Morning Keynote Speaker

“Cultivating Partnerships: Revealing the Truth About Food”
presented by David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

Dr. Katz is the founding director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Immediate Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder/Director of the True Health Initiative established to help convert what we know about lifestyle as medicine into what we do about it, in the service of adding years to lives and life to years around the globe. Katz directed the development of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index® used in the NuVal® nutritional guidance system, the world’s most robustly validated nutrient profiling system. He is also an active member of the Connecticut State Medical Society, a federation of eight component county medical associations, with total membership exceeding some 7,000 physicians.

This talk will first examine what the impact of diet and lifestyle COULD BE on the human condition if knowledge were power. It will then consider the toll associated with our failure to use what we know. The talk will then look closely at the body of evidence relating dietary pattern to human health- and make the case that we are NOT clueless about the basic care and feeding of our species. Endless debate about the details of optimal diets, and an insatiable pop culture fascination with scapegoats and silver bullets- distract us from the well-known fundamentals of healthful eating, and forestall the stunning advances in public health that would ensue were we to turn what we know into what we do. The case will be made that lifestyle is the best, readily available medicine; and culture could be the spoon that helps it go down. this talk will also address what can be done to leverage lifestyle, in the service of adding years to lives and life to years, in both clinical, and cultural settings.