Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium on Monday, September 21, 2009

The first Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium sponsored by the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Obesity Center, will take place on the university campus at Cowles Auditorium (Hubert H Humphrey Center) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 21, 2009.  

Nationally and internationally renowned speakers will present state-of-the art science on four highly controversial topics related to the effects of food consumption on human health: food processing, consumption of organic foods, high fructose corn syrup, and antibiotic use in animals. Each talk will be followed by an interactive discussion involving local academic and industry experts and the audience. 

A lunchtime panel will debate the issue of diet versus drugs for obesity prevention and treatment. The purpose of the symposium is to generate exciting discussions that may lead to consensus on the controversial topics and/or recommendations for research needed for their resolution.

Register by visiting this link.  Early registration (until September 11) is $10 for students, $50 for University of Minnesota faculty and staff members, and $100 for non-university attendees. After September 11, registration will increase by $10 for all groups.  Online registration ends on September 14, unless space remains, in which case online registration will continue until the conference is fully booked.  Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Visit for the symposium information. 

Contact: Becky Beyers, associate director of public relations, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, 612-626-5754 (