthy lives. By focusing the Department’s vision to make Florida the healthiest state in the nation, he inspires efforts including partnerships that promote the health of all people in Florida and advocates for children, adults and families managing disabilities and special health needs.

A New Day in Public Health

Mental Illness: It Can Happen to Anyone

The speaker presents her personal journey through childhood trauma, psychiatric hospitalizations, and incarceration, to their current stable and productive life. While many mental illnesses show symptoms early in one’s life, this story demonstrates what can happen when symptoms and crises happen to someone in their 40’s. Most importantly, it highlights the power of hope, recovery, and resiliency.

Mental Illness: It Can Happen to Anyone

Trauma and Individuals with Disabailities

This presentation at The 18th Annual Family Cafe introduces a brief overview of trauma and why everyone should be aware of its
importance. It examines: What is trauma and what are some possible causes of trauma; The importance of taking trauma into consideration in all aspects of life and care; The potential effects of trauma; Potential causes and the impact of trauma specifically on individuals with disabilities; Available therapies for trauma; and What is trauma-informed care? Available resources related to trauma-informed care are provided.

Trauma and Individuals with Disabilities

Opening Session and Keynote Address with Senator Bob Graham and Chris Hand

America, the Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall – and Win

If you’re mad as hell at the political process and don’t want to take it anymore, you’re not alone. In 2015, a Pew Charitable Trusts survey found that 74 percent of Americans believed that most elected officials didn’t care what people like them thought. In the 2016 presidential election, people vented those frustrations with their votes. The November results confirmed that Americans are tired of politics as usual.

While it is not surprising that Americans would channel their frustrations into contenders pledging to end business as usual, you don’t have to pin your hopes for change on candidates. Nor should you throw in the towel on democracy, and simply assume that you
can’t fight City Hall. In America, the Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall – and Win, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and attorney Chris Hand show us how to discover, build, and flex our citizenship muscles. In their step-by-step guide, Graham and Hand empower Americans to become change agents for the betterment of their communities.

Do you want to be a participant, rather than a spectator, in the arena of democracy? Is your goal to preserve health care options? Persuade your local government to improve access for people with disabilities? Better advocate for families? Then please join Graham and Hand for a conversation about America, the Owner’s Manual that will give you the confidence that you can make governments work for you, not the other way around. As Graham and Hand write,
citizens “do have a say about what the government does—if they learn, master, and practice the skills of effective citizenship.”

Opening Session and Keynote Address with Senator Bob Graham and Chris HandOpening Session and Keynote Address with Senator Bob Graham and Chris Hand

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