May 15-16, 2017

University of Massachusetts Club
One Beacon Street - 32nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Audience: nutritionists, importers, manufacturers, distributors, directors of different food service programs, procurement directors, etc.
Duration: 2 half days.

1:00 pm Registration, Networking and Tastings

1:30 – 1:45 pm Opening remarks by Ken Toong - #1 food service in the country and "host" of the 2017 MDR

1:45 – 3:15 pm Scientific Panel “HEALTHY AGING &LONGEVITY: Scientific evidence from the Mediterranean Diet” (Chair Dr. Immaculata De Vivo, Dr. Frank Sacks - HARVARD, Prof. Eugenio Luigi Iorio - ITALY, Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou - GREECE, Dr. Miguel A. Martinez-González MD PhD MPH- SPAIN)

3:15 – 3:45 pm Special tasting

3:45 – 5:00 pm EU, FDA, Importing & logistic panel and discussion (Thea Emmerling, Minister Counselor Head of the Health, Food Safety, and Consumer Affairs Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America; Cecilia Ercolino, president, Italian Products USA, Inc.)

5:00 pm Olive Oil tasting (NAOOA)

VIP event
8:30 – 9:45 am Mediterranean Diet in Health Care Food Service Operations: Challenges, Triumphs and next steps. (Chair Angelo Mojica, Senior Director Food and Culinary Services Johns Hopkins Medicine; with Tony Almeida, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Dan Skay – Nutrition Manager/ Executive Chef at Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus and Manna Restaurant; Deborah Boudrow - Senior Manager Procurement and Food Distribution at Massachusetts General Hospital)

9:45 – 10:00 am Coffee break

10:00 – 11:15 am Mediterranean Diet Education, Policy and Practice Implications. SNEB (Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior) aims to promote effective nutrition education and healthy eating behaviors through research, policy and practice. This session will examine difficulties with following a healthful diet in Greece due to current food insecurity and emergency food system problem; research-based education programs that encourage a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle among Americans; and best communication practices to promote a healthful diet in the current digital and interconnected age. With Rachel Paul, MS, RD, CDN, Columbia University, Virginia Quick, PhD, RD, Rutgers University, and Lynn E. James, MS, RD, LDN, Penn State Cooperative Extension.

11:15 – 12:15 OPEN ROUNDTABLE: PRACTICALITY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND THE MEDITERRANEAN CORNERS. A Collective Discussion moderated by Prof. Giovanni Scapagnini.

Med Lunch in the City