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Kansas City: Family Medicine Residents & Students National Conf.

There they all were, fresh-faced, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and toting their totes, for the Family Medicine Residents & Students National Conference.  Have you noticed how over time the medics seem to get younger and younger?  Each year a portion of this conference’s program is dedicated to a special theme. In 2014, attention focused on health care transformation plus associated topics and issues as they relate to family medicine and the role family physicians have in shaping change.  Enthusiastic young delegates could enhance their clinical skills such as monitoring heart sounds, learning procedures in family medicine, and how to manage chronic pain, in addition to a wide range of additional workshop topics.  They were all there to “capture a vision of Family Medicine”.  Think Little House On The Prairie with stethoscopes….  #AAFP

Kansas City: Western Farm Show

The Western Farm Show told us it’s “The Heart Of Ag”.  Besides visiting with exhibitors and viewing the thousands of products on display at the show, delegates were encouraged to attend the NCBA’s “Stockmanship & Stewardship” Low-Stress Livestock Handling demonstrations.  The demonstration was designed to improve the well-being of cattle and their handlers while providing reassurance to consumers and food marketers that the beef cattle industry is actively engaged in continuous improvement, specifically in assuring the humane management of the cattle under their care. The program was designed to be appropriate for all cattle producers, beef and dairy, regardless of the size of the herd or their age.  Free health screening was on offer in the Health & Safety Roundup Area, including blood pressure, cholesterol screenings, tetanus shots
and a hearing test.  I said tetanus shots.  I SAY… I SAID TETANUS SHOTS….  what, are you deaf?   #2014WFS

Kansas City: National Association of Farm Broadcasters

NAFB is the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, an organization dedicated to serving the interest of the agricultural community and creating value for its Broadcast member stations and networks. NAFB is an established liaison between farm broadcast stations and networks and the Agri-Marketing community of companies and agencies.  Each year, NAFB members gather in Kansas City, Missouri for three days of professional improvement, networking, listening to newsmakers and celebrating the accomplishments of their peers.   Trade Talk, the centerpiece event of the NAFB’s National Convention, afforded participants access to member broadcasters
to discuss the issues and topics that are most important to their organizations, associations and companies.  More than 100 broadcasters circulated among participants, each represented by two spokespersons to accommodate more than one visiting interviewer at any given time.  Wait…  What if I have three visiting interviewers…?  #NAFB13

Kansas City: AZA #AZA2013

Sept. 7-12,  2013. AZA is the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  You’ll know you were in the right place when you saw the banners with the polar bears.  For more than 80 years, the AZA Annual Conference has been where zoo business solutions, new trends and science-based know-how converge. Hosting over 1,800 attendees and 125 service providers, the conference attracted long-time zoo and aquarium veterans and rising future leaders. Attendees came together to share ideas and learn from one another, uniting opportunities and experts to make great zoo and aquarium ideas stick and new ones come to life.  Sessions included Wildlife Conservation and Management meets, a National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation Introductory Workshop, the Children’s Zoo Interest Group, and a workshop on Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter.  There were side trips to experience the Topeka Zoo, located in the capital city of Kansas, and the Sunset Zoo, in Manhattan, Kansas.  Hey, no sticking things through the bars, please…

Kansas City: School Nutrition

July 14-17, 2013. This gathering was hosted by SNA, the School Nutrition Association.  SNA’s Annual National Conference touts itself as the school nutrition event of the year.  Thousands of school nutrition professionals from across the country gathered for four days of informative sessions and thought-provoking exhibits.  Budgets were an issue widely discussed.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service recently released a notice announcing adjustments to the “national average payments,” in other words the amount of money the Federal Government provides States for the lunches, afterschool snacks and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Hence a program of taste-testing.  School nutrition professionals sampled healthy foods and beverages, and previewed equipment and service options to help school cafeterias prepare meals and snacks that meet the new federal nutrition standards.  Okay, who’s going to say grace…?

Kansas City: CAMEX

February 22-26, 2013. CAMEX is the Campus Market Expo, and it positions itself as the premier educational event for college store professionals. Approximately 1,500 store pros meet to take part in more than 120 educational sessions, keynotes, learning tours, and workshops led by both professional speakers and education industry experts.  People were here to learn.  Educational opportunities included everything from Deep Dives (2-hour sessions designed to provide an in-depth exploration of critical topics impacting the industry) to Flash Sessions (20-minute presentations allowing just enough time to hear  a great idea and ask a few questions).  For those whose curiosity was still not sated, there were learning tours of mainstream retailers, campus stores and local apparel vendors. Then there was the Book Tour Luncheon, and for new arrivals in the industry, the First Timers’ Program.  It’s never too late to start….

Kansas City: NSCAA

Jan. 11-15, 2012. The NSCAA is the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  From coaches to administrators, parents to players, the NSCAA hosts events for all members of the soccer community. The NSCAA offers a comprehensive curriculum inclusive of all coaches at all levels of the game, whether it’s learning the basics of coaching goalkeepers or a high-level discussion of systems of play.  The mission is “to help soccer coaches grow and develop in a positive and professional manner”.  The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized four coaches who contributed to the growth of the sport through their efforts in the collegiate, high school, youth and coaching education realms, the awards being presented at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet.  So when’s kick-off?