PA Healthy & Active Communities Summit

Capital BlueCross DCNR

Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session

Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP

Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP
Director, Nemours Pediatric Obesity Initiative
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Dr. Hassink is the Director of the Nemours Pediatric Obesity Initiative and divides her time between clinical care and work with Nemours Health & Prevention Services on obesity policy and prevention. Previously she served as director of the Pediatric Weight Management Clinic at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE which is part of the Division of General Pediatrics. The clinic, which she began in 1988, uses a multidisciplinary; family based approach to obesity and takes care of children from infancy to young adulthood. Additionally, Dr. Hassink received her degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Neumann College.

She has authored numerous books and articles on pediatric obesity which range from basic research to advice for parents including A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity and Clinical Guide to Pediatric Weight Management and Obesity. Her book Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care has been designated a core pediatrics text.

Dr. Hassink serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics where she is District III chairperson overseeing the five state region of PA, NJ, DE, MD, WV, and Washington DC. She also chairs the AAP Obesity Leadership Work Group, is a member of the AAP Task Force on Obesity and currently serves on the expert panel on obesity for the AAP. In her role as an expert on pediatric obesity, she has testified at hearings before both U.S. Senate and House Committees.

Lunch Session

Todd Christopher

Todd Christopher is a writer, educator, and media producer who celebrates wonder wherever he finds it.

He is the co-founder of the National Wildlife Federation's Green Hour campaign to promote the well-being of kids and families through regular exposure to and interaction with the natural world around them. He is the former director of online media for and Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard, and Wild Animal Baby magazines, where his work has been honored by the Association of Educational Publishers.

A lifelong hiker and birder - even though he still can't tell one fall warbler from the next - Todd is the father of a young son and daughter who are tireless berry pickers, leaf jumpers, bug wranglers, and beachcombers, and you often can find him on backyard adventures and hiking trails with his family. He counts shade-grown coffee, well worn guitars, October baseball and the records of Miles Davis and John Coltrane among the finest things in life, and he is terribly uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person. The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids is his first book.