Conference Food

What a great day! I heard some great presentations and, for a conference, we’ve had some really good food. Let’s talk food first….

I had my English muffin as usual before I left home this morning, but when I got to the conference, they had a nice breakfast there, so I had a little of this too….some scrambled egg, fresh pineapple and cantaloupe, and a small serving of potatoes with coffee and a little juice. It was great fuel to get me through the morning.

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Lunch wasn’t until 1:00, which is a little later than usual for me, so I’m glad I had the double breakfast.

The conference chairperson did a great job ordering healthy food. For lunch, I had a roast beef and cheddar sandwich on rye, small salad, and some really great tomato soup.

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Then, we went for a walk around the downtown area, window-shopped at some cool shops and cafes, and decided on a coffee from a great place called Coffee and Chocolate, which I have to visit again. Here’s a view of the great little shopping area called Market Square where we sat outside for a few minutes enjoying our coffee.

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After our walk -it was back to the conference and we had dessert waiting- I had a little more than half of a small piece of red velvet cake with the rest of my coffee.

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So – what were some high points of the presentations?

  • Exercise and physical activity guidelines have basically been stable for the last 30 years. Even with thousands of research studies- it is still recommended to get 20-60 minutes of aerobic activity at 50-85% max heart rate 3-5 days/week.
  • With all the emphasis on physical activity and wellness- unfortunately, 66% of American adults are overweight and 33% are obese.
  • It will take a partnership between schools, parents, communities, government, employers, and healthcare systems to make a meaningful impact on obesity.
  • Thomas  Jefferson had it right in 1786 when he said “Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise, and the weather should be little regarded.”
  • The average Amish man walks 17,000  steps a day, while the average U.S. adult walks only 5,000 steps a day.
  • Americans have on average 4.9 hours of leisure time per day and spend nearly 3 of those hours watching TV.
  • Sugared soft drink consumption is up 5-fold over the last 50 years.

I’ll share more after tomorrow’s lectures. Have a great evening!

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4 responses to “Conference Food

  1. The food served at the conference is truly in step with the theme of the conference. Most of the conferences that I’ve attended as a Dietitian (back in India) have served food that normally would fall in the “to be avoided” list ;-). Hat’s off to the organizers!!

  2. P.S:Thanks for the high points from the conf-very interesting!!

  3. Yummy eats! Thanks for sharing the high lights of the presentation.

  4. angiesappetite

    Thanks for stopping by, Sweta and Priyanka! I’ll commend our main organizer, Leslie, for ordering such great meals! Have a good night!

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