To celebrate a decade of work making Kentucky children and schools healthier, the Kentucky Dietetic Association is holding the 10th Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky conference June 30-July1 at the Griffin Gate Marriott hotel in Lexington.

"For the past 10 years, this has been a great way for Kentucky Dietetics Association to work with the UK Department of Nutrition and Food Science and the School of Human Environmental Sciences to provide quality continuing education for community educators about a healthy weight for children,” said Janet Mullins, associate extension professor in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and co-chair of the Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky conference.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. June 30 with registration and a continental breakfast. The July 1 sessions begin at 8 a.m. and are finished by noon. Participants can choose to attend a variety of breakout sessions related to health and wellness at school.

On June 29, the day before the Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky conference, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will host a Coordinated School Health Institute. The institute begins at 9 a.m. and includes a panel of school district superintendents who will discuss how they are making healthy changes in their schools. Participants in the institute will be able to attend several breakout sessions and take part in a networking lunch. The institute wraps up at 4 p.m.

The registration deadline for both conferences is June 21. Registration forms are available online at the Kentucky Dietetics Association website Registration is $75 for the Coordinated School Health Institute only, $130 for the Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky 10th Anniversary Celebration only or $205 for both. The registration fee for the Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky conference includes admission to a special reception titled Chefs Move to Kentucky Schools hosted by Renee Shaw from KET. The reception is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

The Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky conference will apply for 12 continuing education credits for registered dietitians, certified nutritionists, school food service directors, registered nurses and certified health education specialists.