Community Programs

As the hub of integrative medicine at Northwestern Medicine, the Osher Center is focused on educating the public in topics related to our field. By increasing awareness in the general public, we can increase the likelihood of people seeing value and incorporating related services into their lives.

The Good Food is Good Medicine Symposium, held Saturday November 5, 2016

​Thank you to all the wonderful speakers, chefs, attendees and exhibitors for making our inaugural Good Food is Good Medicine Symposium a deliciously satisfying and educational day!

foodAs promised, top tips from our speakers are posted and can be found here: http://ocim.nm.org/

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Proper diet is a fundamental building block to good health, but how do you sort through all the confusing information to know what diet is best for you?  

The Osher Center in collaboration with FamilyFarmed brings you a daylong program filled with valuable information based on the latest science such as:

  • how you can use diet to prevent illness
  • what specific dietary nutrients and phytochemicals are important
  • diets for heart disease, gastrointestinal issues and mental health
  • why you should consider a plant-based diet
  • the truth about environmental toxins and how they impact our diet choices

The event will highlight experts from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and FamilyFarmed. Learn more by visiting exhibitors from organizations and businesses from the Good Food Movement.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM

Good Food is Good Medicine Agenda                                                         November 5, 2016

  Time

Event

  Speaker

8-9 am

Event registration, light breakfast, Exhibits

 

9:00- 9:10

WELCOME

  Melinda Ring, MD and Jim Slama

9:10- 9:35

DECIPHERING FOOD NEWS:

WHAT’S THE REAL DEAL?

  Melinda Ring, MD

9:35-10:00

GO WITH YOUR GUT:   

FOOD AND GUT HEALTH

  Judy Fulop, ND

5 min

Movement Break

  Jill Stein

10:05 –  10:30

Keynote   PUBLIC HEALTH VIEW:   NUTRITION AND CANCER

  Dr. Terry Mason

  Cook County Dept of Public Health COO

20 min

Movement Break and Exhibits

 Jill Stein

10:50 - 11:15

SUGARS:

COMBATING CRAVINGS

 Karen Malkin, HC, AADP 

11:15 - 11:40

A CHEF'S PERSPECTIVE ON GOOD FOOD AND HEALTH

 Chef Matthias Merges, Co-founder of Pilot Light

11:40 - 12:00

Q/A with speakers

12:00 - 12:40

Brief mindful eating exercise,

followed by Lunch & Exhibits

  Maggie Crowley, PsyD

12:40 - 1:15

The Ayurvedic Diet:

EATING FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

  Avanti Singh, MD 

1:15 - 1:40

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET:

HEALING THROUGH FOOD

  Rupa Mahadevan, MD

20 min

Movement Break and Exhibits

  Jill Stein

2:00 -  2:45

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS IN FOOD:

IMPACT ON HEALTH

Keynote speaker:   Victoria Maizes, MD

  Univ. of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

 

Quick stretch break!

 

2:45 -  3:15

NAVIGATING FOOD DESERTS:  

FOOD ON A BUDGET, COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

  Charlotte Flynn, Adam Murphy, MD, Cecille de Mello, Brandon Johnson, JD, Eric Rodriguez

3:20 -  3:45

GOOD FOOD ON EVERY TABLE: 

HOW YOUR FOOD CHOICES IMPACT THE HEALTH OF YOU AND THE PLANET

  Jim Slama

3:45 - 4:00

Speaker Q/A and Farewells!

  All speakers

To register:

Cost:  $50 including healthy box lunch and light breakfast.  

Call 312.926.8400.

Registration Deadline:  November 3 at 4 pm  Limited capacity

Parking (with Validation at registration)  $11/less than 7 hours;  $24/7 to 24 hours at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 222 E. Huron Chicago, IL 60611

Other Osher Center Community Offerings:

Fitness and Wellness Classes

A number of Osher Center sponsored classes are available through Northwestern Medicine. These classes highlight many of the practices involved in integrative medicine, and feature Osher Center providers. Find upcoming classes via the Northwestern Medicine Osher Center for Integrative Medicine site

Lectures and Workshops

Osher Center practitioners are frequent speakers at Northwestern community offerings, including Northwestern’s Healthy Transitions, Cancer Connections, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

In addition, the Osher Center regularly conducts daylong workshops on topics such as wellness women days, integrative oncology and food as medicine. Workshops and events are posted on our Facebook page. Like us to stay informed!

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) operates on the campuses of 119 institutions of higher education, including through Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. The program looks to provide older adults with curriculum that aligns with their joy of learning and keeps them in touch with a larger world. Northwestern’s OLLI program serves over 900 seasoned learners on our Evanston and Chicago campuses.