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2019 Food Summit

Summit Explores the Power of Plant-based Eating

Cook County Department of Public Health, Cook County Health, and Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division, held the 2019 Food Summit on October 4-5, 2019 at Loyola University Chicago, located at 2160 S. 1st Avenue in Maywood, Illinois. The 2019 Food Summit focused on the power of plant-based eating. During the Summit, public health professionals, health care providers, community-based organizations, and community members learned about the significant role food plays in preventing, developing, and resolving chronic diseases, as well as the ways nutrition can support the health and well-being of communities. National and local experts described the benefits of plant-based eating; how to incorporate more plant-based foods into our diets; and promising policy initiatives and programs that support making healthy eating more of a cultural norm.

You can download this year’s event program and view speakers’ videotaped presentations below.

Please visit our 2018 Food Summit Page to watch a brief video and download a summary of the 2018 Food Summit.

2019 Food Summit Videos

Power of Nutrition for Health

Speaker: Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC

It Takes More Than Willpower: Supporting Healthy Eating Through Food Policy

Speaker: Margo G. Wootan, DSc

Cook County Good Food Purchasing Project Update

Speaker: The Honorable Alma Anaya, Rodger Cooley, Kathy Chan and Lena Hatchett, PhD

The Food Rx For Cardiovascular Disease

Speaker: Baxter Montgomery, MD

Advancing Nutrition Guidelines

Speakers: Kathryn Bernstein,MPH, RDN, LDN, Daylan Dufelmeier, MPH and Margo Wootan, DSc

Healthy Food in Health Care

Speakers: Mary J. Larsen, MS and Jennifer Obadia, PhD

Tips For Taking Charge of Your Health

Speaker: Baxter Montgomery, MD

Plant-Based Food Prep Demonstration

Speakers: Marc Asmussen and Anthony Bosko


Speaker: Dr. Neal Barnard


Speaker: Dr. Baxter Montgomery


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