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2016 School Wellness Conference

Wellness Foundation, in partnership with Edible Schools Gardens and the Southampton Hospital Wellness Institute is pleased to have hosted the first East End School Wellness conference. Over 140 attendees, representing nearly every school district on the East End and several nonprofit organizations, came together for a day of sharing information and learning from experts. Feedback was extremely positive and the participants expressed enthusiasm for continuing the conversation beyond the conference. Below are some of the presentations from the conference. In addition, LTV will soon provide a link to the video of the entire event. We will post it here as soon as it is available. We look forward to bringing our schools together to continue the conversation!

Overview of Goals

At the conference, schools:

  • Heard about the relationship between healthy eating, physical activity and academic performance and be were inspired to do more.
  • Learned about best practices and available resources to strengthen their wellness efforts.
  • Had the opportunity to network with other East End educators and professionals in the wellness field.
  • Had opportunity to earn a $500 grant to use toward a wellness initiative courtesy of our partner Bridgehampton National Bank.

Keynote Speakers

Robert Pangrazi

Robert P. Pangrazi
Educational Specialist, GOPHER Sport
Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

Robert Pangrazi is a Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University and an Educational Consultant for Gopher Sport and HOPSports. He began his career as a 5th grade teacher and was an ASU professor of physical education for 32 years. Dr. Pangrazi's physical education textbooks have sold more than 750,000 copies. Pangrazi has published over 60 textbooks and 100 research and professional articles. He has been a keynote speaker for 45 state and district conventions and an invited speaker at nearly 400 national and international conferences. He regularly conducts training sessions for schools and universities and is regarded as a motivational speaker. His approach to elementary school physical education has been used worldwide and is used in hundreds of public, private and charter schools across the U.S. Pangrazi also authored the Gopher Active and Healthy School Program that is used in many schools throughout the U.S. He served as editor to many journals including 13 years as co-editor of the PCFSN Research Digest.

Pangrazi has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the National Distinguished Service Award presented by the AAHPERD Council on Physical Education for Children, and the Curriculum and Instruction Emeritus Honor Award from the NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and a SHAPE America (AAHPERD) Honor Fellow. Pangrazi recently received SHAPE America's highest national honor, the Luther Halsey Gulick Award for his many contributions to the profession.

Mike Gulino Mike Gulino
Action for Healthy Kids
State Coordinator, New York

Mike recently retired from the Byram Hills School District after 34 years serving as a middle school health teacher, coordinator of health education and employee assistance and coach. The last 14 years of his career Mike served as K-12 Director of Health Education, Physical Education, Health Services and Athletics. During this time he developed and implemented the District wellness program, health and physical education curriculum, created a Peer Leadership Program for high school health education students, and ran professional development programs for staff. Utilizing a Coordinated School Health Model the strength of the program was the great community involvement and support for health and education of children. Mike was an adjunct instructor of Health Sciences at Lehman College where he taught classes on health promotion, prevention and teaching and learning strategies.

A graduate of Manhattan College with a B.S. in Physical Education, M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Applied Physiology, MSEd from Lehman College in Health Instruction and Promotion, and a professional diploma in School Administration from Long Island University. Mike has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 34 years and has three children, Michael, Kevin and Kelly. For fun Mike likes hiking, kayaking, walking, gardening and reading.


If you have any questions, please contact Michele Sacconaghi at michele@wfeh.org or (631)329-2590.


East End School Wellness Conference Sponsors