Appalachian Health Summit

Through the Appalachian Health Summit, Live Healthy Appalachia works to bring experts in various health fields to Athens, Ohio to further the professional development of local physicians, nurses, health educators, and interested community members. Since our inception, we have hosted five summits, with topics ranging from lifestyle medicine to healthy aging to diabetes prevention.

Our next Appalachian Health Summit is slated to take place in spring 2018 in Athens, Ohio.

  • Transforming Our Approach to Diabetes (October 20, 2016)

    The fifth Appalachian Health Summit was held at the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center on October 20, 2016. The theme of this conference was "Transforming Our Approach to Diabetes", and the conference was presented in partnership with the Creating Healthy Communities Coalition of Athens County. This summit featured evidence-based approaches for healthcare professionals to promote innovation in diabetes treatment and prevention. The conference was presented as part of a larger diabetes prevention effort made possible by funding provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission and Marshall University. Speakers at the 2016 Appalachian Health Summit included: Jay Shubrook, DO; Elizabeth Beverly, PhD; John Leite; and James Loomis, MD, MBA.

  • Building Healthier Generations (September 25, 2015)

    The fourth Appalachian Health Summit was held at the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center on September 25, 2015. The theme of this conference was "Building Healthier Generations", and Live Healthy Appalachia was pleased to welcome regionally and nationally known speakers offering evidence-based approaches for healthy aging. The goal of this event, in partnership with Ohio University's Collaborative on Aging, was to promote and support healthy living through the Appalachian region with a focus on creating healthy opportunities for people across generations. Speakers at the 2015 Appalachian Health Summit included: John Kopchick, PhD; Jamie Jeffrey, MD; Joel Kahn, MD; and Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD.

  • Be The Movement (May 17-17, 2014)

    The third Appalachian Health Summit took place at the Walter Hall Rotunda on May 16, 2014 and the Athens Community Center on May 17, 2014. This summit featured national known and respected speakers offering proven approaches for health professionals and community members to promote and inspire positive lifestyle changes. The goal of this event was to promote and support healthy living throughout the Appalachian region. Speakers at the 2014 Appalachian Health Summit included: Michael Greger, MD; James O. Hill, PhD; Daphne Miller, MD; Ocean Robbins; Dick Tibbits, DMin; and Andrew Wapner, DO.

  • Facilitating Change for a Healthier Appalachia (September 28-29, 2012)

    Our second Appalachian Health Summit was held at the Walter Hall Rotunda on September 28, 2012 and the Athens Community Center on September 29, 2012. The theme of this year's conference was "Facilitating Change for a Healthier Appalachia", and featured local experts along with some of our nation's most influential voices coming together to address professionals and change agents on reversing negative trends in health through lifestyle modification. Speakers at the 2012 Appalachian Health Summit included: James Prochaska, PhD; Michael Roizen, MD; Caldwell Esselstyn, MD; Chef AJ; Thomas Davis, PhD; Lynn Harter, PhD; David Holben, RD, LD, PhD; Steve Patterson, PhD; Frank Schwartz, MD; and Kathy Trace, MA. MSN, RN.

  • Appalachian Health Summit (May 20-21, 2011)

    Our inaugural Appalachian Health Summit took place in Athens, Ohio at the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center, Ohio University campus, and the Athens Community Center on May 20-21, 2011. The Appalachian Health Summit was the first of its kind in the region to address health issues caused by poor nutrition and other harmful lifestyle choices. The rise of chronic disease is a crisis, threatening our personal health, economy, culture, and the future of our children. Through education at our Summit events, we hope to reverse the trends in obesity and chronic disease. This Summit was the first big step toward creating a healthier Appalachia! Speakers at the 2011 Appalachian Health Summit included: Steve Aldana, PhD; T. Colin Campbell, PhD; Antonia Demas, PhD; Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, CNS; D. W. Edington, PhD; Caldwell Esselstyn, MD; Rip Esselstyn; Roger Greenlaw, MD; John Kelly, MD, MPH; Michelle May, MD; Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN; Jim Pschock; Rodney Snow, MD; Michael Thorner, MD, PhD; Tania Basta, PhD, MPH, CHES; Ruth Dudding, BS, CHES; Jay Shubrook, DO; Andrew Wapner, DO; and Frank Schwartz, MD.

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