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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
730 3rd Ave.
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 #2, NYC

Hosted by the Natural Gourmet Institute.


Day 1


What is Health?


9:00 A.M.

Images of Health: Media Messaging on Food, Health, and Wellness


9:05 A.M.

The Journey to Today: Curating a Dialogue on Health
          Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, The James Beard Foundation


9:12 A.M.

Keynote: Understanding the Relationship Between Food and Health

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, Chair, Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department, University of Pennsylvania, Former Senior Health Policy Advisor on Health Care for The White House


9:30 A.M.

Community Exchange: The Healthiest You       

            Joseph McIntyre, Founder, Ag Innovations Network (Facilitator)


9:45 A.M.

Community Exchange: Defining Health


9:55 A.M.

            Susan Ungaro, President, The James Beard Foundation


10:05 A.M.

Today’s Roadmap: Lenses on Health
            Karen Karp, President, Karp Resources


10:10 A.M.

Trends and Snapshots: The Epidemiology of Health
            Chris Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation


10:23 A.M.

Voices in Leadership
            Karen Washington, NYC Community Garden Coalition





11:00 A.M.

Community Exchange: Health Trends in your Community


What's Making Us Sick Anyway?
Lens One: The Ubiquity of Sweeteners


11:10 A.M.

Session Introduction

Jonathan Halperin, Founder, Designing Sustainability 


11:17 A.M.

Sugar and Health: What is the Connection? - A Dialogue

Robert Lustig, MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, University of California – San Francisco, and Author
Jonathan Halperin 


11:30 A.M.

Clips from the film Fed Up


11:32 A.M.

Taming Sugar: Solutions and Challenges
            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 (Moderator)


12:00 P.M.

The Sweet Truth – A Dialogue

Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University
Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic, and Food Salon Coordinator, the Aspen Institute


12:15 P.M.

Community Exchange: Reactions and Questions


12:30 P.M.

What's on the Menu?


12:35 P.M.



What's Making Us Sick Anyway?
Lens Two: Disease & Disparity


1:35 P.M.

Youth Voices: The Bigger Picture Campaign
            Sarah Fine, Director, The Bigger Picture

            Joshua Merchant, Bigger Picture Poet


1:50 P.M.

Voices in Leadership
            Navina Khanna, Fellow, Movement Strategy Center


2:00 P.M.

Food, Health & Place: Why Equity Matters

Toni Griffin, Founder, Urban Planning for the American City
Nick Saul, President and CEO, Community Food Centres Canada
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, and Professor of Clinical, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
Tracie McMillan, Journalist and Author (Moderator)


2:40 P.M.

Community Exchange: How Can We Change the Health/Equity Equation?


2:50 P.M.

Women’s Voices: What Good Housekeeping Readers Are Saying About Health
            Miriam Arond, Director, Good Housekeeping Research Institute


3:00 P.M.


What's Making Us Sick Anway?
Lens Three: Toward An Ecology of Health


3:30 P.M.

Voices in Leadership
            Ben Burkett, President, National Family Farmer Coalition


3:40 P.M.

Session Introduction

            Allison Aubrey, NPR 


3:45 P.M.

A Fruitful Journey: Moving from Monocultures to Diversities
           Kathleen Frith, President, Glynwood
           Jennifer Wilkins, Daina E. Falk Professor of Practice, Syracuse University

           Derek Yach, Executive Director, The Vitality Institute

           Allison Aubrey (Moderator)


4:20 P.M.

Community Exchange: What Does a Healthier Plate Look Like to You?    




4:35 P.M.

Eating Ourselves Sick – A Dialogue    
            Mark Bittman, Author and Journalist, The New York Times
            Mitchell Davis


4:50 P.M.

Stories & Wellness: Storytelling, Health, and a Way Forward
          Rita Charon, MD, Founder and Director, Center for Narrative Medicine, Columbia University


Day 2


Leadership for Health


9:00 A.M.

Voices in Leadership: Highlights from the 2014 Leadership Awards Ceremony
            Mary Sue Milliken, Chef and Co-Owner, Border Grill


9:10 A.M.

Helping Ourselves, Helping Others: Personal and Collective Responsibiltiy – A Dialogue

Michael Pollan, Writer/Journalist and Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, the White House
Jane Black, Journalist (Moderator)


9:30 A.M.

Community Exchange: Leadership Questions, Answers, and Conundrums


9:40 A.M.

Designing Solutions: Harvard Graduate School of Design
             Christy Cheng, Principal, cy-ce, and Design Critic, Harvard Graduate School of Design
             Shohei Shigematsu, Partner, Director of OMA New York and Design Critic, Harvard Graduate School of


A Better Prescription for Health


9:47 A.M.

Beyond Hospital Meals: Food and Healthcare Collaborations
            Eliza Ng, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Emblem Health
            Michel Nischan, CEO, Founder and President, Wholesome Wave
            Maritza Owens, CEO, Harvest Home Farmer’s Market
            David Stevens, MD, Chief of Ambulatory Care, Kings County Hospital Center;     Associate Professor of
            Medicine, New York University School of Medicine
            Kim Kessler, Policy and Special Programs Director, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy,
            UCLA School of Law (Moderator)


10:30 A.M.

A Different Prescription: Patient and Practitioner Perspectives on Fruit and Vegetable Rx


10:35 A.M.



11:05 A.M.

Youth Voices: The Bigger Picture Campaign

            José Vadi, National Digital Programs Director, The Bigger Picture


11:10 A.M.

A Doctor’s Perspective on Food & Health: Data, Evidence, Experience

Tim Harlan, MD, Assistant Dean for Clinical Services at Tulane University School of Medicine, Executive Director, The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University


11:20 A.M.

Allies for Health: Doctors and Chefs – A Dialogue
            Tim Harlan
            Seamus Mullen, Chef/Owner, Tertulia, and Author, Hero Food
            Kim Kessler (Moderator) 


Toward a Healthier America


11:30 A.M.

Rx for the Future: New Work Bridging Cuisine, Cooking, and Health

America Cooks with Chefs, a joint program with the Clinton Foundation, Good Housekeeping, and the James Beard Foundation
Food Tank + JBF: The Good Food Directory
USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015


11:40 A.M.

Community Exchange: Our Prescription Plan


12:20 P.M.

What's on the Menu?


12:25 P.M.

Closing Thoughts and Next Steps

              Susan Ungaro


12:30 P.M.








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