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
Poor 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:
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.