Health and Nutrition Forum Led By Dr. Andrew Weil Explores The Question, 'What Is Good Food?'

New York, DATE — A recent study reveals that the majority of Americans are confused about proper nutrition, with two-thirds (63%) agreeing that there is so much conflicting information about healthy diets, they don’t know what to believe. Additionally, only 40% say they understand the latest government dietary guidelines, and fewer than half understand key nutrition topics like omega-3s and the potential benefits of soy, according to the same study**.

To help ease this confusion and work to educate consumers, Columbia University’s Rosenthal Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine and the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona will host the third annual Nutrition and Health Public Forum that will answer the question, “what is good food?” at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sunday, April 30. Panelists Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Marion Nestle, organic chef Dan Barber of New York’s Blue Hill restaurant and Joan Gussow from the Columbia University Teacher’s College will discuss and debate the issues surrounding health and nutrition from a global perspective, and offer consumers answers to their questions.

“With so many conflicting messages about nutrition and health in the media and elsewhere, of course Americans are confused about how they can live a healthier life,” said Dr. Andrew Weil, physician, author and leader in the field of integrative medicine. “Consumers need straight answers on what they can and should be doing to live a healthier life so they can make informed decisions about their overall health and diet.”

Discussion topics for the public forum, which will be moderated by WNYC-AM/FM radio host Leonard Lopate, include:

• What are good and bad fats?
• What are the benefits of buying organic for yourself and the planet?
• How can certain foods help to improve health conditions?
• What does “good food” really mean?

The third annual Nutrition and Health Public Forum will take place on Sunday, April 30 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Midtown Manhattan from Noon – 4:30 and will precede the third annual “Nutrition and Health: State of the Science and Clinical Applications” conference. Tickets for the forum are $85 in advance and $100 at the door (of which $50 is tax deductible) and are available by visiting

‘Nutrition and Health: State of the Science and Clinical Applications’ is a two and half day continuing medical education accredited conference held at the Grand Hyatt New York May 1 – 3, 2006. This conference provides essential information for health care professionals who address issues of food and nutrition in their clinical practices, including the latest research findings, practical recommendations for clinical care, and challenging discussions of public policy. For additional information and registration contact:

About the Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative medical (CAM) practices in the context of rigorous science, training CAM researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals. For additional information, call NCCAM's Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at

About the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona
The mission of the Program in Integrative Medicine is to lead the transformation of healthcare by creating, educating, and actively supporting a community of professionals who embody the philosophy and practice of Integrative Medicine. The Program in Integrative Medicine defines Integrative Medicine as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. For more information on the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, please visit:


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