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From discovering leading research on    the nature of obesity, to learning to honor cultural food traditions with national food activist and acclaimed chef Bryant Terry,    to discussing how youth are bringing healthful food to their community while building future in business, during this summit, you will explore how Minnesota is taking the lead on issues of healthy food and healthy lives. You will celebrate these agents of change and find ways for you to increase your own personal and profes-sional potential for change through food.

Who Should Attend

Food science and production researchers
Health care professionals
Public health professionals
Environmental and natural resource professionals
Food producers
Food processors
Food co-op members
Agribusiness professionals
Community farm participants
School administrators
Concerned citizens

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available.


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Minnesota Obesity Center

University of Minnesota Center for Animal Health and Food Safety

University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition

University of Minnesota Nutrition Graduate Program


Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)

University of Minnesota Food Industry Center

University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center

University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships


Great Harvest Bread Co.

University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center


A Nutritionist Eats Blog

Above Every Name Ministries


Chocolat Celeste

Community Table Co-operatives

Crossroads Resource Center

Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers

Headscarf Society TeaLit

Kwanzaa Community Church

Mill City Farmers Market

Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Nutrition Services

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Humanities Center

Mississippi Market

Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen Blog

Northeast Farmers Market


Northside Fresh

One Dish at a Time

Project Sweetie Pie

Sustainable Farming Association

UMore Park Development LLC

We Win Institute

West Broadway Business and Area Coalition

Zion Baptist Church


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8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium
420 SE 23rd Ave., Minneapolis

7:00-8:30 p.m.
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 N. Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis

Leading the Way
8:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, System Academic Adminis-
tration, U of MN, and
MINDY S. KURZER, Ph.D., Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute,
U of MN
Click for video of Jones and Kurzer presentations

Keynote: "Priorities and Challenges for Food and Health Research: Directions of the USDA Extramural Grant Programs"
SONNY RAMASWAMY, Ph.D., Director, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
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"Dietary Cancer-Preventive Compounds"
STEPHEN HECHT, Ph.D., Wallin Professor of Cancer Prevention, U of MN Masonic Cancer Center

"Production Issues and Variability of Dietary Chemopreventive Compounds," VINCE FRITZ, Ph.D., Department of Horticultural Science, U of MN
Click for video of Hecht and Fritz presentations

 "Bee Health: Why Should We Care?"
, Ph.D., McKnight Distinguished University Professor, Department of Entomology, U of MN

"Bee Products and Human Health," LINDA HALCÓN, Ph.D., Population Health and Systems Cooperative, School of Nursing, U of MN
Click for video of Spivak and Halcón presentations

 "Current Issues in Food Safety: Bringing the Best Science to the Discussion"
MICHAEL OSTERHOLM, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), U of MN

"Is Organic Produce Unsafe? Where's the Evidence?" FRANCISCO DIEZ-GONZALEZ, Ph.D., Department of Food Science and Nutrition, U of MN
Click for video of Osterholm and Diez-Gonzalez presentations

"Why We Can't Stop Eating: Biological Drivers of Food Intake" ALLEN LEVINE, Ph.D., Director of the Minnesota Obesity Center and Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, U of MN

"How the Food Environment Contributes to Obesity" SIMONE FRENCH, Ph.D., Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, U of MN
Click for video of Levine and French presentations

Panel Discussion
Current Priorities and Future Directions in Research on Food and Health

Closing Remarks
, Ph.D., Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute,
U of MN

7:00-8:30 p.m.
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

BRYANT TERRY, M.A., is a renowned chef, food justice activist, and author of three books, including his latest, The Inspired Vegan. He is also a former fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program. He will speak about eating more healthfully while continuing to honor our traditions and cultures.

"Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege."
                                                  - Alice Waters



Photo credits
Top: Longwood Gardens. Left: Arboretum archives. Center: Tim Kenny. Right: David Tinjum, Mill City Farmers Market.



8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska

Making Your Food Better for You

Groups and practitioners engaged in community-university partnerships and other community efforts will discuss the application of best practices and research as related to food systems and health.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

"Edible Sunshine"
TIM KENNY, Director of Education, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

"Good Food: An Everyday Right - How Do We Make This Happen?"
, M.A. will present his vision and insights about bringing healthy food to people who may be left out of the food system. He will explain how food access is critical if we intend to change the ways we produce, process, and distribute healthful food. Terry will inform you about the urban agriculture movement, demon-strate a simple, inexpensive vegan dish, and tell you the story of how he became an acclaimed chef, cookbook author, and food justice advocate.

Food Production and Safety
Leading Minnesota businesses are engaged in making our food safer, more healthful, and sustainable via science and research, including:
PHIL MINERICH, M.A., Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development, Hormel Foods
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RUTH L. PETRAN, Ph.D., Corporate Scientist for Food Safety, Ecolab
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Even Your Lunch Is Based on Research!
Delicious menu created from recipes by Chef LUCIA WATSON, based on chemopreventative plants recommended by VINCE FRITZ, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, Southern Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota, and prepared by Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Chef STEVE LACEY and staff

Case Studies: Change Agents at Work

Kwanzaa Community's Body and Soul Project - JENNIFER A. LINDE, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; and Rev. ALIKA P. GALLOWAY, M.Div., Co-Pastor of Kwanzaa Community Church
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Harvesting Healthier Food Project - FARMERS'  LEGAL ACTION GROUP (FLAG): MICHELE SHERMANN, R.N., M.S., Research Fellow, Agricultural Health and Safety, University of Minnesota; ANNALISA HULTBERG, M.S., Research Fellow, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department, University of Minnesota
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Minneapolis Public Schools - Dishing Up Change - BERTRAND WEBER, Director of Nutrition, Minneapolis Public Schools
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Hope for the Future: Youth Lead the Way
A growing number of community-based initiatives are helping to bring more healthful and safe food to our communities. Youth are involved in the most energized of these efforts, including:
Appetite for Change: Community Cooks -JESSE McDANIEL and MICHELLE HOROVITZ
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Project HoneyBee - ABBY GORDON
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Growing For Good: Eat Yourself Healthy Pop-up Gardens - NiPre WILLIAMS
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Community Design Center - DESHAUN BAKER
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