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Sourcing Health Locally

  “A Conference Collaboration of The Suppers Programs and NOFA-NJ”

Sunday, September 10
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM (Registration $40)
Suzanne Patterson Center, Princeton
45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

Sourcing Health Locally gathers doctors, farmers and eaters in a forum to examine key questions that relate to both health care and agricultural practices. The catastrophic rise in potentially avoidable illness — from autism to Alzheimer’s, diabetes to heart disease, depression to mental illness — relates to changes in our environment and what and how we eat. The solutions lie in close collaborations among the people who grow our food (and our immune systems), prevention-oriented health care practitioners, and us eaters who have the power to choose delicious, whole, real food. Participants will come away with a practical understanding of how to avoid inflammatory diseases and prevent and reverse heart disease, cognitive losses and dementia.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ and The Suppers Programs partner to provide these workshops. The science will be presented in terms manageable for lay people. The solutions will manifest in the form of absolutely delicious, mostly locally sourced food, the food that heals.

Thank you everyone for making Sourcing Health Locally 2017 a terrific learning experience.  Please be sure to thank the speakers once again if you see them!   The following are selected handouts made available for some of the sessions:

Alison Morgan: Mindful Eating Tips and Recipes

Karen Rose Tank; Getting Off the Blood Sugar Rollercoaster

Aly Cohen Packet Handout

Dr. Heckman’s presentation is available upon request via Dropbox, due to the large file size.

Speakers

Schedule

TimeMainRoom 1/2Room 5Kitchen
9:00 AM – 9:15 AMRegistration and Refreshments
9:15 AM – 9:30 AMIntroductory Remarks Dor Mullen, The Suppers Programs Adrian Hyde, NOFA-NJ
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMKeynote by Aly Cohen, MD Q&A / Discussion
10:30 AM – 11:30 AMSpecial Appearance, Lisa Feiner – Sharp Again! Q&A/Discussion
11:30 AM – 12:30 PMLight Lunch and Networking
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMAfternoon 1: Dinesh Singal, MD, Cardio Metabolic InstituteBreakout 1: Lisa Feiner, Sharp Again Naturally!Breakout 2: Karen Rose Tank, MS, Health Coach
1:30 PM – 2:30 PMAfternoon 2: Jeanne Petrucci, MS, RDN, Living PlateBreakout 3: Joseph Heckman, PhD, Rutgers UniversityBreakout 4: Allison Morgan, Morganics FarmAnita Robinson, The Suppers Programs

Workshop Descriptions (click items for details)

Environmental Chemicals: Why We Should Care and What We CAN Do About Them!

Our environment has changed profoundly over the past 100 years. More than 87,000 new chemicals have been developed and integrated into our way of living without adequate testing to ensure safety for adults and, particularly, for children. As the number and quantities of chemicals in our environment has dramatically increased, so too have the patterns of disease changed among humans over the same post- World War II era, including a precipitous rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes, obesity, thyroid disease, asthma, allergy, autoimmune disease, autism, ADHD and several cancers.

This session will discuss the history and regulation of chemicals in the U.S., a special class of chemicals called endocrine disruptors and their unique biological properties, the rising incidence of chronic health issues associated with many environmental chemicals, and proactive approaches to reducing exposure to chemicals in our everyday lives. Dr. Cohen will share tools, tips, and recommendations for limiting chemical exposure and maximizing our innate biological pathways through safe use of exercise, diet, sleep hygiene, appropriate supplements, and other means.

Dr. Aly Cohen is a board certified rheumatologist, integrative medicine practitioner, and environmental health specialist. She has been working passionately in the areas of wellness and prevention for over 15 years. She incorporates all three areas of training into her education work (TheSmartHuman.com) and clinical practice, helping patients understand the intricate dance between genetic make-up, life-style, environmental exposures, medications, sleep, stress and supplements. Dr. Cohen specializes in arthritis, immune system disorders and women’s health. Her practice is in Monroe Township.

Causes of Memory Loss and Dementia: How Nutrition and Lifestyle Affect the Brain

Dementia can be a frightening and seemingly final diagnosis. However, many of the causes of dementia and memory loss can be addressed throughout our lives – and even after memory loss is diagnosed – to prevent or reverse memory loss, sometimes completely. Lisa Feiner, MBA, M.Ed., will share the story of her organization, Sharp Again Naturally, and discuss some of the “Ten Causes of Dementia and Memory Loss” to empower individuals and caregivers to become sharp again, naturally.

Lisa Feiner, MBA, M.Ed., is a Holistic Life Coach, co-founder and Chair of Sharp Again Naturally. Lisa’s work in counseling and alternative therapies began in the 1990s, after an early career in corporate HR, when she received an M.Ed. in Counseling and began to study alternative therapies in the UK and through the New York-based Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Over the last 14 years, Lisa has worked with clients suffering with a range of issues (including MS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia), all of whom have been helped through better nutrition and a healthier lifestyle. Lisa has been a volunteer and board member of The New Jewish Home for 25 years, working with elders in the community. After many years of working with elders with dementia, observing the rapid growth of dementia cases, and learning that there are preventable causes, Lisa cofounded Sharp Again Naturally in 2011 to educate the public about dementia prevention and reversal.

Myra Oney is a holistic health and nutrition coach and a Reiki Master Teacher. In her practice she helps people regain and maintain their mental acuity and overall health by creating individualized lifestyle plans incorporating nutrition, stress reduction, and joyful movement. She is certified with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Institute for Nutritional Endocrinology, and Intrinsic Coaching. Member, American Association of Drugless Practitioners and International Association of Reiki Professionals. Myra is an active volunteer with Sharp Again Naturally.

Protect Your Heart: Understanding and Avoiding Causes of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, affecting people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. For most of us, heart disease is preventable. Dr Dinesh Singal, a leading cardiologist in Central New Jersey, will help participants understand effects on cardiac health in our day-to-day lives, strategies to prevent heart disease, and effective management strategies for those with heart disease.

Dr Dinesh Singal, MD, FACC, is the founder of the Cardio Metabolic Institute in Somerset, NJ. He has practiced in New Jersey since 1991, including serving as former Acting Chief of Cardiology at St Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick and former President of the Medical and Dental Staff at the hospital. He serves as the Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab at St Peter’s. Dr Singal has led numerous clinical trials at the Cardio Metabolic Institute. In addition to a clinical practice, Dr Singal takes an active role in education for residents at St Peter’s and RWJ and for the public with a bimonthly radio show, “The Heartbeat” on 1170 AM based in Bridgewater, NJ. He was voted as a ‘Top Doc’ by NJMonthly magazine in 2014.

Further Explorations in Dementia Prevention, Care, and Reversal

Lisa Feiner and Myra Oney of Sharp Again Naturally will help participants explore practical ways to prevent memory loss, or to care for loved ones, in a way that supports their cognitive health. Building on Lisa Feiner’s feature presentation, participants’ questions will guide the course of this workshop.

Lisa Feiner, MBA, M.Ed., is a Holistic Life Coach, co-founder and Chair of Sharp Again Naturally. Lisa’s work in counseling and alternative therapies began in the 1990s, after an early career in corporate HR, when she received an M.Ed. in Counseling and began to study alternative therapies in the UK and through the New York-based Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Over the last 14 years, Lisa has worked with clients suffering with a range of issues (including MS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia), all of whom have been helped through better nutrition and a healthier lifestyle. Lisa has been a volunteer and board member of The New Jewish Home for 25 years, working with elders in the community. After many years of working with elders with dementia, observing the rapid growth of dementia cases, and learning that there are preventable causes, Lisa cofounded Sharp Again Naturally in 2011 to educate the public about dementia prevention and reversal.

Myra Oney is a holistic health and nutrition coach and a Reiki Master Teacher. In her practice she helps people regain and maintain their mental acuity and overall health by creating individualized lifestyle plans incorporating nutrition, stress reduction, and joyful movement. She is certified with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Institute for Nutritional Endocrinology, and Intrinsic Coaching. Member, American Association of Drugless Practitioners and International Association of Reiki Professionals. Myra is an active volunteer with Sharp Again Naturally.

Getting Off the Blood Sugar Rollercoaster: Practical Tools for a More Vibrant Life

Do you struggle with mood swings, cravings or nighttime eating and wonder how to get back on track? Are you concerned about diabetes, weight gain or lack of energy? Join Karen Rose Tank and explore the relationship among food, blood sugar, hunger, emotions and overall health. Develop your personal Action Plan for stabilizing blood sugar deliciously. Recipes included.

Karen Rose Tank, MS, is a health coach based in Princeton, NJ. She specializes in working with people with diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions informed by her own experience with Type 1 Diabetes, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism and weight struggles. Karen is passionate about helping people build personal toolkits to achieve practical, realistic and delicious behavior change to support their long-term health and live according to their intentions. Her training with The Suppers Programs, as an Integrative Nutritionist, a Rutgers-trained Agricultural Economist (MS) and a Cornell Plant Scientist (BS) and Vegetable IPM coordinator with Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as advanced trainings in coaching, yoga, meditation and the breath, give her a deep understanding of the impacts of food on the body.

Farm to Table: More Than a Trend – Presentation and Cooking Demo

Join Jeanne Petrucci, MS, RDN to examine the correlation between consuming locally harvested, organic food and optimal nutrition. Learn how farm-to-plate time and organic farming practices can make a significant difference in the nutritional benefits of your food! Presentation will include a cooking demonstration and recipe sampling utilizing foods from local producers.

With a background in culinary instruction, Jeanne Petrucci, MS, RDN, has been passionate about food and healthy eating for more than two decades. As the Founder and Managing Director of Living Plate, Jeanne develops, delivers, and evaluates nutrition education programming that is targeted at changing nutrition-related health behaviors. She created Living Plate to empower clients to take action in achieving long-term sustainable health by incorporating culinary instruction with evidence-based programming. Jeanne holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition Education from Columbia University.

The Organic Struggle For Fresh Food from Fertile Soil

Eating is said to be an agricultural act. Current trends show that what people want to eat is placing new demands on the agricultural industrial complex. There are questions and concerns about fresh locally grown vs imported foods, organic vs conventional, hydroponic vs grown in living soil, livestock in confinement or raised outside on pasture, raw dairy vs pasteurized, and of course pesticide residues. Food isn’t just food: farming practices matter.

Dr. Joseph R. Heckman, PhD, is a Professor of Soil Science at Rutgers University and Board member of NOFA-NJ. He teaches courses in Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, and Agroecology at Rutgers and conducts research and extension programs on optimizing nutrition and soil quality in support of plant, animal, and human health. Dr. Heckman has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science; Chair of the Council on History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science; and Chair of the Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture. Dr. Heckman is past President of the Northeast Branch of the Crops, Soils, and Agronomy Tri-Societies.

Understanding Chinese Medicine

This introduction to the bio-individual approach of Chinese Medicine may make you re-think how you approach your health. Session will include basic diagnostic theories to help participants understand their physiology from an Eastern perspective, and strategies to incorporate healthy living in a way that speaks to specific constitutions. We will cover different topics that are essential to healthy living including farm-aceuticals (farm based nutrition), sourcing food locally, stress reduction and movement.

Alison Morgan practices acupuncture and Chinese medicine on her family’s farm in Hillsborough, Morganics Family Farm. Her journey into the healing arts began in 1999 through Shiatsu followed by a degree in acupuncture and herbal medicine from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. Her multi-disciplinary practice helps patients achieve wellness through techniques from acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, food therapy (farm-aceuticals), or lifestyle counseling. Alison’s perspective is heavily influenced by the farming lifestyle that she, her husband and her three children have created on their farm. She believes in educating and equipping her patients to live sustainably in their personal lives and in the world around us.

Cooking Demo: Putting Fermented Foods to Work for You

Cultures from around the world have used fermented foods as part of their diet to aid in digestion, gut health, and brain function for centuries. Eating or drinking just a small amount of fermented foods each day adds beneficial bacteria to our digestive system that can support proper digestion of our foods, elimination of toxins, and promote a healthy, balanced digestive system. The Suppers Program facilitator Anita L. Robinson from Suppers Baltimore will teach you how to make your own kombucha and fermented kraut, with hands on demonstrations and tastings. You will leave this workshop with a wealth of information, confidence and the tools needed to start your own fermented journey!

Anita Robinson is a Facilitator with The Suppers Programs in Baltimore. She is certified as a Senior Cosmetologist and has run her own business for over ten years. Her experience with The Suppers Programs and certification as a Master Vegan helps her educate others on the importance of proper food combinations to receive proper nutrition in a plant-based diet. She is currently completing her Master Gardener certification and is studying health sciences at Towson State University.