Meet OLIPOP: a research-backed functional soda made with 9g of prebiotic plant fiber, botanicals, and 2-5g of sugar. OLIPOP offers the Food As Medicine community an approachable and delicious way to get patients or health plan members to replace traditional soda and sugar sweetened beverages contributing to America’s growing metabolic health issues. Currently, OLIPOP is the fastest growing functional beverage in the US and has contributed 240 million grams of fiber to the American diet.
Good Measures helps people improve their health one bite at a time through a combination of personalized nutrition technology and the human touch of our registered dietitian coaches. Our programs are designed to fit real life—in all its beautiful complexity. We support health plans, employers, and the food industry in improving health outcomes through the power of food.
Sifter SP, Inc. technology makes delivery of healthy eating programs easy by matching evidence-based dietary guidance to products that match personalized needs. Sifter’s Nutrition as a Service™ includes an API toolbox that allows retailers, CPGs and health/fitness/recipe providers to offer their customers a product discovery experience that delivers on the growing food as medicine trend.
At GenoPalate, we understand you at a genetic level and provide the DNA-based nutrition guidance you need to become your healthiest self.
Our team standardizes how health and social care providers communicate and track outcomes together. We align all stakeholders from healthcare, government, and the community around a shared goal to improve health. Our proven infrastructure provides both a person-centered care coordination platform and a hands-on community engagement process; we work hand-in-hand with communities to ensure services are seamlessly delivered to the people who need them most.
KEEN Growth Capital identifies food, beverage and wellness companies with great potential started by revolutionary-thinking, passionate entrepreneurs. We apply our trusted skill and passion to develop them into highly successful and respected companies.
Infusion of intellectual and financial capital delivers positive outcomes for stakeholders – and ultimately the consumer. Our investors benefit from outstanding returns and society is enriched by healthier products.
Bioeconomy.XYZ is a publication dedicated to making biotech and all its dynamic branches interesting and accessible. We believe that a flourishing bioeconomy will be forged by passionate people who want to build an exceptional future. We put a special emphasis on these amazing people making things happen, and we love to tell the stories.
Food and Society at the Aspen Institute brings together public health leaders, policymakers, researchers, farmers, chefs, food makers, and entrepreneurs to find practical solutions to food system challenges and inequities. Current initiatives include a definitive and widely distributed set of food worker safety guidelines in kitchens and dining rooms during Covid-19; developing a research road map for the use of food as medicine, to increase the data supporting an exciting movement to treat and prevent diet-related chronic illnesses; protecting the physical and financial health of the most vulnerable food-service workers and increasing opportunities for people of color to move into management and especially ownership positions in the food-service industry; creating a draft framework to regulate gene-edited crops and ingredients in the food supply, to ensure public trust; and finding common ground in current soda-tax initiatives to bring about meaningful health improvements. The common goal is to help people of all income levels eat better and more healthful diets—and to enjoy them bite by bite.
The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) is the largest and most diverse international association serving the entire fresh produce and floral supply chain and the only to seamlessly integrate world-facing advocacy and industry-facing support. We exist to bring the industry together to create a vibrant future for all. We grow our members’ prosperity by conducting advocacy; connecting people and ideas; and offering guidance that allows us all to take action with purpose and confidence.
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the medical professional society providing quality education and certification to those dedicated to clinical and worksite practice of lifestyle medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system.
Food as Medicine encompasses some of the fastest growing terms in healthcare and F&B, including functional foods, “Better-for-You”, culinary medicine and personalized nutrition. This Summit provides a much-needed meeting point to tackle the key business and ecosystem obstacles we need to overcome to embed Food as Medicine across both industries.
Accelerate your knowledge of everything under ‘Food as Medicine’ with an end-to-end learning experience, covering everything from consumer perception, education and behavior; key term definitions, reimbursement, funding & research; clinical trials and key evidence, multi-stakeholder partnerships, scaling Food as Medicine, routes to market for products and services and much much more.
This Summit brings together the CPGs, payers and providers, innovative food companies, researchers, investors, and nonprofits to learn together and from each other through interactive discussions, case studies and networking. This Summit offers you the chance to meet the industry experts and solution providers, the trailblazers across F&B and healthcare plus innovative newcomers in the field.
“These forums are vital. We have very big challenges to address and overcome, and I am looking forward to a robust, respectful exchange of ideas.”
“I am looking forward to participating and hearing how companies and organizations are addressing this critical topic. No one organization can act alone, but rather with our collective efforts we can start to create real change for the improvement of public health.”
“Let food be thy medicine – not a new concept but now we can identify superfoods or foods to avoid based on the molecular analysis of an individual’s body. I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on the latest science with the Food as Medicine community so we can advance this space using evidence-based science as a foundation.”
Dariush Mozaffarian is a cardiologist, Dean, and Jean Mayer Professor at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Professor of Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine. His work aims to create a food system that is nutritious, equitable, and sustainable. Dr. Mozaffarian has authored more than 450 scientific publications on dietary priorities for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, and on evidence-based policy approaches and innovations to reduce these burdens in the US and globally. He has served in numerous advisory roles, and his work has been featured in a wide array of media outlets. Thomson Reuters has named him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.
Jessica Donze Black RD, MPH has over 20 years of professional experience driving policy, systems, environmental, and clinical improvements that have a positive and sustainable impact on the health of children, families, and communities. Jessica is currently the National Vice President of Community Health for the American Heart Association where she works with communities across the country collaborating to achieve improved health and wellbeing. Prior to joining the AHA, Jessica directed the Kids Safe and Healthful Foods Project – a joint initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – where she led research, communications, and advocacy work focused on child nutrition. Jessica’s other past work includes serving as the National Director of the Healthy Schools Program for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the first Executive Director of the Campaign to End Obesity, the Director of Obesity Initiatives for the American Heart Association, the Manager of National Nutrition policy for the American Academy of Dietetics, a Health Policy Fellow for Senator Jeff Bingaman, and a Clinical Nutrition Therapist at DuPont Hospital for Children. Jessica is a dietitian with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Maryland. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and four children.
Dr. Tataranni is the global Chief Medical Officer of PepsiCo. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world, and generated more than $67 billion in net revenue in 2019, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tataranni oversees all aspects of the company’s efforts to protect its global workforce, products and communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also leads PepsiCo’s Life Sciences strategy and the R&D Fellows Program as its Executive Sponsor. Dr. Tataranni joined PepsiCo in September 2018 as the Senior Vice President of R&D Life Sciences, responsible for leading the development and execution of a nutrition and bio-sciences strategy in support of the company’s portfolio transformation and Winning with Purpose agenda.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Dr. Tataranni was Senior Vice President, Head of Global Medical Affairs, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Business Unit, in charge of medical strategy worldwide and operations for mature markets at Sanofi. Previous responsibilities within the group included the roles of Vice President Global Medical Affairs, Medical Director Europe, Vice President for the Metabolism Medical Unit in the US affiliate (2006-2008) and Medical Director for the Metabolism Franchise (2005-2006). Between 1999 and 2004 he was Head of the Obesity, Diabetes and Energy Metabolism Unit at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and Director of the Clinical Research Center at the same institution from 2000 through 2004.
Dr. Tataranni is an avid researcher who has published and lectured extensively at national and international meetings on obesity, diabetes and their cardio metabolic complications. Professional awards presented to Dr. Tataranni include the NIH Fellowship Award for Research Excellence (FARE) in 1998 and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)-Lilly Scientific Achievement Award in 2004.
Dr. Tataranni is a native of Italy. He graduated from Catholic University School of Medicine in Rome in 1990 and went on to receive a specialty diploma in Endocrinology, Metabolic Diseases and Diabetes at this University. He has authored more than 100 original manuscripts, in addition to contributing to numerous review articles and book chapters.
Dr. Karen Mancera-Cuevas is the Deputy Director of Health Promotion at the Illinois Department of Public Health. Her professional background includes previously working in academic centers emphasizing clinical, public health, and community-based participatory research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. She has also worked in local non-profit and policy level settings. Programs developed under her leadership addressed chronic disease health disparities in diverse communities of color, specifically targeting women and children at the community-level. She has Master’s level degrees in Public Administration (MS) and Health Policy (MPH) from DePaul University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Additionally, she earned her Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from Walden University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Dr. Mancera-Cuevas is Governing Councilor, Program Committee Member and Policy Reviewer for the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), a delegate to the Coalition for National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO), and Associate Editor of Progress in Community Health Partnerships Journal (PCHP).
Lauren Shweder Biel is Executive Director and co-founder of DC Greens, a nonprofit working to advance health equity by building a just and resilient food system in the nation’s capital. DC Greens runs a Produce Prescription Program in Washington, D.C. that is designed to integrate healthy food access into the healthcare system, with particular attention to Medicaid populations. Lauren sits on the Steering Committee of the National Produce Prescription Collaborative, is an Advisor to the Aspen Institute’s Food is Medicine Research Group, and was co-chair of the Food is Medicine Accelerator with the Google Food Lab.
Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi oversees the sales and marketing of clinically proven lifestyle medicine programs for Blue Shield of California’s members. Angie and her team work to drive both enrollment and engagement in the lifestyle medicine interventions under the Wellvolution brand. Angie strongly believes that lifestyle medicine can transform the current health care model by introducing clinically effective, cost effective and non-invasive lifestyle approaches into the care continuum. She, herself, has incorporated lifestyle medicine into her own life to prevent disease and live in optimal health. Angie is strategically working to forward Blue Shield of California’s philosophy that lifestyle is medicine.
Prior to joining Blue Shield in 2010, Angie worked as the Wellness Program Manager at Visa, Inc. where she created and implemented a new suite of global wellness programs for Visa employees. Part of her role at Visa was to incorporate Visa wellness programming with health plan offerings so that employees had a seamless experience. Prior to her time at Visa, Angie served as the Fitness Director at the Sports Club LA in San Francisco where she oversaw a staff of 60 trainers, nutritionists, and sports coordinators. In her role there, she also managed new member fitness programs, trainer education and direct private training sales. Angie has also worked in marketing, business planning and accounting.
Angie holds an MBA from Golden Gate University, a BS in Business from the University of California, Haas School of Business, Berkeley, and is a Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach.
Lindsey Kane MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and Habit Expert with 10+ years experience in the Food, Health, and Wellness space where she leverages nutrition research, behavioral science, consumer insights, and industry trends to create win-win opportunities that drive business results and optimize health and wellbeing.
She is currently the Director of Nutrition at Sunbasket where she oversees the development of personalized, healthy meal solutions delivered to doors nationwide and supports Strategic Wellness Partnerships as well as Food as Medicine Initiatives.
Lindsey completed her B.S in Nutritional Sciences and competed on the Women’s Division 1 Varsity Lacrosse Team at Cornell University, after which she obtained her MS in Nutritional Sciences and completed her Dietetics Program at the University at Buffalo.
Throughout her career, Lindsey has developed and launched healthy eating programs for companies such as Whole Foods Market, Zesty (acquired by Caviar/Square, followed by Doordash), and Lightwell Health, and has provided nutrition therapy services for Simplex Health (Corporate Wellness), the Wellnest (Integrative Health Center), Unite for Her (a nonprofit breast cancer organization), and her private practice, Bite for Change.
Lindsey practices a HAES-aligned, inclusive-care approach and has helped thousands of clients improve their health and happiness while managing a variety of health conditions including infertility, PCOS, diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, IBD, sports performance, and general wellbeing.
Lindsey served as a main contributor for Philly.com’s Health and Wellness Column, she has been featured on top platforms such as Shape, US News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, Eat this Not that, MindBodyGreen, Parade, and has appeared as a guest on podcasts such as “Quit Dieting for Good” and “The Path Pod”.
Lindsay Hanson is the Vice President, Head of Behavioral Insurance, Global Strategy and Delivery for Manulife and John Hancock. Lindsay is responsible for building strategic partnerships for the business to continue to expand on its new approach to life insurance that helps protect your financial future while rewarding you for taking steps to live a longer, healthier life. She leads a team that executes partnerships, collaborations, development of new initiatives to achieve growth targets and to continue to build out a world class customer experience for John Hancock Insurance customers. Lindsay is a member of the leadership team and has a strong and active working relationship with teams across Manulife/ John Hancock as well as the industry to bring this vision to life. Her passion is wellness and she is always exploring how this passion can fit into the everyday lives of our customers. Lindsay lives with her son Jack in Lakeville, MA. Her interests include spending time with her family, running and skiing in the White Mountains. Lindsay is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a BA in Business Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Dave Milani has overall responsibility for the delivery of wellness solutions that provide healthy, organic meals to individuals and their dependents in markets including employer, provider, payer, health care systems and adjacent market partners, including those focused on supporting caregivers.
Sunbasket serves entire populations with programs targeting general well-being and productivity all the way to interventive solutions for special populations. Using their proprietary platform and APIs, Sunbasket can help to tailor meal programming based on condition, diet or other parameters with an increasing base of clinical evidence showing condition-specific efficacy. Sunbasket’s wellness offerings are simple, flexible and have digital reach, but unlike competing wellness and interventive products, they actually impact the body and mind in a physical, tangible way – through food, the simplest, most impactful wellness intervention that has ever existed. Sunbasket’s wellness programs and food can also help close gaps caused by Social Determinants of Health and leaves of absence. If great, healthy, sustainable food supported by innovative technology feels like an opportunity in your wellness strategy, Sunbasket has a program to help.
Christina leads a team that is responsible for providing scientific substantiation for the development of functional health products and provides regulatory guidance for messaging and claims. During her tenure, Christina has successfully obtained the first qualified health claim for a food (cranberry) to help reduce an acute infection, and novel food and GRAS applications. Christina also provides leadership for the emerging science team, where she has spearheaded several projects with startup companies, evaluating technologies from farm to fork to help accelerate innovation and sustainability initiatives in support of our vision of Food As Medicine. As an influencer, she has taken on roles in cross sector scientific initiatives. She is Chair of the IAFNS Bioactives committee and Vice Chair of the Cognitive Health working group. She serves as Treasurer of the National Berry Crops Alliance board and Vice Chair of the Juice Products Assn Board and is a member of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Food Forum. Christina participates actively in the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Food Innovation Institute as the co-chair of the Food as Medicine working group.
Mette Dyhrberg is a digital health innovator committed to improving the quality of life for those with chronic disease. She is the founder and CEO of Mymee, a digital program that is rethinking autoimmunity. The Mymee protocol eases the symptoms of autoimmune disease through data analytics and health coaching. As an authority on autoimmune issues, Mette is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences such as Stanford Medicine X and Exponential Medicine.
Mette holds MS in economics and is a certified health coach. An economist turned diagnostician, she’s the Sherlock Holmes of anamnestic data. She first entered the functional medicine arena in an attempt to tackle her own chronic health issues. In her early twenties, she became severely ill. For years, Mette battled an ever-expanding array of medical diagnoses ending up with six different autoimmune diseases simultaneously. Mette took matters into her own hands, hacked her own health and in doing so, she created a tool that solved her health problems and soon began helping others do the same.
Dr. Brisbois is the Director of the Advanced Personalization Ideation (API) Center for PepsiCo Life Sciences in Global R&D in New York. The API center functions similar to a start-up company, with the mantra of “learn first, scale second.” Its mission is to deliver actionable and eventually profitable personalized nutrition solutions to improve the health and wellness of our consumers. This includes developing internal capabilities as well as identifying and forming key partnerships with leading academic institutions and external vendors. Prior to working for PepsiCo (September 2013), Tristin was the Manager of Nutrition and Scientific Affairs at a trade association (2010-2013), where she led the Institute’s scientific affairs and nutrition communications program. Tristin completed her PhD and BSc (Nutrition and Food Science) at the University Alberta in Western Canada, also where she grew up. Her PhD investigated food intake behaviour in cancer with a focus on appetite stimulation and improvement of taste and smell perception using marijuana therapy. She studied appetite and reward related pathways in healthy and disease populations, and explored mechanisms which may cause a surfeit (obesity) or deficit (cancer) of calories. Tristin also recently completed her Master’s in Business and Science (MBS) in Global Food Technology and Innovation at Rutgers University.
With over 20 years of experience living at the intersection of wellness and health care, Brian Schroeder founded Preventia Group in 2017 – and serves as Chief Executive Officer. He is also the President of the National Wellness Institute and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Wellness Council of Indiana and Jump IN for Healthy Kids. Brian received his Master’s degree from Indiana University and is a lean six sigma black belt with expertise in building business strategies around prevention, population health, coaching, lifestyle medicine and nutrition. Additionally, Brian serves as a business advisor to Ares Elite Sports Vision – a local Indianapolis start-up, and is an active leader and member of tech start-up and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Indianapolis.
Stacey is a Registered Dietitian with significant experience in wellness marketing and communications from global CPGs to start-ups; previously supporting billion-dollar global food brands, novel nutrition ingredients and everything in between. She is a recognized national leader in the nutrition and wellness space – and advances that work by serving as the Secretary of the Board of Directors at the National Wellness Institute. In her current role, she is the Vice President of Marketing and Operations at Preventia where she develops and leads provider network recruitment and management efforts, drives client success, and spearheads Preventia marketing and communications. Stacey has a Master of Science degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Tennessee, which provides her with a foundation in population wellness and drives her passion for mission-driven branding and social causes.. Grounded in Farm-to-Fork issues as a 5th generation farmer, she also is a passionate believer that food is more than simply nutrients – it is also the compilation of our celebrations, memories, and culture.
Named Forbes 30 under 30 and BBC’s 100 Most Inspiring Women, Betsy has over a decade of experience as an inventor, product founder and CEO. Betsy serves on the Tufts School of Nutrition and Policy Innovation Council and her company, Tiny Organics, has been chosen by Michelle Obama’s Partnerships for a Healthier America for their baby food initiative to support veggie-forward early palate development across the nation. In addition to her efforts to propel food equity, she was also chosen by the Obama administration to serve as an entrepreneurial ambassador for the US Embassy to other countries. Betsy enjoys building great brands and has invented over 100 products and counting. She is a keynote speaker and has spoken at Google, CES, World Economic Forum, National Retail Federation, Food is Medicine Global Summit and served as a Judge at the MIT Startup Competition. She is the first Native American woman in history to raise a Series A for her company (over $15M to date).
Prior to co-founding Tiny Organics, Betsy is the founder of pet wearables brand WonderWoof. WonderWoof made Oprah’s Favorite Things list and launched at Story, Bloomingdales, Harrods, Colette, Best Buy, Urban Outfitters and every Petco in the US on end cap giving it the best retail traction of any pet wearable to date. Her products have been featured in Vogue, Forbes, Wired, Good Housekeeping, INC, Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, among others. Prior to founding WonderWoof, Betsy built Mind Candy in London alongside founder Michael Acton Smith (Calm). In her time there, Moshi Monsters reached over 100M registered users online and became the top selling toy brand in the UK. Betsy began her career inventing toys for Mattel, Hasbro and Spinmaster, developing product lines for Polly Pocket, WWE, UNO and Star Wars.
A true builder at heart, Betsy is an Industrial Designer by trade and builds from her own passions, struggles and dreams. Her “Why” for co-founding Tiny was from growing up on a sugar roller coaster and since “re-engineering” her body about 15 years ago to be vegetarian. Through Tiny, Betsy is giving her son a healthier lease on life by preferring vegetables from the earliest days. Tiny’s recipes are over 80% veggies only, so she along with her team are seeking to expand the palates of a generation to prefer whole, real, rich and savory foods to last a lifetime from the very first bites.
Taylor Newman, PhD, RDN, LD strives towards a world where everyone has access to adequate, nutritious foods. Taylor’s doctoral research at the University of Georgia focused on produce prescription programs across the U.S. She now helps people nationwide live healthier lives as a Nutrition Program Development Manager with the Kroger Co., where she serves as a subject matter expert for Kroger’s Food as Medicine strategy.
Christine is the Director of the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative.
Christine has built, scaled, and led operations within a variety of healthcare systems and settings. Prior to joining the TKC in 2020, Christine ran operations and implementation teams within the digital health industry, focusing on employee wellbeing, incentivisation of health engagement, and user outcomes.
Previously, she managed the COPE Project in Navajo Nation, focused on community health representative training, chronic disease management and prevention, healthcare team and systems alignment, and innovating on solutions for healthy food access. Her particular focus on improving systems towards equity and justice was sparked by her career start at the global health organization Partners In Health.
Christine holds an MBA and MPH from the Haas School of Business and UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where she focused on health and food systems innovation. She lives in Oakland, California.
Amy Yaroch, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN). She also holds a Special Dean’s appointment as Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, as well as an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Yaroch has over 20 years of experience in leading implementation of public health nutrition programs and evaluation efforts. Prior to joining GSCN, Dr. Yaroch was a Program Director and Behavioral Scientist at the National Cancer Institute where she worked across the areas of nutrition, dietary assessment, survey development, obesity prevention, and skin cancer prevention. Since joining GSCN in 2009, Dr. Yaroch has been leading efforts in childhood obesity prevention, food insecurity, food systems, and program and process evaluation. She is currently the Project Director on a 4-year cooperative agreement with USDA NIFA to lead the GusNIP National Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information Center (NTAE). Dr. Yaroch has authored more than 170 papers, four book chapters, and has been awarded grants and contracts from federal and non-federal sources across a broad range of areas.
Emily Hochman is the Founder and CEO of Wellory. Rated as the “Best App for Non-Calorie Counters,” Wellory is the anti-diet nutrition app that helps you get healthier through daily 1-on-1 nutrition coaching with a real human – not a robot – for a fraction of the cost. Download the app, available on iOS and Android, to access Wellory’s network of over 1,350 nutritionists, coaches, and dietitians and start getting the support you need to hit your h health goals for good.
Hochman has been featured in Business Insider, Thrive Global, Well+Good, named Bucknell University’s 13 Under 35, Most Inspirational Female Entrepreneur by Influential Businesswomen Awards and Forbes 30 Under 30.
Samantha Pillion is a Digital Product Manager for Anthem’s Clinical Innovation group, a team that drives innovative digital pilot programs. She is a founding member of Anthem’s Integrative Medicine Working Group, which brings together like-minded individuals across the enterprise to advance the accessibility of holistic and integrative medicine.
Mollie Van Lieu currently serves as Vice President of Nutrition and Health for the International Fresh Produce Association – the largest and most diverse association serving the fresh produce supply chain. Her work centers on increasing access and consumption of fruits and vegetables and improving overall dietary quality through effective public policy. Prior to her work in the fresh produce industry, Mollie spent time on nutrition, health and education policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National PTA, and on Capitol Hill.
Lauren M. Scott is Chief Strategy Officer of the International Fresh Produce Association, the largest and most diverse trade association serving the entire fresh produce and floral supply chain. A believer in continuous education and development, Lauren held a variety of leadership roles at PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Diageo. Lauren’s civic passions include combating food insecurities and perpetuating arts and culture.
Elizabeth is the Manager for Culinary Medicine at Spectrum Health, part of the broader Lifestyle Medicine Specialty Practice. Elizabeth oversees the programming for a variety of audiences from the underserved population, medical residents, patients, corporate employees, and community members. She is a speaker at various corporate and community events and if you tune in at the right time, you might catch her on TV, demonstrating how to make mouthwatering dishes. Elizabeth has a strong passion for teaching people ways to cook dishes that are healthful, affordable, beautiful and delicious. She has traveled the world and brings those unique flavors back to Grand Rapids. Elizabeth received her B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and her Culinary Arts degree and Personal Chef Certificate from Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Elizabeth lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Kelly is trained in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Medicine, Epidemiology and Information Technology (IT). He completed studies at Loma Linda University in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine and has done funded research in Lifestyle Medicine, was founding President of ACLM, co-author of the Board Review Course in LM, and founding Chair for the Expert LM Panel. He received the AMA excellence in medicine award in 2004 for his work in establishing the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He practices and teaches LM using a residential CHIP program in Pullman, Michigan where he serves as President for Oak Haven Country Life Natural Foods and Medical Director for the Oak Haven LM Training Center. Dr. Kelly has established a lifestyle medicine fellowship program, and serves as adjunct faculty at two medical schools.
As the Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), Susan is helping to lead the effort to transform health and redefine health care, not only in the United States, but around the world through her work with the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance. Under Susan’s leadership, ACLM is now recognized as the nation’s fastest growing medical professional association, having experienced over 700% growth in membership and over 800% growth in revenue in the past five years alone. Her work has spanned the gamut, from running political campaigns to serving in executive, senior management and consultant roles for organizations ranging from professional sports and media to healthcare technology and worksite health promotion. A writer and international speaker, Susan serves (or has served) on the boards of directors for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine; True Health Initiative; The Plantrician Project, which she co-founded; T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies; Shape Up US; Athletes International Ministries; and the AZ Chapter of the American Heart Association. She served as state youth chair of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Heart Association and chair of the March of Dimes Teen Action Program. For her dedication to community service, Susan was recognized as an Outstanding West Virginian by Governor John D. Rockefeller and as the youngest Kentucky Colonel in state history by Governor John Y. Brown. In 2019, she was honored to receive ACLM’s inaugural President’s Award. Her life’s motto: Fearlessly, faithfully moving forward, leaving no stone unturned.
Kayli Anderson, MS, RDN is Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine and certified as an Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also trained in Natural Foods Cooking, Intuitive Eating, and functional and integrative medicine. Kayli serves as Lead Faculty for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Food As Medicine CME course and serves as Subject Matter Expert for many of ACLM’s other CME course offerings. She is Past Chair of ACLM’s Registered Dietitian Member Interest Group and Secretary of the Women’s Health Member Interest Group. She is the author of the Plant-Based Nutrition Quick Start Guide and has co-authored two lifestyle medicine textbooks including the first one on women’s health. In addition to her contributions at ACLM, Kayli has worked with organizations like Blue Zones, Engine 2, the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), Full Plate Living, and the Plantrician Project to develop nutrition content, recipes, and educational programs for both clinicians and consumers that lead to lasting behavior change. She also serves as a Medical Review for Everyday Health, a leading consumer health site. Kayli has worked with folks from all walks of life, but she currently specializes in nutrition therapy and lifestyle medicine for women. She’s the founder of the new site Plant-Based Mavens, a hub for women to get evidence-based, practical, and woman-centered guidance. Kayli lives in Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband.
Corby Kummer is executive director of Food & Society at the Aspen Institute, a senior lecturer at
the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science, and a senior editor of The Atlantic. In recent
years, Food and Society launched new initiatives that include Safety First, Food is Medicine, and
Conversations on Food Justice. Corby is the author of The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of
Slow Food, the first book in English on the Slow Food movement, and has been restaurant critic
of New York, Boston, and Atlanta Magazines and food and food policy columnist for The New
Republic. Every week he is a featured commentator on food and food policy on WGBH’s Boston
Public Radio. He has received six James Beard Journalism Awards.
Kristin Reimers, PhD, RDN, is Director of Nutrition and Health at Conagra Brands, where she leads the Nutrition team to execute the enterprise’s nutrition strategy that promotes sustainable nutrition, drives nutrition-focused food design, enables health attribute communication, and collaborates to improve access to healthier foods. During her time at Conagra, Dr. Reimers’ has led numerous clinical nutrition research and communication initiatives, all aimed at enabling consumers to lead healthier lives with convenient, healthy foods. Prior to joining Conagra, Dr. Reimers was Director of Programs at The Center for Human Nutrition, Omaha, NE, where she conducted nutrition research and developed programs in the areas of obesity, aging, hydration, and sports nutrition. Dr. Reimers’ publications include over 50 chapters, abstracts, continuing education units and journal articles. She holds professional memberships in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Nutrition and is a member of the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition (IAFNS). An Iowa native and long-time Nebraska resident, she received her B.S. degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her masters and doctoral degrees in human nutrition from the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Karlsen serves as Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Economic Research Consortium for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Lifestyle Medicine Institute, as a member of the Lifestyle Medicine Expert Panel, and as co-investigator on the Adhering to Dietary Approaches for Personal Taste (ADAPT) Study from Tufts University. She is Adjunct Faculty for the University of New England Master’ Programs in Applied Nutrition and Global Public Health. Dr. Karlsen is the author of A Plant-Based Life and a contributor to the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. She created and maintains PlantBasedResearch.org, an online library of original, peer-reviewed research studies relevant to plant-based nutrition, as well as SustainableDiet.com, a 3-month transition program for supporting successful and permanent transitions to plant-based diets. Her expertise is in dietary patterns, plant-based nutrition and nutritional adequacy, and predictors of successful behavior change. She holds a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Masters degree in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She lives near Ithaca, NY with her husband and daughter.
Sue Weldon is the CEO and Founder of Unite for HER.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39, it was her children she thought of first. She wanted to be there to raise them, to see them grow up, and to be strong for them. After surgery and chemotherapy treatments were complete, she was told that she was cancer-free. Despite this wonderful news, she hardly recognized the depleted woman she saw in the mirror. Determined to regain some control of her health, Sue discovered that an abundance of research had shown that integrating complementary therapy could significantly improve patient well-being during treatment and beyond. She began incorporating acupuncture, massage, yoga, exercise, and nutrition into her recovery plan, and experienced significant reduction in pain, an increase in her energy, and improvement in her overall wellness. Sue recognized that very few breast cancer patients in active treatment and/or recovery have both the time and the energy to do the research, and the financial means to commit to the treatments. Fueled by the powerful impact that complementary therapies had on her, in 2009, Sue founded Unite for HER.
Unite for HER’s mission is to bridge this gap between the medical and wellness communities, and bring complementary therapies to all breast cancer patients, regardless of income. In just over 12 years, what started as a small program at Paoli Hospital, has grown expanded with partnerships with over 30 hospital partnerships that has served more than 10,000 breast and ovarian cancer patients in the Philadelphia, NJ and DE regions.
During the Covid 19 challenges in 2020, her and her team were unwavering in their commitment to serve, shifting the hands-on integrative program to the safety of patients homes, innovating a virtual, empowering experience, leaving no one behind who was newly diagnosed and in need.
As of May 2021, UNITE for HER can serve anywhere in the nation, and we are expanding services throughout the country.
Sue is a respected leader in the community and an effective proponent of integrating traditional and holistic modalities to provide a comprehensive plan to treat the whole woman.
Sue is a guest speaker at various events throughout the area, inspiring both men and women with her compelling survivorship story, how she built a national non-profit, and educating many on the power of integrative care and therapies.
Sue has received numerous awards for her impact on the breast cancer community. She was named a Top 23 Power Women Local Game Changers by Main Line Today in 2013, and one of the Top 20 Philanthropists Who Care in Main Line Today in April 2016. She had the honor of being named the 2016 Health Hero by Philadelphia magazine for her work as a wellness advocate. Sue was named one of three 2018 Distinguished Alumni at West Chester University and named honoree of the 2020 March of Dimes Salute to Women of Achievement. She and Unite for HER has also been featured in several NBC News segments serving the Greater Philadelphia, NJ, and DE Region. In 2021. And just recently on October 19th, Sue has been named a winner for the National C2 Awards, Catalyst of Care Award.Sue and her husband Chip have three grown children and reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Maria has been a dietitian with Beyond Hunger since 2010. She co-leads a nutrition education program and is a preceptor to dietetic interns completing their community nutrition rotation. Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Medical Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also completed her dietetic internship. Maria loves learning new recipes and enjoys attending international culinary tours with the Food and Culinary Professionals of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has cooked in Bologna, Parma, Rome and Sardinia, as well as London and Paris. She believes learning how to cook empowers families to eat better and cook together!
Erin Pellegrin RD, LDN is Unite for HER’s Senior Nutrition Manager. She joined as a full-time staff member in 2018 after working part-time with them as a contributing dietitian for 5 years. As part of the Culinary Nutrition Team, she shares their mission and philosophy at their virtual wellness conferences and provides education via a variety of offerings. Her work includes nutrition counseling during treatment, side effect management, education about healthy eating and grocery shopping, and virtual cooking classes. She also contributes to the Unite for HER blog and provides content for their various social media outlets.
Prior to joining Unite for HER, Erin worked as a clinical dietitian at a Philadelphia Hospital where she focused primarily on the inpatient and outpatient oncology population. She received her nutrition degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She currently lives in Center City, Philadelphia with her partner, Jason, and their dog, Kiki.
Andrew Parkinson co-founded Sifter with his brother Thomas to follow their passion of making healthy eating easy for everyone. Motivated by their own struggle to find diet-specific foods, Andrew and Thomas created a technology platform built on accurate product data, nutrition algorithms, and dynamic shopper-oriented applications. Using Sifter’s flexible API toolbox, businesses pursuing a “food as medicine” strategy can build, scale and monitor their own dietary shopping tools for customers and patients. Sifter realizes Andrew’s dream of building a much-needed digital bridge between healthy eating goals and personalized grocery shopping: Nutrition as a Service™.
Prior to Sifter, Andrew co-founded Peapod, the first online grocer, in 1989 (sold to Ahold- Delhaize in 2002), and ItemMaster, a product data and dietary attribution platform, in 2013 (sold to Syndigo in 2019). Before becoming an entrepreneur, Andrew spent eight years in marketing and management positions at Procter & Gamble and Kraft, Inc. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a B.A. in Economics and a concentration in Econometrics.
As a registered dietitian, Caroline is dedicated to helping people feel their best through good food. She works to create tools and environments that promote healthy living. Before joining Good Measures, Caroline worked in customer experience strategy at Forrester Research and web analytics at the online advertising agency, Digitas. Her time with The Full Yield included collaborating with pioneers in the food-based wellness space.
Caroline holds a BA from Brown University and a Master’s degree in nutrition science and communication from The Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She completed her training in nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A Rhode Island native, Caroline resides in Cambridge, MA with her husband and three children. You’ll often find her running along the Charles River or cooking delicious food for anyone with an appetite.
Sherry Frey brings more than two decades of industry experience to her role as Vice President, Total Wellness at NielsenIQ. With a background in market research, innovation and consulting, she has elevated clients across the fresh, CPG and wellness industries, providing forward-thinking insights, combined with practical strategies. In addition to leading NielsenIQ’s Total Wellness team and industry engagement, Sherry has been a featured speaker at many national and international industry events, and is often sought as a media and analyst resource on topics related to consumer health, wellness and environmental issues. Sherry’s view of health and wellness spans beyond personal health and wellness, encompassing how we collectively think about the health of the planet.
With more than 30 years of experience in food and wellness, Jonathan has a
track record for building businesses that make a difference. These include the
first course in culinary nutrition and a nutritional restaurant at The Culinary
Institute of America, development work on nutritionally-focused Seasons 52 at
Darden Restaurants, numerous farm-to-table food ventures, and most
recently co-founding Keen Growth Capital, an Impact Fund investing in Food
as Medicine, Functional Foods and related technologies.
As co-founder and CEO at Advanced Micronutrition, he and the team provide
evidence-based chronic disease solutions affecting over 100 million
Americans – Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Health. Keen’s commitment to Full
Circle Impact™, furthers the fund’s mission by providing support for emerging
food entrepreneurs, food technologies and the food insecure by donating 5%
of fund profits to related not-for-profit entities.
Jonathan graduated from New College of Florida and has earned Masters’
degrees from Cornell University and the New York University Stern School of
The Food as Medicine Summit is designed to bring together the stakeholders of the Food as Medicine sector, to advance conversations, drive commercialization, foster collaborations, share advances and ultimately improve the health of the population.
Food as Medicine is simultaneously one of the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities faced by the healthcare and F&B industries in modern times. However, awareness, acceptance and action are still dramatically holding back our ability to truly embed Food as Medicine in the food and health systems on a national and global level.
The Food as Medicine Summit: Chicago is an opportunity for the key stakeholders from these industries to tackle this vitally important topic as one. Addressing the key business and ecosystem obstacles such as definitions, partnerships, reimbursement, funding, consumer behavior and education and routes to market, this meeting will bring together the leading CPGs, payers and providers from across the US, plus innovative food companies, researchers, investors, and community-based organizations to learn together and from each other.
Catalyzing the crucial conversations that will accelerate Food as Medicine into the mainstream for F&B and healthcare, we’re here to help you cut through the noise and learn facts, opinions and solutions from the sources that matter.
For those of you attending in-person, we will be coming together at Morgan’s on Fulton, 952 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607. Working with the venue and following the guidelines from local and national authorities, we have developed robust COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
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