Conference Agenda

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 7th annual Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference.

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The conference will take place June 4 through June 6, 2021 online using a virtual conference platform that will allow for the full conference experience including lectures, expert panels, culinary skills-building programming and small group interactions with your colleagues.

The overarching theme of this year’s conference is culture change — how do we help change attitudes about food and health amongst our patients, colleagues and policy makers.


Friday June 4, 2021

8:00 AM to 10:15 AM Pacific

Skills Building Session:  Modified Texture Demonstration

Pediatrics and The Family

Two lectures with Panel Discussion covering critical topics of the pediatric diet from a lifecycle perspective and how it integrates into family and social life.

10:40 AM Pacific – Pediatric Diet and Family Meals: Lessons From the Literature – Jaclyn Albin, MD, FAAP, FACP

11:20 AM Pacific – Pediatric Obesity and Impact on Current and Future Health – Sarah Messiah, PhD, MPH

Keynote Address

1:00 PM Pacific – Dr. Marion Nestle will kick off an important discussion around food and culture in 2020 that will include other speakers and panelists throughout the morning.


Saturday June 5, 2021

8:00 AM to 10:15 AM Pacific

Skills Building Session: Knife Skills

Food & Culture in 2020: Culture Change for Patients, Professionals and Policy

10:40 AM Pacific – Food & Culture in 2020 – Keynote Address

11:20 AM Pacific – Food & Culture in 2020 – Topic TBA

12:00 PM Pacific – Food & Culture in 2020: Food Policy in Hospital Systems
Leonard Walsh – Chief Operating Officer at St. Barnabas Hospital

1:00 PM Pacific – Food & Culture in 2020: Panel Discussion 

Leonard Walsh

Emily Broad-Leib – Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic


Sunday June 6, 2021

8:00 AM to 10:15 AM Pacific

Nutrient Density Demo and Cook Along

Health Coaching & Diabetes Prevention Program

10:40 AM Pacific – Health Coaching – Evidence From the Literature

F. Abby Cabrera, MPH –  Health coaching in clinical practice with both evidence from the literature and practical approaches for implementation in the clinic setting.

11:20 AM Pacific – Diabetes Prevention Program – History, Evidence and Implementation

Speaker TBA – A presentation detailing the effectiveness of the Diabetes Prevention Program and practical recommendations on launching programming.