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Thursday, October 11 • 12:00pm - 6:00pm
You Are What You Eat: The Nexus of Food & Health - Afternoon Session *External Ticket Required*

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The Nexus of Food and Health sessions focus on how nutrition plays a role in achieving optimal health through disease prevention and treatment. This event brings together experts from multiple industries to share insights and personal stories on the space shared by food and health. In addition, this event showcases local Executive Chefs to demonstrate the preparation of nutritious and delicious foods for a tasting lunch followed by a keynote on how to bring Functional Foods into our daily lives. Later, a moderated panel session brings together food scientists, physicians, and founders of local food companies utilizing Functional Foods to discuss the obstacles and opportunities they’ve faced. In the afternoon, hear from health insurance executives about the future of food as medicine. Attendees will leave with an in-depth understanding of what Functional Foods are, as well as how individuals can leverage food in their restaurants, businesses, and daily lives to promote health.

Tickets are required to attend:
  • Morning session only - $45.00 
  • Afternoon session only - $45.00 
  • All day Tickets - $75

Afternoon Session Agenda

  • 1:45-2:30 - Preventative Medicine: The Exponential Effect of Functional Food & ExerciseDr. Steele talks on the exponential physiological, psychological and intellectual health benefits and medicinal effects that can be achieved through the combined use of Functional Foods and Exercise.

  • 3:00-3:40 This Little Piggy Went to Market; This Hornless Cow Made Milk: Gene-Editing Solutions for Healthy Animals Recombinetics will outline the benefits of precision-breeding for animals, producers, consumers and the planet; provide an overview of the current global landscape for gene-edited food products, and more. Tammy Lee, Recombinetics

  • 4:30-4:45 Closing Remarks. Shannon SchlechtAURI, Rohit ShuklaLarta Institute and Adam Southam, MyFormulary will spend a few minutes recapping the day and discussing what the future holds. Please plan on participating in a two minute poll and sign up for copies of all session recordings and notes.

  • 4:45-6:00 Cocktail Reception. Delicious Nutritious Appetizers. Cash Bar. Stay for dinner at Mercy. Reservations Here

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Andrew Baechler

Founder/CEO, Eniva
Andrew Baechler is co-owner of Eniva Corporation and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Baechler is personally responsible for determining and overseeing strategic initiatives. He directs Eniva's "values-based" charitable activities - where significant impact has... Read More →
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Brian Beutner

General Counsel, Bright Health
Brian K. Beutner, JD, is General Counsel of Bright Health, an innovative connected healthcare experience. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MNSure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer... Read More →
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Jennifer Breen

Culinary Nutritionist, The Earl Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
Jennifer Breen is a culinary nutritionist. She uses cooking education to address the issues of sustainability, justice, well being, and public and personal health. Breen is both a professional chef with over 20 years in the food industry and a Public Health nutrition educator (MPH... Read More →
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Dr. Kate Shafto, MD, CTropMed

Integrative Medicine Fellow, University of Minnesota
Dr. Kate Shafto is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is currently pursuing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Class of 2017). She has various roles in Undergraduate Medical Education and Global Health Education at... Read More →
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Alex Danzberger

President, MyFormulary
Alex Danzberger brings over 30 years of leadership success across a variety of industries as well as international assignments in Asia Pacific with a focus on finance, business operations, strategy, and business development. He has a proven history of thriving in an environment of... Read More →
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Damon Johnson

Board Member, CocoKefir LLC
Damon Johnson serves as the vice president of Enterprise Strategic Growth within Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) for Cox Automotive. Before joining Cox Automotive, Johnson started a digital agency in 1994 called DeemJay Consulting and in 2001, Johnson co-founded CDM data and CDM... Read More →
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Dr. Elizabeth Klodas

Founder/CEO, Step One Foods
Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC is founder and chief medical officer of Step One Foods LLC, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Step One Foods develops, manufactures and markets practical food products designed specifically to help patients reduce their reliance on prescription medications... Read More →
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Dave Lenzmeier

CEO, Milk Specialties
As the CEO of Milk Specialties Global (MSG), David Lenzmeier is primarily focused on expanding the Company’s capabilities within the Human Nutrition market. Lenzmeier also currently serves as a board member at the Hendrickson Foundation, working to sponsor individuals with physical/mental... Read More →
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Brian Loeb

CGC Ventures
Brian co-leads CGC Ventures, making balance sheet investments into early stage food and ag tech companies. CGC Ventures is part of Continental Grain Company (CGC), a privately held holding company with over two hundred years of experience throughout food and agribusiness, including... Read More →
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Mike Rakun

Executive Chef, Mercy Hospitality
Executive Chef Michael Rakun believes that good food begins at the farm. His signature style eschews fat in favor of herbs, broths and food’s natural flavors, using inspiration, technique and a love of natural foods to create mouth-watering, farm-to-table, healthy dishes. Executive... Read More →
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Adam Southam

Chairman, MyFormulary LLC
Adam Southam is a broad-based strategic thinker with more than 25 years of leadership, innovation, strategy, invention, business start-up, branding and marketing excellence. He has conceived several patented and patent-pending inventions related to health, fitness, functional and... Read More →
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Dr. Kevin Steele

President, PTA Global & PTontheNet
Dr. Kevin Steele is the President of PTA Global & PTontheNet, providing high quality online education for the health and fitness industry worldwide. He began his career with a private personal training business for celebrities and athletes while a faculty member at Pepperdine University... Read More →
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Dr. Tomas Valdivia

Chief Health Officer, Bright Health
Dr. Valdivia is a health care executive with more than 20 years of experience founding, building, and selling companies in the health care technology, provider accountable care services, and health consumer sectors. Having been both a primary care physician and a leader in a large... Read More →

Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Mercy, LeMeridian Chambers Hotel 901 Hennipin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403