Summit Builds Understanding of the Impact of Food on Population Health

The Cook County Department of Public Health, in collaboration with Loyola University and the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, convened the “2016 Change Institute: A Food Summit” on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2016, at the Loyola University Center for Translational Research in Maywood, Ill. To download the event program book, click here. Videotaped conference presentations are below.

The food summit brought together public health professionals, leaders in faith- and community-based organizations, and community members to build understanding of the significant role of food in preventing, developing, and resolving chronic diseases, as well as the ways that nutrition can support the health and well-being of communities.

In addition to learning from panels of local experts who are building knowledge of and access to healthy food in their communities, participants heard from:

  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Jacob Golid Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry and co-author of best sellers The China Study and Whole;
  • Dr. Michael Greger, Public Health Director at The Humans Society of the United States, author of the New York Times Best Seller How Not To Die, and founder of the website NutritionFacts.org;
  • Dr. Liz Lipski, Director of Academic Development/Nutrition Programs at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and author of several books, includingDigestive Wellness and Leaky Gut Syndrome.
  • Dr. Terry Mason, Chief Operating Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health, leader in plant-based nutrition, lifestyle and healthcare, and host of the popliar radio show, “The Doctor in the House” on WVON 1690AM;
  • Dr. Baxter Montgomery, Founder of Houston Cardiac Association and the Montgomery Heart & Wellness Center, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas and a Fellow of The American College of Cardiology;
  • Dr. Richard Oppenlander, sustainability consultant, author of Food Choice and Sustainability, and founder and president of the non-profit organization, “Inspire Awareness Now.”

Evaluations indicated strong participant satisfaction with the Summit, with respondents saying that their knowledge of the impact of food on chronic disease and nutrition science increased, and that the Summit helped them to identify actions that they can implement in their work. The next Food Summit is scheduled for September 29-30, 2017.

Food Summit Videos

Opening remarks

Speaker: Dr. Terry Mason and Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan

Uprooting the leading causes of death: How not to die

Speaker: Dr. Michael Greger

Food choice and sustainability: Tipping point realities

Speaker: Dr. Richard Oppenlander

A new paradigm rooted in food and community

Speaker: Nelson Campbell, MA

Food is information: Change what you eat to change the way you feel

Speaker: Dr. Liz Lipski

Food as medicine

Speakers: Kathy Chan BA, Aimee Ramirez MS, Dan Lesser JD

The food prescription for cardiovascular disease

Speaker: Dr. Baxter Montgomery

Healthy Hotspot: Changing the environment to make healthy eating easier

Speakers: Gina Massuda-Barnett MPH, Dr. Adam Becker, Dr. Lena Hatchett and Dr. Connie Spreen

Food and holistic living

Speaker: Dr. Amaal Tokars

Nutrition must be taught in medical schools

Speaker: Dr. T. Colin Campbell

Parents united to provide healthy food options in their community

Speakers: Mercedes Hernandez, Patricia Giron, Gabriel Lara

Closing remarks

Speaker: Dr. Terry Mason