Track: Health and Well-Being

Format: Project-Based
Level of Learning: Learner

The Healthy for Life community engagement program provides a food discovery and cooking experience for individuals and families seeking to improve their health. It equips families with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to discover, choose, and prepare healthy food that helps them reach their potential every day. Through facilitated food discovery experiences, such as healthy food tastings, cooking classes, grocery store field trips, and health and well-being workshops, participants build food literacy to improve their health and health of their family. Participants come together with a shared desire to learn how to eat and cook healthy. Join us in learning how to effectively implement this evidence-based nutrition curriculum in your community!  

Learning Objectives

  • How to effectively facilitate a food discovery experience
  • Potential health benefits of a community engagement program
  • How to build food literacy in a community  

Presenter(s):  

  • Meg Denning Yuan, program manager for Healthy Living and Community, American Heart Association (@American_Heart)
  • Kimberly Wright, senior program manager for content and strategy, American Heart Association (@American_Heart)

Meg Denning Yuan
Program Manager for Healthy Living and Community
American Heart Association
@American_Heart

Meg Denning Yuan is a national program manager in healthy living and community with the American Heart Association. In addition to managing the creation and evaluation of healthy living programs, she supports the development and marketing of healthy living continuing education courses. She earned a bachelor’s in public health from the University of Arizona and a master’s of public health in health promotion and behavioral sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC). She also completed a Maternal and Child Health fellowship from the UTHSC.

Kimberly Wright
Senior Program Manager for Content and Strategy
American Heart Association 
@American_Heart

Kimberly D. Allen Wright is a national senior manager with the American Heart Association and is an experienced leader with a track record of success in developing structural alignment, leading change initiatives and delivering innovative strategic solutions for both profit and nonprofit organizations.

Wright is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in banking and finance. She is an active member of several volunteer organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and serves on the board of the Junior League of Atlanta and the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. She also served on the Visitors Board at her alma mater and the advisory board for the Allen Etiquette Institute. In 2002, Upscale Magazine named Wright one of 10 Power Brokers of the Millennium.