News | Published May 7, 2013

CCPCH Brown Bag Lunch Series—community conversations

People were conversing, excitement was growing, and by the end of the Centre County Partnership for Community Health (CCPCH) Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of obesity/diabetes, the flipchart was filled with more than 20 different ideas about how to address the issue of obesity in the Centre Region.

The first of six Brown Bag Lunches came on the heels of the month-long program, The Weight of the Nation, a 4-part film series presented by Mount Nittany Health at The State Theatre, in State College, that addressed the obesity epidemic in the U.S.

 The CCPCH Brown Bag Lunch Series creates an opportunity for conversations with community members about the six priority health needs of the region identified during the Health Summit in February at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The six health needs are:

  • Obesity/diabetes
  • Mental health
  • Healthy aging
  • Transportation and accessibility
  • Oral health
  • Substance abuse

More than 40 community members attended the first CCPCH Brown Bag Lunch on Obesity/Diabetes in April, held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in State College. “At my table there was a lot of brainstorming. I could definitely feel the enthusiasm,” said Barbara Newell, MA, licensed massage therapist with Calming Points.

Some of the ideas generated:

  • Create a volunteer health coach force.
  • PCOD (People Centre’D on Diabetes)—have a speaker’s bureau and do A1c blood testing to screen for diabetes at various organizations’ gatherings.
  • Centre County Cash—work with businesses to provide a reward system for people who track their weight and health indicator numbers.

The second Brown Bag Lunch—Mental Health was held on May 7, and the June Brown Bag Lunch: Healthy Aging, will take place on June 12 from noon until 2:00 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1250 University Drive, State College, Pa. RSVP to Natalie Corman,