Worlds of Healthy FlavorsNapa Valley, CA
2019 WORLDS OF HEALTHY FLAVORS PROGRAM SUMMARY
During the 15th Annual Worlds of Healthy Flavors Leadership Retreat—presented in partnership with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition—the program explored everything from research updates about diet quality to demographic differences in perceptions of health terminology; the latest nutrition science to opportunities for globally-inspired, plant-forward menu innovation; as well as the many ways the evolving food and nutrition policy landscape stands to affect the U.S. foodservice industry. Experts and operator presenters shared insights ranging from the health impacts of added sugar and emerging research on the gut microbiome to menu strategies for featuring microbiome-friendly fermented foods and whole grains.
Program highlights included: culinary demonstrations and a panel discussion of industry leaders showcasing successful strategies for improving the quality of carbohydrate-based dishes; new, interactive networking components of the retreat, such as a team quiz challenge, bingo competition, and roundtable discussions on topics like Think Produce First; and a special livestream presentation from Harvard’s Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, unveiling the release of a pivotal global report from The Lancet in collaboration with the EAT Foundation on food, planet, and health, live from Oslo, Norway, reflecting a consensus of insights from two dozen top scientists from around the world. For the first time, this report sets specific, numerical targets for national dietary guidance that align optimal nutrition with planetary boundaries, including impacts on climate change and resource depletion.
Across the three days, the retreat delighted attendees with presentations, panel discussions, culinary demonstrations, and delicious meals and receptions embodying the great possibilities of bringing together the best of world cooking with the latest in consumer and nutrition research.
Password-protected presentations from the conference are available for download below for conference attendees only. (For attendees of WOHF 2019 who need help locating the password, please contact us).