Speaker Canton

Panel Discussion

Ashton Caton is the Community Wellness Program Manager for Mercy Northwest Arkansas. She is a native to Northwest Arkansas, married her high school sweetheart who is a high school football coach, and has 3 beautiful kids. She has Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from the University of Central Arkansas. She is a certified personal trainer and spent 6 years as a group exercise instructor. She is passionate about helping people develop lifelong habits of fitness and wellness.  During her time at the Northwest Arkansas Mercy YMCA, she started the first Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in the state of Arkansas.  In addition, she served as the first certified DPP lifestyle coach in the state. She is a certified DTTAC Master Trainer Select for Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coaches. She started one of the first DPP programs at a medical facility within the state of Arkansas at Mercy Northwest Arkansas and was the first in the state to achieve CDC Full Recognition for the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Becky Adams is the Partnership and Policy Support Director for the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch and Section Chief for Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Arkansas Department of Health. She has a DrPH in Public Health Leadership from the UAMS Fay Boozman College of Public Health and an MPH from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Adams is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She began working at the Department of Health in 1999 where she directed the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program before moving into the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program. She has held various leadership positions in state and national associations and was the 2013 recipient of the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors’ Excellence in Advocacy Award, 2017 recipient of the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors’ Excellence in Association Work Award and 2018 recipient of the Arkansas Public Health Association’s Tom T. Ross Award. Interests include primary prevention of chronic disease and lifestyle change through policy and environmental change to improve quality of life.

Phyllis Carr holds a Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian. MS Carr also holds a Certificate in Culinary Arts and is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), a Certified DEEP provider, and a Certified Lifestyle Coach.

Phyllis is currently the Diabetes Program Training Coordinator for the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, providing technical assistance and support to hospitals, clinics, and other health care entities within that organization looking to start a Recognized/Accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support or Diabetes Prevention Program.