Past HFHL Events
Fall Research Symposia and Conferences
Each fall, the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute co-hosts or sponsors a research symposium or conference to discuss issues related to food, agriculture, and health.
The First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition was a milestone event in the growing movement to restore Native American health by reclaiming traditional diets and foodways and increasing access to nutritious food. The conference brought together more than 450 Native leaders, academics, and public health workers to collaborate and integrate traditional, Indigenous knowledge and Western, scientific research in order to combat the significant dietary factors contributing to profound Native health disparities. This effort was a collaboration between the Shakopee Mdewakaton Sioux Community and the HFHL Institute. HFHL took the lead in organizing a planning committee of Native and non-Native scholars and practitioners.
Food Access Summit 2014
In 2014, HFHL was a proud sponsor of the 2014 Food Access Summit held October 28-30, 2014 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). This event brought together leaders from agriculture,community development, education, health, hunger relief, human services and philanthropy sectors to improve access to healthy food for Minnesotans with limited financial resources.
2013 Research Symposium
October 14 & 15, 2013, HFHL and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum co-hosted the 5th Annual Healthy Foods Summit which focused on the topic of Food and the Environment.
2012 Research Symposium
In the fall of 2012, HFHL and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum co-hosted a research symposium titled, "Minnesota Leaders in Food and Health".
2011 Research Symposium
In the fall of 2011, HFHL and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum co-hosted the "Optimizing Food Systems for Human Health" Symposium. Learn more about this event.
2010 Research Symposium
In September 2010, HFHL co-hosted the "Food for Thought" Symposium with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Learn more about this event.
1st Annual Research Symposium (2009)
In September 2009, HFHL co-hosted its "Critical Issues in Research and Public Policy" Symposium with the Minnesota Obesity Center. Learn more about this event.
Food Day Events
Beginning in 2011, HFHL has hosted the University's Food Day event – a celebration and promotion of healthy, affordable, sustainable food.
Food Day 2016
U of M Food Day 2016 was held at the Coffman Memorial Student Union.
Food Day 2014
The University's 4th Annual Food Day event was held at the Recreation and Wellness Center and included new activities such as free rock climbing and fitness classes and food from the Wellness Center's Fresh Seasons Cafe.
Food Day 2013
In addition to a real food booth-style exhibition hall of different student, university and community groups, Food Day 2013 included a cooking demonstration by Jenny Breen Chef Instructor for UMN's Cooking on a Student's Budget 1-credit cooking course, tasting sessions, a "foodie" photo competition, local co-op and farmers market displays and a university dining chef battle.
Food Day 2012
Building on the run-away success of the University's first Food Day celebratrion, Food Day 2012 was two full-days of events, presentations, symposiums, and eating! Food Day 2012 was organized by U Students Like Good Food with support from HFHL.
1st Annual Food Day (2011)
On October 24, 2011, HFHL was proud to host Food Day at the University of Minnesota, part of a nationwide day of events celebrating the first annual Food Day, a movement to promote healthy and sustainable food for everyone. Over 1,000 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the various Food Day activities throughout the day.