Food, Nutrition, & Healthy Communities

2017 Conference Highlights:

​Hunger Free Texans is a training ground for college students through its Student Internship Program for those interested in the macro system of public health and healthy communities. Part of that education piece includes educating college students (bachelors, masters & PhD's) who will be entering the workforce to become America's future healthy community leaders through its conferences across the state of Texas.

The annual TKOCH conference in May provides a student discount rate for students who may want to attend.  Students whose field of study is healthcare, social science, education, social work, and other related health & wellness disciplines will not only learn about topics important to the healthy community industry but also benefit from networking with these leaders and their staff attending.  From a public policy perspective, students may learn about proposed legislation, how government agencies implement legislation, to how community organizations are then impacted as a result of the public policy changes which then ultimately affects the general community.  This conference may be enlightening to a student who is eager to learn more about their field of study.  By attending the conference,  students may also learn of a potential internship and other opportunities.

The discounted daily rate will be $100 and include access to the general sessions, exhibitor areas and certain breakouts.. There will be limited number of student seats available over each of the 3-day conference.  To be eligible for the discounted rate you must be currently enrolled as a student in a college or university and must show proof at registration through your student ID with photo.  Colleges and Universities who wish to sponsor a group or students to attend can contact us for further information. High school students (junior and senior level only) studying healthcare careers are also eligible.

Contact us to learn how to register for the student rate:

For "Non-Credit Card Registration" see Conference Library

Eventbrite - 2016 Keeping Our Communities Healthy Conference

Farmers Market University (FMU) is a program presented by Hunger Free Texans and The Texas Department of Agriculture’s Go Texan Program offered at the Keeping Our Communities Healthy Conference.    

FMU provides a foundational 4 course curriculum that give students “the basics” on starting, enhancing and sustaining a successful farmers market.  FMU students are taught by best practice farmers markets from across the state of Texas.  FMU certificates are provided upon completion of the 4 core courses (FMU 101-104).  Students are free however to take any course offered within the FMU track that they feel may benefit them.

FMU also provides supplemental courses that further enhance farmer’s market services in addition to community and other type gardens.  Supplemental courses include topics on hospital and other types of farmers markets.  Attendees can also learn more about starting, enhancing or sustaining a community, school, church, workplace or urban garden.   

The Foundation of A Successful Market (Core)

Managing Your Market (Core)
Marketing, Stand Design & Layout (Core)
Producers Forum (Core) 

About the Conference:
The Keeping Our Communities Healthy Conference (TKOCH) is an effort to increase awareness of food, nutrition, health and wellness initiatives across America that keep our communities healthy. Experts and professionals from the food, nutrition, health & wellness industry and vested healthy communities stakeholders come together to talk about best practices, innovative models, network, share the latest news and research on what is happening in Texas and across the nation all in an effort to build a healthier community.    


     2017 Conference Library:

2017 Agenda At A Glance (COMING SOON!)
2016 Agenda At A Glance & Breakouts
Attending Organizations 
General Information Packet
Exhibitor Information Packet
Sponsorship Packet
Call for Presentations/Abstracts
Non-Credit Card Registration

-2017 Conference Theme: Promoting positive community relations strategies in our communities. 

-3-Day Learning Conference includes 5 general sessions and 55 breakout learning sessions from national best practices..

-Continuing Education: Hours will be provided for public health professionals, registered dietitians through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics & for Texas school nutrition professionals. 


-Farmers Market University (FMU): The nations first national Farmer's Market University, est 2016, provides continuing education to market managers and gardeners on a variety of farmers market and community garden topics.

For general info about the 2016 TKOCH Conference:



​​​The Largest Healthy Communities Conference in Texas

Hilton Post Oak

May 17-19, 2017 

Houston, Texas

General Registration is $350

Come learn about the latest and greatest on

food access, nutrition, healthy schools & healthy communities

Keeping Our Communities Healthy Conference

General Session Overview:

The 2017 TKOCH Conference will include general sessions, breakouts and exhibit hall.  

The 3-day agenda will include topics about food safety, food healing, chronic disease prevention, positive community relations strategies for community leaders, after school programs, healthy schools, school nutrition, food access & distribution, community revitalization, farmers markets, community gardens, school gardens, urban gardens, neighborhood transformation, public safety & active shooters, farmers market wellness programs, food insecurity, community reinvestment, food deserts, food waste, homeland security & preparedness, farm to school programs, farm to work programs, school based clinics, school based pantries, obesity prevention, healthy eating, healthy living, physical fitness, agricultural initiatives, workplace wellness, self-care, affordable care, kinesthetic learning, health literacy in schools, nonprofit grocery stores, wellness programs, prescription programs for healthier living and many other timely national topics.

For general info about the 2016 TKOCH Conference:


Future Healthy Leaders Program & Student Rate: