Metagenics Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company focused on improving health and reversing chronic disease, hosted the inaugural "Lifestyle Medicine Summit: Taking the Chronic Out of Illness” on Sept. 28 to 30 in Dana Point, Calif. Registration reached capacity a week before the event, and more than 500 health care practitioners left fortified with new clinically effective strategies to help transform the lives of their patients.
“Metagenics is passionate about lifestyle medicine education,” said Fred Howard, chief executive officer for Metagenics. “Our first Lifestyle Medicine Summit was a catalyst for bringing together the leaders in this important field, and inspiring hundreds of dedicated practitioners with new, science-based information that they can use to help their patients to avoid or reverse chronic illness. We are incredibly pleased with the enthusiasm and the turnout at this year’s Summit, and we are looking forward to another groundbreaking conference next year.”
Keynote speakers at the event included internationally known leaders in the field of lifestyle medicine, such as Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, president of the new Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute and former CSO for Metagenics; Mark Hyman, MD, best-selling author, speaker and practitioner of lifestyle medicine; and John Gray, PhD, best-selling author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Eleven other experts also presented sessions on various areas of lifestyle medicine.
“I am a physician educator, and I truly believe that functional medicine is the best way to care for people,” commented Joel Evans, MD,who spoke on women’s hormonal health and wellness. “Metagenics has always been the leader in functional medicine education and nutraceutical interventions, and this Summit is yet another proof of their understanding and foresight into the future of medicine.”
“Metagenics has always done a great job of making sure that pioneering information is at the forefront of their educational events, highlighting the most contemporary, biochemical, nutritionally-based research and products available today,” said Jeff Marsalese, DC, who traveled from Pittsburgh to attend the Summit. “This event has been a first-class experience with great information and quality speakers.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of two American adults has at least one chronic illness, and chronic diseases contribute to seven out of 10 deaths in the U.S. Many healthcare professionals and their patients are seeking solutions—beyond taking an increasing number of prescription drugs that treat symptoms—to address the systemic nature of most illnesses. In particular, breakthroughs in nutrigenomics—the science of nutrients as modulators for wellness—offer options that can address and help delay or reverse the onset of common lifestyle-related conditions, such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and even cognitive disorders.
Vern Cherewatenko, MD, and attendee from Bellevue, Wash., added, “The speakers and the subject matter at this conference were cutting-edge, and have far exceeded my expectations. I will definitely come next year!”
Metagenics University's "2013 Lifestyle Medicine Summit: What Women Really Want” will focus on Women’s Health. To ensure a space at next year’s Summit, health care practitioners are advised to register early. The event will take place at the Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel in Chicago on Oct. 4 to 6, 2013. Register today atwww.metagenics.com/2013summit.
About Metagenics Inc.
Metagenics Inc. is a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier lives by realizing their genetic potential. Founded in 1983, Metagenics serves more than 75,000 health care providers worldwide through premium quality, science-based medical foods, nutritional formulas and lifestyle therapy programs to help their patients achieve a lifetime of good health. Metagenics’ scientific staff—among the largest in the nutrigenomics industry—has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded more than 50 international or domestic patents. The company’s educational arm, Metagenics University, collaborates with renowned medical experts to annually deliver more than 200 events designed to help health care professionals stay on the leading edge of lifestyle medicine and incorporate nutrition into their clinical practice.
Metagenics maintains its corporate headquarters in Aliso Viejo, Calif.; R&D headquarters in Gig Harbor, Wash.; and operating subsidiaries in Brussels, Belgium and Brisbane, Australia.