Shopping for Health met at Boulder’s in Carefree, Arizona, last week for the 3rd annual summit, bringing together some of the nation’s finest supermarket dietitians. Founded by Nancy Tringali Piho, a food and nutrition communications pro out of Washington, D.C., Shopping for Health provides supermarket dietitians with a 2 1/2 day conference for the latest in consumer trends and gives brands one of one interaction with them.
Shopping for Health kicked off with one of the most interesting dinner experiences I have ever had. Michelle May, M.D., author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat gave the attendees a mindful eating experience that I will certainly never forget. Mindful eating is a concept that makes you pause and really ask yourself why you are eating. May took us through the mindful eating cycle throughout our meal. Her strategies are definitely worth putting into practice. Her method goes behind the why you eat to become more in tune to your choices.
Day 1 was full of great speakers, including the California Strawberry Commission, Barbara Katz from Health Focus International detailing the latest in consumer trends, and Nutiva, speaking about their products and how they are pioneering organics. The guests were given the opportunity to sample products provided by KIND snacks, California Strawberries, Lean Cuisine’s new lines of frozen meals, Nutiva, and beer pairing provided by the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
Day 2 kicked off with a relaxing yoga session and a milk break by the National Milk Mustache Campaign. This was followed by an amazing breakfast by Grimmway Farms and the National Onion Association to prepare us to hear about the story of chocolate, how it’s processed, and it’s nutritional benefits by the National Confectioners Association’s Chocolate Council. Cabot Creamery also presented their new packaging and let us sample their cheeses. The Wheat Foods Council and Julie Miller Jones, PhD, presented about the science behind gut health and food intolerances. She provided us with a scientific breakdown of the microbiome and gut health. The Wheat Foods Council also provided lunch with some of their favorite recipes supermarket dietitians can use in their cooking demos or community events. The National Confectioners Association wrapped up the meeting with a “Feast of Chocolate” and wine pairings. The chocolate combinations were non-traditional and amazing.
Shopping for Health was truly an exciting event. It’s intimate setting and number of participants gave you opportunities to really get to know attendees and brands. Piho did an excellent job of letting participants enjoy and experience the picturesque location. The sessions had great speakers and a variety of supermarket dietitian specific topics. But don’t take my word for it. Check out what a supermarket RD from Whole Foods had to say about the conference.
For more information on Shopping for Health, visit their website and sign up for quarterly consumer education materials for supermarket dietitians.