2014 Agenda

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Food Conference
Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?


October 27 & 28
Convene Conference Center
New York City


Conference Objectives

This year's James Beard Food Conference takes a hard look at health and food, and what is and is not working to address the health impacts of the modern American diet. Over the course of two stimulating days you can expect presentations and conversations that give you a better sense of actual health trends, three unique looks at what is driving these trends, and what solutions-oriented food system leaders and the medical community can do to make a difference. Not only will you get the chance to meet and interact with distinguished audience members, speakers, and panelists, you will co-create with them both an expansive definition of health and a call to action for better health that we can all subscribe to. Plan on being engaged, challenged, and encouraged by this carefully curated event designed for you.

 


Pre-Conference Welcome Reception

Sunday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

48 West 21st Street, NYC

Hosted by the Natural Gourmet Institute.

 

DAY ONE

 

Registration and Reception

 

Towards an Expansive Definition: Individual Health, Community Health, and Environmental Health

 

Keynote
What Is Health?
          Zeke Emanuel, MD

 

Interlude
The Bigger Picture – Youth Speaks Poetry

 

Trends and Snapshots

The Epidemiology of Health in America

          Chris Murray, Institute Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

 

What Is Making Us Sick Anyway?

 

Conversation
The Ubiquity of Sweeteners
          Robert Lustig, MD

 

Panel
The Sugar Debate: Challenges and Solutions
          Laurie David, Executive Producer, FED UP

          Cindy Gershen, Chef & Owner, Sunrise Bistro & Catering

          Emily Luchetti, Chief Pastry Officer, Marlowe, Park Tavern, and Cavalier Restaurants

          Jonathan Halperin, Founder, Designing Sustainability [Moderator]

 

Presentation
Sugar in the Context of Food
          Marion Nestle, Ph.D., MPH

 

LUNCH

 

Interlude
Design Solutions from Harvard Graduate School of Design

 

Food, Disease and Disparity

 

Panel
How Can Food Help Change the Health/Equity Equation?
          Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD
          Nick Saul, President and CEO, Community Food Centres Canada
          Toni Griffin, Founder, Urban Planning for the American City

          Tracie McMillan, Journalist and Author [Moderator]

 

Interlude
The Bigger Picture – Youth Speaks Poetry

 

Towards an Ecology of Health

 

Panel
Healthy Plate/Healthy Ecosystem
          Kathleen Frith, President, Glynwood
          Jennifer Wilkins, Lecturer, Cornell University
          Derek Yach, The Vitality Institute

          Alison Aubrey, NPR [Moderator]

 

Survey
Good Housekeeping Asks American Women about Food and Health

 

Conversation
Food and Health: Opportunities and Limitations
          Mark Bittman, Author and Journalist, The New York Times

 

Interlude

Food, Health and Storytelling: The Importance of Listening When Advocating for Change

          Rita Charon, MD

 

 

DAY TWO

 

Leadership for Health

 

The JBF Leadership Awards

 

A Culture of Healthy Food

 

Conversation
Personal and Collective Responsibility
          Michael Pollan, Journalist and Author
          Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move! & Senior Policy Advisor, Nutrition Policy

 

Panel
A Prescription for Better Health

          Eliza Ng, MD
          Michel Nischan, CEO, Founder and President, Wholesome Wave
          Maritza Owens, CEO, Harvest Home Farmer's Market
          David Stevens, MD

          Kim Kessler, Policy and Special Program Director, UCLA Law [Moderator]        

 

Interlude
The Bigger Picture – Youth Speaks Poetry

 

Presentation
A Doctor’s View on Cooking Up Health
          Tim Harlan, MD

 

A Food Movement Call to Action on Health

 

Interlude
Technology, Food, and Health

 

Town Hall
What's Your Prescription for a Healthier America?

 

Closing Thoughts/Next Steps

 

Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

To view the 2013 Food Conference agenda, click here.

To view the 2012 Food Conference agenda, click here.

For queries, please contact foodconference@jamesbeard.org.