Outdoor Industry Asssociation’s Lise Aangeenbrug Kicks Off 2020 ONLINE Play Conference

The US Play Coalition is proud to announce Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of the Outdoor Industry Association, will kickoff the 2020 ONLINE Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL with a LIVE Zoom keynote presentation, “Promoting the Power of Play.”

For the last 30 years, Lise’s career has been in service of protecting land and wildlife habitat, building parks and trails, and connecting communities to the outdoors.  Lise currently serves as the Executive Director of the Outdoor Industry Association, a membership-driven trade organization for the outdoor industry. They are a force for the industry in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increasing outdoor participation.

Until a few weeks ago, Lise was the executive director of the OIA’s charitable arm, the Outdoor Foundation (and she continues to serve as its president).  The Foundation is on a mission to get everyone to thrive outside.  Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the executive vice president for the National Park Foundation and the executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund.

Upon taking the helm of the Outdoor Foundation in 2018, Lise said that she looked forward to working with her stakeholders “to collectively inspire the next generation to PLAY in and love the outdoors.”  In her new role with the Outdoor Industry Association, her focus broadens to “build thriving businesses, thriving people and a thriving planet.”

“Lise is a leader in the outdoor industry with experience in conservation and connecting people to the outdoors through the Thrive Outside Community Initiative and similar efforts. We are honored that Lise is still able to share her valuable insights with us, after we had to cancel our in-person conference.  Play is a valuable tool people can use to help address anxious times, and a necessary release when isolated at home,” says Stephanie Garst, executive director of the US Play Coalition.

In early March, the US Play Coalition announced they would shift their 2020 Play Conference to an online format in response to the rapid pace of the COVID-19 outbreak. Most of the ONLINE conference will be recorded educational and research sessions originally slated for that in-person conference – more than 50 presentations to date.  “Live” presentations like this one by Lise Aangeenbrug are only available to registered conference attendees.  The presentations will be recorded and included in the ONLINE conference content for those who cannot join in real time.

SPECIAL NOTE: Given that Colorado (Lise’s home state) is now under a stay-at-home order, this presentation will be low tech.  There is no production team or marketing experts creating a flashy video.  This will be Lise and a laptop…and we are grateful she will share her expertise with us.

 

 

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event has been moved ONLINE for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will be our first-ever online Play Conference!


Play Conference Planners Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic by Moving Conference ONLINE

With the rapid pace of the COVID-19 outbreak, the US Play Coalition is officially moving its annual Conference on the Value of Play to an online format.

“We feel it’s the right and responsible thing to do,” says executive director Stephanie Garst.  “The US Play Coalition leadership feels strongly that our conference takes on a new importance at times like these. Play is a valuable tool people can use to help address anxious times, and a necessary release when isolated at home.”

The conference planning team is moving quickly to get the conference moved online.  They ask for patience as they navigate these uncharted waters.  This will be the FIRST EVER ONLINE Conference on the Value of Play.

“We hope you will engage with us virtually, in the interest of public health, wellness, safety and education!!” Garst said.

Once we figure out all the details, we will re-open registration for the online conference. Those who registered for the in-person conference will receive direct communications about next steps.


The US Play Coalition is thrilled to announce the current slate of headliners for the 2020 ONLINE Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL.

Lise Aangeenbrug is Executive Director of the Outdoor Industry Association, a membership-driven trade organization for the outdoor industry.  For the last 30 years, Lise’s career has been in service of protecting land and wildlife habitat, building parks and trails, and connecting communities to the outdoors.

Aangeenbrug will address efforts her organization is spearheading to get kids, families and entire communities PLAYING outside.  Learn more…

 

Michael J. Hynes, Ed.D., is an educator, scholar, and thought leader. A superintendent of public schools on Long Island, New York, Hynes has also published numerous articles and featured in numerous podcasts on school leadership.  His article on “Play, Recess and Mental Health”  was #1 for 2018 in EDUCATION WEEK.

Hynes’ presentation will be “Creating a School Vision of Play and Wellness: The Importance of a Balanced Approach to Education.”   More details...

 

There are dozens more Research Symposium and Educational Sessions at our 2020 ONLINE Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL.  Stay tuned for more details.


The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event has been moved ONLINE for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will be our first-ever online Play Conference!


Inaugural “Health and PLAY” Institute to Launch at the 2021 Play Conference

“Health and PLAY” Institute

Sunday, March 28, 2021, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Madren Conference Center, Clemson University
Pre-registration is required, and participants are expected to participate for the entire institute.

The US Play Coalition is thrilled to announce an innovative one-day program featuring health experts from across the country and aimed specifically at health practitioners.  The inaugural “Health and PLAY” Institute will examine the synergies between play and health on Sunday, March 28, as part of the 2021 Conference on the Value of Play

Michael Suk, MD, a leading advocate on health and nature, outdoor recreation as a gateway to better health, and “play for life” champion, will be our Chair and Moderator for the Health and Play Institute.  Dr. Suk is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Professor and Chair of the Musculoskeletal Institute at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. In addition to his role as a Steering Committee Member for the US Play Coalition, Dr. Suk also serves on numerous Boards including the American Medical Association, Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Associations and SHIFT at the Center for Jackson Hole.  Previously he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the US Department of the Interior and Senior Advisor on Health and Recreation to the National Park Service.

Topics and honored faculty of the “Health and PLAY” Institute include (to date):

The Science of Play: What We Know
In this session, we will explore the history of play science and its relationship to human interaction, brain development and as a potential medical intervention. Confirmed panelists for this session:

  • Stuart Brown, MD, Founder of the National Institute for Play.  His background in psychiatry, the evolution of human and animal play, as well as his clinical research into the causes and prevention of violence, have shown him that authentic play is a state of being which can be accessed and used by everyone, and that play is as important to humans as vitamins or sleep.
  • Jessica M. Black, PhD, is pioneering and directing advancement of cognitive, educational and social neuroscience into social work research, education and training. Dr. Black is an Educational Neuroscientist and an Associate Professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. She is Chair of Children, Youth and Families Concentration and is the Chair of Teaching Excellence. Dr. Black directs the Cell to Society Lab that fuses biological and psycho-social fields to improve youth wellbeing.
  • Jenny Radesky, MD – Dr. Radesky is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician whose research focuses on family digital media use, child social-emotional development, and parent-child interaction.  She uses a combination of observational, qualitative, and passive sensing methods to examine how parents and young children use mobile media throughout daily routines.  She authored the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics digital media guidelines for young children.

The Role of Play in Society
In this session, we ask you to explore the role of play from a population viewpoint and the role of non-profit advocacy groups and state government. Confirmed panelists for this session:

  • Erwin Tan, MD – Dr. Erwin Tan is Director of Thought Leadership – Health at AARP and a board-certified internist and geriatrician. He previously served as the director of Senior Corps at the Corporation for National and Community Service, where he oversaw the RSVP, Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs.
  • Hon. Jerome Loughridge, Secretary of Health and Mental Health, State of Oklahoma. In this position, he oversees Oklahoma’s health care industry that employs more than 215,000 professionals and has an impact of roughly $11.8 billion annually. Under Governor Kevin Stitt, Loughridge has been charged given the tasks of repairing Oklahoma’s rural health infrastructure, decreasing the number of uninsured Oklahomans and making Oklahoma a healthier state with a greater quality of life
  • Sarah Griffin, PhD, professor of Public Health Science at Clemson University, has over twenty years of experience in public health with a specific interest in eliminating health disparities. Dr. Griffin serves as Principal Investigator of the Greenville Health System (GHS) School-Based Health Center implementation study for OnTrack Greenville. She is also Co-Principal Investigator for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention obesity prevention initiative with rural health extension

Provider Wellbeing and Burnout: Does Play Have a Role?
During this session, we would like to you to share your thoughts on the widely recognized and growing epidemic of physician “burnout,” with an eye toward using Play as a tool combat what many refer to as “moral injury.” Confirmed panelists for this session:

  • Marie Brown, MD, is a practicing internist, an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College, the director of practice redesign for the American Medical Association, and the immediate past governor of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Brown is a frequent guest lecturer at academic, national and international health care conferences. Her areas of expertise include: practice transformation, joy in medicine, adult immunizations, medication adherence and diabetes.
  • Brooke Buckley, MD, FACS, board certified general surgeon and national expert on physician well-being. Dr. Buckley has dedicated a significant portion of her training and professional life to organized medicine and taking a broader look at medical care delivery, with specific interests in emergency surgical care, health-care delivery to rural communities, and physician wellbeing.
  • Caroline Cárdenas, MSN, RN, CBCN, is a Masters-prepared oncology nurse, hoopdance teacher, and evangelist for play and physical movement as a means to preventing and recovering from burnout and compassion fatigue. She’s also the creator of The Hula Hoop Girl, an Embodied Movement Meditation Self-Care Body Play Practice that guides women to reconnect to their natural born rhythm, replenish their joy, and cultivate their creative courage.

Using Play as Bridge Between Technologies
During this session, we would like to you to introduce your specific technology platform and discuss how aspects of “Play” can be a bridge to consumer engagement and/or better health outcomes.  Invited panelists for this session:

  • Meaghan Praznik, is a health and wellness, social media expert and Head of Communications & Partnerships, AllTrails. She is a 13-time IRONMAN finisher and qualifier for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships.
  • Amy Babington is Vice President of Client Success & Strategy at Force Therapeutics, leading a team that is responsible for supporting the patient and provider end users of the Force platform. In her tenure, she has been an integral part of the team to build out important functions and determine the needs of Force’s client base and market.

 

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.


Early Childhood Professional Development Day to help kickoff
2020 Play Conference POSTPONED!

“Play and Early Childhood” Institute

POSTPONED – TO BE RESCHEDULED IN LATE SUMMER/EARLY FALL

Pre-registration is required, and participants are expected to participate for the entire institute.

This unique Early Childhood Professional Development Day is one of our 2020 PLAYinstitutes.  It is essentially 6 workshops in one amazing full day training aimed at early childhood educators and caregivers.

Chaired and moderated by Dee Stegelin, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Clemson University, the “Play and Early Childhood” Institute featured sessions presented by early childhood education experts from across the country.

SPECIAL NOTE – This institute has been approved for 6 hours of SC Endeavors/SC-CCCCD state-approved training credits in the Curriculum Category.  

Presentations included with this 6-hour institute are:

Integrating Play and STEAM Teaching into Early Childhood Classrooms
Amanda Bennett, M.Ed., ABD, PhD Student, Clemson University

Strategies for Supporting Preschool Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Jill C. Shelnut, M.Ed., ABD, Lecturer, Clemson University

Children Think Better on Their Feet Than Their Seat
Mary Mackenzie, M.Ed., United Kingdom, Senior Fellow, Institute for Child Success

Reggio Inspired Indoor and Outdoor Play
Dee Stegelin, Ph. D., Professor Emerita, Clemson University & Senior Fellow, Institute for Child Success
and
Jill C. Shelnut, M. Ed. , ABD, Lecturer, Clemson University

Voices for Play: Advocating for Active Play
Amity Buckner, M. Ed., Director, Pickens County Office of First Steps

Playing with Vivian Paley’s Storytelling and Storyacting Approach
Debora Wisneski, Ph. D., Associate Professor, University of Omaha


The cost of this PLAYinstitute is  just $45/person.


Thankful for Our
Longtime Top Supporters

With Valentine’s Day behind us, we want to give some special love to four longtime, top supporters.

Since our founding MORE THAN TEN YEARS AGO (in 2009!), these four sponsors have been at our side, giving top level financial support to insure that the US Play Coalition could not only grow, but also evolve and expand its reach to spread the importance of the VALUE of PLAY.

They are truly are leaders in advancing the play movement. Their support comes from their deep belief in our work, our message, and our network.

 

Please click on their logos to learn more about each.


Headliners Announced for the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play

The US Play Coalition is thrilled to announce the current slate of headliners for the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL, March 29-April 1, at Clemson University.

John Whyte, MD, MPH is a popular physician and writer who has been communicating to the public about health issues for nearly two decades.  He is currently the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD.  In this role, Dr. Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues.

Whyte will share insights on social media, consumerism, health and the connection to play.  Read more…

 

Lise Aangeenbrug is Executive Director of the Outdoor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).  For the last 30 years, Lise’s career has been in service of protecting land and wildlife habitat, building parks and trails, and connecting communities to the outdoors.  In March, Aangeenbrug will take up the mantle of Executive Director of Outdoor Industry Association and continue serving as president of the Outdoor Foundation.

Aangeenbrug will address efforts her organization is spearheading to get kids, families and entire communities PLAYING outside.  Learn more…

 

Michael J. Hynes, Ed.D., is an educator, scholar, and thought leader. A superintendent of public schools on Long Island, New York, Hynes has also published numerous articles and featured in numerous podcasts on school leadership.  His article on “Play, Recess and Mental Health”  was #1 for 2018 in EDUCATION WEEK.

Hynes’ presentation will be “Creating a School Vision of Play and Wellness: The Importance of a Balanced Approach to Education.”   More details...

 

In addition to these headliners, there will be dozens more amazing presenters!  Click here to see a list of the education and research symposium sessions.

 

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.

  

The ABCs of the 2020 Play Conference Educational Sessions
and Research Symposium

The full detailed schedule is coming soon with even more session titles…but until then, below is an alphabetical list of the Educational Sessions and Research Symposium Sessions that have been confirmed for the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL.

Check back often because we will update the list as our presenters continue to confirm their sessions.

          

  • “As a parent, if I can…”: Parents’ Perception and Design of Children’s Out of School Time
  • “You Can’t Fall From That” – What National Playground Standards Could Learn from Childcare Regulations
  • A Community Within: Black Child Play as Response & Protest
  • Adapting Play for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Addressing Physical Activity through a Preschool Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention
  • All-Inclusive Play for All Guidelines: Embracing Science, Innovation and Fun to Support Human Development
  • Applying a Task-Person-Environment Approach to Designing Play Studies
  • Bourbon, BBQ and Bots: Educating Older Adults about Play
  • Breaking Down Barriers to Student Potential with Inclusive Coordinative Classroom Play
  • Building an Outdoor Classroom anywhere
  • Child Play Network Influences on Physical Literacy in Mexican-heritage Colonias
  • COMMUNITY EDinburgh (Inspiration from Scotland)
  • Creativity and Outdoor Play – The Recipe for All Children
  • Designing and Building PLAYces with Teens
  • Designing Successful Play Partnerships:  PlayBuild + Tulane University
  • Determining Obesity Rates in Children with Multiple Play Breaks in Schools Daily
  • Determining the Suitability of Neighborhood Sidewalks for Play with an Evaluation of the Streetscape
  • Documenting Children’s Play: Including the Child’s Voice
  • Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth Through Meaningful Play and Recreation Opportunities
  • Encouraging Time Outdoors in Naturalized Learning Environments in South Carolina Childcare Facilities
  • Examining the link between recess quality and classroom behavior in elementary school children
  • Experiencing Play: Evaluating and Thinking with Outdoor Play
  • Families and Play
  • For the Love of Lycra: Stretch, Feel, Laugh, Play
  • Free Aquatic Play in a Controlled World
  • From Freedom to Liberation to Revolution: Anji Play Stories from The Anji Interviews
  • Furnishing for Adult Play: Developing a Social Play Space for a Multidisciplinary Research Community
  • Getting Teens to Play
  • Green Schoolyards – Neighborhood Amenity to National Necessity
  • Guide to Implementing Play Streets in Rural Communities: A Tool to Increase Active Play Opportunities for Children
  • Hidden Children
  • How Principles in Play Connect to Pedagogy in Gifted Education and Talent Development
  • Joining In: Parent Perspectives on Specially Designed Inclusive Play
  • Keeping Recess in Indoor Recess
  • Learning from One Another: School and Preschool Play around the Globe
  • Leisure & Late Adulthood: Examining the Benefits of Participation during Retirement
  • Listening to Children: Exploring the Legacy of Vivian Paley
  • Lowering Barriers…How Giving Nature Play a Purpose Can Get People Outdoors!
  • Measuring the Impact of Playful Learning in a Nature-based Early Childhood Program
  • Messy, Muddy, and Marvelous: Forest Schools, Education and Play
  • Mitigating Bias in Play Opportunities
  • Modifying Play Environments for Sensory Processing Differences
  • Movement & learning: what’s the connection?
  • Movement in Middle School – Application of the Transtheoretical Model for Physical Activity
  • Moving the Temperature Needle: Cooling and Greening Playgrounds
  • Neurodiversity and Play
  • Pedaling to Safe Play: Factors Related to Youth Self-Efficacy for Injury Prevention Bicycle Skills
  • Play and Culture: Investigating the Impact of Toys and Play Materials
  • Play as a Parallel Process for Learning
  • Play as Therapy for Helping Families Heal & Grow
  • Play Based Curriculum for Humanities in Museum Environments
  • Play Experiences in Social Emotional Learning
  • Play is for teens, too! Employing teens during the summer to be Play Captains
  • Play on Purpose: Putting the Power of Play to Work in Retirement
  • Play, Dementia & Alzheimers: Life and Fun Following Diagnosis
  • Playful Reading: Literacy through Play
  • Playing the Eduspeak Speak Game: Tips on Aligning Lessons with Play Principles
  • Playing with Disability: Loose Parts, Outdoor Play, and Occupational Therapy
  • Raptors & Ruderals: What do we mean by ‘nature play’ in an urban environment?
  • Relationships, Relationships, Relationships, Relationships, Programs and Services
  • Religion and the Biological and Cultural and Evolution of Child’s Play
  • Same Game, Different Play
  • Say “Yes!” to Kids with Disabilities: Stories and Strategies for including ALL kids
  • Seniors and Preschoolers Design Toys Together: An Intergenerational Play Project in Finland
  • Strengthen Your Play Story in the Digital World
  • Testing Play: Concepts to Construction
  • The All New Voice of Play Website: How to Maximize This Exciting New Resource
  • The Influence of Preschool Educators’ Beliefs about Play-Based Learning on Instructional Delivery
  • The Power of Play for ALL Ages
  • The Power of Playful Learning with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
  • Unstructured Play in Schools is Linked to Positive Health Benefits for Teachers
  • Using Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) to Promote Relationship and Connection
  • When Teachers Are Prepared to Use Play as A Learning Medium
  • Why We Play and Why We Will Continue to Play in Pickens County
  • Yes, And: The Power of Teaching with Improvisational Play

Be sure to REGISTER TODAY because the early bird deadline for this PLAYful conference is February 15.

…and MANY, MANY MORE!!  You don’t want to miss this exciting professional development opportunity!  Join us at the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL, March 29 – April 1 at Clemson University.

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.


Here is your LAST CHANCE to
GIVE THE GIFT OF PLAY with a
year-end donation to our Grants Fund

Inspired by the generosity of so many, we are extending our action and research grant fundraising effort through December 31. Please support our action and research grants with a gift of any denomination to the US Play Coalition.

We will give 100% of all donations made through December 31, 2019, to our grants fund. There are no hidden costs or fees…everything we raise through the end of the year goes to our 2020 grants. Please go online to GIVE PLAY- http://bit.ly/DonatePlay

YOU can support PLAY by donating to our Action and Research Grants for playmakers and researchers whose work has the potential to improve and expand the Play Movement. Big or small, your gift MATTERS!!

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded close to $60,000 in funding to date.   The 2019 grant winners are bringing play to children in Baltimore and Frisco, Texas, providing Spanish tools for families to understand the benefits of toys and developing a tool to assess the quality and efficacy of outdoor play environments.  Check out all of the projects our grants have supported over the years – https://usplaycoalition.org/action-research-grants

Our 2019 goal is to fund at least one Research Grant and one Action Grant at our upcoming 2020 Play Conference.  All funds raised through 12/31/19 will go to our grant fund – 100% of it!

YOU can help us provide action and research grants in 2020 with your gift!  We can’t wait to share the future of play with you!

 

 

The U.S. Play Coalition
The U.S. Play Coalition is an international network of individuals and organizations that promotes the value of play throughout life. Formed in 2009, the coalition is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The coalition is housed in Clemson University’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management department, part of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.


Innovative Public School Advocate to Speak on Play and Wellness in Education

Michael J. Hynes, Ed.D., will be a headliner at the 2020 ONLINE Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL.

Hynes is an educator, scholar, and thought leader. A superintendent of public schools on Long Island, New York, it’s his mission to spread the importance of a holistic approach to educating children. Dr. Hynes, an innovative public school advocate and university lecturer, has made contributions regarding the importance of play and recess in schools as well as yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. He has also published numerous articles and featured in numerous podcasts on school leadership.

His article on “Play, Recess and Mental Health” was #1 for 2018 in EDUCATION WEEK.

Dr. Hynes’ 2020 PLAYtalk presentation will be “Creating a School Vision of Play and Wellness: The Importance of a Balanced Approach to Education,” addressing how do schools can create a vision and mission that embody a balanced approach to education with play and wellness as its main driver.

PLAYtalks are our version of TED Talks at the annual Play Conference. They are a series of 15-20 minute dynamic, entertaining, enlightening, engaging, inspiring, informative talks by thought leaders in the play world.

Dr. Hynes will also be leading a roundtable for school administrators at the Play Conference.

 

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event has been moved ONLINE for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will be our first-ever online Play Conference!


Chief Medical Officer of WebMD to Headline the 2020 Play Conference

The US Play Coalition is thrilled to announce that John Whyte, MD, MPH, will be a keynote panelist for the 2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL, March 29-April 1, at Clemson University.

Dr. John Whyte is a popular physician and writer who has been communicating to the public about health issues for nearly two decades.

He is currently the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD.  In this role, Dr. Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues.

Dr. Whyte is a board-certified internist and continues to see patients.  He has written extensively in the medical and lay press, including two best-selling books, “Is This Normal:  The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond” and “AARP New American Diet:  Lose Weight, Live Longer.”  He is passionate about changing how we think about health.

Having spent time in government, academia, and the private sector, Dr. Whyte brings a unique perspective to the annual Power PLAYer Panel that will address the theme of “PLAY FOR ALL.”  Whyte will share insights on social media, consumerism, health and the connection to play.

 

The Conference on the VALUE of Play
The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.