... to be a catalyst for collaborative efforts to create, sponsor, and endorse educational and social programs designed to help children thrive.

The Community Coalition for Children began in the fall of 1996, to serve the needs of families throughout the region. Our unique collaboration of public, independent and alternative schools, institutions, and community service organizations sponsors dynamic and informative presentations and Teen Summits with practical solutions for living and working with children.

The major vehicle for our efforts is an annual two-day presentation and workshop combination hosted at The Garde Arts Center and Connecticut College. Participants have given us extremely positive feedback regarding our efforts to meet our goals.


FEET + FORKS = Healthy Communities Need Healthy Kids!

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Monday Evening October 21, 2013 7pm

Health Fair & Reception 6pm

The Garde Arts Center
325 State Street, New London, CT
No registration necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

The Community Coalition for Children…
helping children thrive®
is delighted to sponsor

David L. Katz, M.D.


DAVID L. KATZ MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, is the founding (1998) director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He is a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and a clinical instructor in medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.


Katz is known internationally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention. He has published roughly 150 scientific articles; innumerable blogs and columns; nearly 1,000 newspaper articles; and twelve books to date, with 3 more currently in production. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Childhood Obesity, President-Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, founder and President of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation, and a blogger/medical review board member for the Huffington Post. Dr. Katz remains active in patient care, and directs the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. He helped establish, and formerly directed, one of the nation's first combined training program in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and served as Director of Medical Studies In Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for 8 years (1996-2004). Programming Katz and colleagues have developed- such as Nutrition Detectives™ and ABC for Fitness™ -has been adopted by thousands of public schools throughout the U.S., and abroad, and is reaching many tens of thousands of children. Katz has five U.S. patents, several patents pending, and is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (patents pending) utilized in the NuVal® nutrition guidance program (www.nuval.com), currently offered in over 1,600 supermarkets throughout the United States, from coast to coast, reaching some 30 million consumers. He has been recognized three times by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of the nation's top physicians in Preventive Medicine. He was nominated for the position of US Surgeon General in 2009 by the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, among others. He was the 2011 recipient of the Katharine Boucot Sturgis award from the American College of Preventive Medicine, the most prestigious award the College confers, awarded for illustrious career contributions to the field of Preventive Medicine. Also in 2011, Dr. Katz received the Lenna Frances Cooper Award from the American Dietetic Association (now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) for illustrious contributions to the field of nutrition. In 2012, he was the first inductee into the Marketing Disease Prevention in America hall of fame for efforts related to childhood obesity control. Also in 2012, Katz received the annual J. Warren Perry Award and Lectureship at the University at Buffalo and was the Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecturer at Penn State University. Dr. Katz is a leading voice in medical media, is quoted almost daily in major news publications, and appears routinely on national TV. He speaks routinely at conferences and meetings throughout the United States, and the world, and has delivered addresses in at least 7 countries. Widely recognized as a gifted public speaker, Katz has been acclaimed by peers as the "poet laureate of health promotion."

Dr. Katz and his wife Catherine live in CT; they have 5 children.







Ed. D.

A capacity crowd of 400 filled the

Crozier-Williams Center

Dr. Goodman, the author of Laffirmations, is the founder and director of The HUMOR Project, Inc. in Saratoga Springs, NY.


His presentation at The Garde Theater, Someday We’ll Laugh About This...Humor in parenting, teaching & life, will reverberate with all parents and educators who have uttered this famous phrase in a moment (or many moments) of exasperation. It reminds us that while we think that our experiences are unique, we share a common bond with all who have nurtured children through their ages and stages, including our own parents! 


His use of verbal puns is infectious. He calls humor “the jest medicine” and talks about “smileage.”

Be prepared to have an evening that will have you laughing and crying at the same time. When the founders of the CCC first got together around a kitchen table 15 years ago, they were wishing for a wise neighbor like Adele Faber, who became our first speaker. You will leave wishing that Joel Goodman not only lived next door, but is related to you – after all, he knows all of your secrets.  Fortunately, the CCC will be able to keep his wisdom alive through community access television replays of his presentation, so you can share him with your friends and family who have to miss him “live.”


Dr. Goodman’s work with The HUMOR Project has focused on the nature, nurture,

applications of humor and creativity in everyday life and work. His presentations, publications, and media appearances have touched and tickled the lives of millions of people throughout the world. His annual international conferences have featured keynote speakers such as Jay Leno, Victor Borge, Steve Allen, Sid Caesar, the Smothers Brothers, Mark Russell, and Dr. Bernie Siegel.


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