In today’s changing and challenging environment, health equity in the community remains an unaddressed crisis with fewer resources and tools to empower communities. This one-day event, held January 15, 2018 in Atlanta, GA, marks the launch of a nationwide initiative led by BCA Global to provide diverse communities with a thoughtful and engaged way to understand how and what we eat. This event will include workshops on mindfulness and food justice, an interactive Mindful Meal, presentations from social justice leaders working in health equity, using powerful community focused stories from the book— Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community.
Mindful Eating is a transformative program that uses powerful storytelling and culinary exercises to highlight the positive impact of mindfulness and nutrition. Created by a diverse group of chefs, nutritionists, and food activists, the program offers pragmatic strategies to rebuild the connections between diet, culture, faith, the environment and community well-being, with a focus on the deep connection between mindful eating, social justice and sustainability.
BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT (BIG) MEMBERS - FREE
Sales end on 01/15/2018
This Registration is for BIG paid members in good standing. Upon verification of membership First 100 Attendees will be sponsored.
VIP CONFERENCE TICKET & 1 YEAR BCA GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP - $150
Participants will receive a VIP conference ticket entitling each to a welcome gift bag and a one-year Associate membership to BCA Global (in addition receiving a copy of the Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community book and admission to the Mindful Meal). Designed for entry-level professionals currently employed in food service and/or hospitality, this membership provide exclusive access BCA Global and MEBC events throughout the year and inclusion in our membership directory. To learn more about membership benefits, please visit www.bcaglobal.org.
INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCE TICKET - $50
Participants will receive general admission to the conference and are entitled to a copy of the Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community book and admission to the Mindful Meal--where participants and speakers will share a meal together while practicing mindfulness.
MEBC CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP & NATIONAL PROGRAM SUPPORT
Aside from the brand promotion and visibility at our event, your support directly impacts the local community by providing financial support to BCA Global's Career Development and Outreach programs, in addition to our Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community Initiative, allowing us to invite low-income residents to attend and participate free of charge. Please contact BCA Global for Sponsorship Opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, click here.
9 AM - Registration
Welcome and registration, conference review, registration badge and bag with book
Particpants will be provided with a morning refreshment station with coffee, tea, and fruit.
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Breakout Sessions
Food Justice and Racial Equity - Alex Askew (Moderator)
Family Health in the Community (Women’s Health-Men’s Health and Children’s Health - Why is Nutrition the Key to Empowerment?) - Brealynn Lee (Moderator)
Wisdom Circle/Meditation - How to Start the Practice of Mindfulness and Connect to Your Own Spiritual Power - Kevin Fong (Moderator)
Cultural Food Heritage is the Truth to Power in Our Community (Ted Talk Style)
Speakers - Chef Ed Nunn, Victor Ruiz and Von Nkosi
12 PM to 1.30 PM - Mindful Meal
Invocation/Blessing and Directional Guidance for Conversation, appreciation and guidance on consuming the meal mindfully.
2 PM to 4 PM - General Session
Keynote Address- Changing Systems to Transform the Health Narrative in Our Community
Faith Led Address - Let’s Move the Community Forward - Take Back Our Health and Restart the Family Table
Closing Remarks - Alex Askew