2010 Fall Symposium

HFHL Second Annual Symposium: 
Food for Thought

Presented by the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Dates: September 30 & October 1, 2011

2010 HFHL Symposium photo v3Poor diet contributes to four of the six leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes), and it has been estimated that healthier diets could reduce $71 billion per year in medical costs, lost productivity, and lost lives. One approach to improving the American diet, as recommended in the 2010 USDA dietary guidelines, is that we eat more plants – fruits, vegetables, seeds, whole grains, and legumes.

The Food for Thought Summit, a program of the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, presented emerging scientific research that adds new insight into just how important these plants are for human health and why. Leading scientists gave updates on their latest research and case studies on the factors that can help motivate people to improve their health by eating more plants.

The Symposium took place over two days. Click on the following for information on each days' agenda:

Day 1 Agenda (.pdf): Plant Foods for Human Health
Day 2 Agenda (.pdf): Pack Your Menu with Powerhouse Plants

The purpose of the symposium was to generate exciting discussions that can lead to consensus on the controversial topics and/or recommendations for research needed for their resolution. If you are interested in working with the Institute on any of the key issues outlined in our second symposium, or if you have thoughts or suggestions regarding future topic areas, please send us an email.

Videos of Day One Presentations

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Video: WELCOME given by Mindy S. Kurzer, Director Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute; INTRODUCTION given by Robert J. Jones, Senior VP System Academic Administration
"Food for Thought - Healthy Foods Summit 2010"

SESSION ONE

Video: "Introduction to Session 1: Plant Foods & Bioactive Compounds for the Improvement of Human Health", Mary Jo Kreitzer, Center for Spirituality and Healing

"The Role of Bioactive Compounds and Dietary Supplements", Paul M. Coates, Director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

"The Portfolio Diet: Potential of Food Combinations to Prevent and Treat Chronic Diseases", David J.A. Jenkins, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto and Canadian Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism

Video: "An Onion a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Reflections on the Potential Health-Functionality of Vegetable Crops", Irwin Goldman, Professor of Horticulture, UW-Madison

Video: "How do we best use this information to increase the consumption of plant foods for human health?", Panel Discussion with Dr. Allen S. Levine, Dean, College of Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resource Science

SESSION TWO

Video: Introduction to Session 2: "Public Policy Issues Related to Increasing Plant Foods in the U.S Diet", Melissa Nelson Laska, UMN-Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

"Food Consumption Trends and the Economic and Policy Issues that Have Driven Them", Helen Jensen, Professor of Economics and head of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development's Food and Nutrition Policy Division, Iowa State University

Video: "Plant Food Safety Issues", Michael Doyle, Regents Professor of Food Microbiology, Director, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia

KEYNOTE PRESENTER

Video: "Communication Matters: Rethinking Nutrition & Scientific Messaging from a Journalist's Perspective", Mark Bittman, cookbook author and Journalist for The New York Times

Video: "How do we best use this information to increase consumption of plant foods for human health?", Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

For news regarding the 2010 Symposium, read the article in the Star Tribune or watch Mindy on KARE11.