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Future of Food Summit: A Special Post-Summit Report

The Future of Food: The Nexus of Food and Health Summit, co-hosted by Diplomatic Courier and Mars, Incorporated looked at the vital role collaboration across sectors can play in sustainably addressing the world’s most pressing food and health challenges.

Representatives from organizations as diverse as the UN World Food Program, the Univ. of California, Davis, and the White House debated the link among food, health, nutrition and wellness and investigated how a revised, multi-stakeholder approach to policy, research, and innovation can ensure effective impact where it matters most.

During the event, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, announced a five-year landmark study to examine the role of cocoa flavanols—bioactives found in the raw cacao bean—in helping maintain cardiovascular health. The study may therefore provide clues about healthy aging and the role of diet and nutrition in limiting the societal impact of population aging.

 

 

Interview with Dr. JoAnn Manson,
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. JoAnn Manson’s passion is public health and the role nutritional and lifestyle modifications play in improving population health.

At the Future of Food Summit, Dr. Manson said she is very excited to see if cocoa flavanols will be able to improve public health. She shared her scientific expertise during the White House BRAIN Initiative at the Summit, a collaborative research initiative focused on revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.

Mars, Incorporated is also excited to pioneer and share outcomes of leading scientific research to help advance understanding of cocoa flavanols on human health, in collaboration with Brigham and Women's Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

 

 

The rising costs of health spending in the U.S. comprises just over one-fifth (20.3 percent) of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Experts explored this trend and more at the Future of Food Summit, May 13, 2015 at the National Press Club.

 

 

 

At the Summit, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, US Senator for RI, said: “Our current path on healthcare spending, like our path on climate, is not sustainable.”

At the Summit, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, US Senator for RI, said: “Our current path on healthcare spending, like our path on climate, is not sustainable.”

Good nutrition is critical for decreasing national health spending and increasing opportunities for better health, wellness and longevity among populations.

Discussion at the Future of Food Summit included cocoa flavanols and the role of bioactives in helping maintain health.