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Click here for a downloadable packet of conference agenda, presenter bios, and presentation abstracts.


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BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota
Carver-Scott Statewide Health
    Improvement Program
Life Science Alley
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable
Minnesota Obesity Center
National Center for Food Protection
    and Defense
The Food Industry Center
University of Minnesota College of
    Food, Agricultural and Natural
    Resource Sciences
University of Minnesota Department of
    Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota Extension
University of Minnesota Masonic
    Cancer Center
University of Minnesota Nutrition
    Graduate Program
University of Minnesota Obesity
    Prevention Center

Center for Spirituality and Healing


Grains for Health Foundation
Lynne Rossetto Kasper - The Splendid
Preston Chiropractic - Dr. Rhys Preston
University of Minnesota Office of the
    Senior Vice President for System
    Academic Administration
University of Minnesota Regional
    Sustainable Development Partnerships
University of Minnesota School of
    Public Health




Thursday, September 30
Plant Foods for Human Health

Video link: Welcome and Introductions  
Mindy Kurzer, Ph.D. - Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, U of Minnesota
Robert J. Jones, Ph.D. - Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration, U of Minnesota

Video link: Introduction of Session 1: Plant Foods & Bioactive Compounds for the Improvement of Human Health
Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., R.N. - Director, Center for Spirituality and Healing, U of Minnesota 

Video link: Bioactive Compounds and Dietary Supplements  
Paul M Coates, Ph.D.  - NIH, Office of Dietary Supplements

Video link: An Onion a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?  
irwin Goldman, Ph.D. - U of Wisconsin

Video link: How do we best use this information to increase consumption of plant foods for human health? 
Panel Discussion with Morning Presenters (Coates, Goldman, Jenkins, Levine, Kreitzer)

Video link: Introduction of Session 2: Public Policy Issues Related to Increasing Plant Foods in the U.S Diet  
Melissa N. Laska, Ph.D. - U of Minnesota

Video link: Food Consumption Trends and the Economic and Policy Issues that Have Driven Them  
Helen Jensen, Ph.D. - Iowa State University

Video link: Plant-food Safety Issues 
Mike Doyle, Ph.D. - U of Georgia

Video link: Communication Matters: Rethinking Nutrition & Scientific Messaging from a Journalist's Perspective 
Mark Bittman, author, columnist - The New York Times

Video link: How do we best use this information to increase consumption of plant foods for human health? 
Panel Discussion with Afternoon Presenters (Jensen, Doyle, Bittman & Laska)





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Butternut Squash Luncheon Recipe
    By Brenda Langton - Spoonriver
    Click here to download the recipe.

This recipe is featured in The Cafe Brenda Cookbook, now available online. Or, look for it in the Gift Store next time you visit the Arboretum (Double-Discount Days for members: Nov. 26-Dec. 5. Learn more about membership!)


Friday, October 1

Pack Your Menu with 
Powerhouse Plants

The Healthy Handful

Carolyn Denton, MA, LN, Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Making a Change for the Good, One Group at a Time: Group Homes and Residential Facilities
Dr. Jean Larson, Center for Therapeutic Horticulture, MLA; Center for Spirituality and Healing, U-MN
Toni O'Brien, Community Life Director, Dakota Communities

Food Fight! Or...How Even Kids Learn to Love Healthful Foods: School Lunch Programs
Jean Ronnei, St. Paul Public Schools

The Bottom Line: How Health Care Employees Are Getting Healthier
Carole Halverson, Ridgeview Medical Center

Not Your Typical Community Pot Luck: Community Center as Food Educator
Lucy Littlewolf Arias, Little Earth of United Tribes

The Corporate Kitchen: Making Big Feel Personal
Kent Buell, Bon Appétit Management Company