Kenna Ho began working for HealthMPowers in 2016. Her mission is to spark children’s interest in food, health, and cooking at an early age to help them develop a preference for healthy, fresh foods. She has over ten years of experience providing nutrition and culinary education/training for families, Early Care and Education staff, and children.
Brief 1-3 Sentence Bio About Yourself: Questions
1. What role do you play in the farm to school and early care and education movement? In my current role with HealthMPowers, I provide training, technical assistance, and resources to Early Care providers to support them in creating policy, system, and environmental changes that empower children to establish healthy habits. Through partnering with Early Care providers, we see our sites make improvements such as incorporating more locally grown foods onto their menus, creating edible learning gardens, and conducting weekly taste tests with fresh fruits and vegetables.
2.Why are you excited to present your topic? What are some key takeaways attendees will get from your session? My goal is that participants take away simple strategies on how to leverage resources and community partners to build a culture of health through family events.
3. What are you looking forward too at the Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit? I am looking forward to connecting with more stakeholders in the Early Care field and gaining more information to strengthen our work with sites across Georgia.
Presented by Georgia Farm to School Alliance and Georgia Farm to Early Care and Coalition, hosted by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Organics.
The farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) and farm to school movement connects early care providers, schools, and local farms in an effort to serve healthy meals and snacks, improve student nutrition, and increase farm and gardening educational opportunities. This year’s Summit welcomes early care providers and staff, teachers, school nutrition staff, students, parents, farmers, distributors, and others interested in learning more about Georgia’s farm to ECE and farm to school community.