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.




Registration and Reception


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


What Is Health?
          Zeke Emanuel, MD


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?


The Ubiquity of Sweeteners
          Robert Lustig, MD


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]


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




Design Solutions from Harvard Graduate School of Design


Food, Disease and Disparity


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]


The Bigger Picture – Youth Speaks Poetry


Towards an Ecology of Health


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

          Alison Aubrey, NPR [Moderator]


Good Housekeeping Asks American Women about Food and Health


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



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

          Rita Charon, MD





Leadership for Health


The JBF Leadership Awards


A Culture of Healthy Food


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


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]        


The Bigger Picture – Youth Speaks Poetry


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


A Food Movement Call to Action on Health


Technology, Food, and Health


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


Closing Thoughts/Next Steps








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.