Proper nutrition is critical to overall health — from disease prevention to reaching your fitness goals. Yet, the American diet has become increasingly unhealthy over the course of several decades. In the past 40 years, Americans now eat 15 more pounds of sugar a year and 30 percent more calories. Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years.
To help combat this, government agencies and people in medicine have made strides toward helping us make better decisions in our eating and lifestyle habits. From the government’s comprehensive 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines and the introduction of MyPlate, to the creation of numerous apps and blogs, there are a variety of resources out there to help set you on the right track.
In addition to these helpful initiatives, there are a number of events and conferences that focus on just about every aspect of nutrition. From organics and environmental stewardship, to plant-based nutrition and sustainability, they’ve got it all.
We’ve rounded up some of the best food and nutrition conferences — both in the United States and abroad — to help you choose the right event for you.
Natural Products Expo West
- When: March 5-9, 2019
- Where: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
- Price: TBA
If you’re a retailer, distributor, supplier, investor, health practitioner, or business that’s related to the natural products industry, the Natural Products Expo is something you won’t want to miss. The event will include an exhibit hall with over 3,000 exhibitors, educational sessions, and speakers. Note that this event isn’t open to the general public. Sign up for notifications here.
Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE)
- When: October 20-23, 2018
- Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
- Price: $105 and up
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics puts on the FNCE conference each fall for their members, though non-members in the nutrition and dietetics industry can attend at an increased registration price. Guests can also attend, but are unable to join the educational sessions. The FNCE boasts over 10,000 food and nutrition experts addressing key health issues facing Americans today. In many cases, the conference’s educational sessions also qualify for continuing professional education hours (CPEs). Register here.
International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference
- When: September 14-17, 2018
- Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA
- Price: $1,095 and up
Anyone that’s in the healthcare industry and interested in learning the latest information and research on a plant-based dietary lifestyle should attend this conference. Sessions focus on a variety of issues, from medication management for patients eating a plant-based diet to foundational cooking techniques. Some sessions qualify for continuing education (CE) credits. You don’t have to be a healthcare professional to attend this conference. Register now.
Food: The Main Course to Digestive Health
- When: September 28-30, 2018
- Where: Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- Price: $75–$300
This 3-day lecture series put on by the University of Michigan is geared toward registered dietitians and registered dietitian nutritionists, as well as other healthcare professionals who care for people with gastrointestional diseases. The lectures will be given by faculty and dietitians. Some panel discussions will also be included. Register online or by mail.
Sustainable Foods Summit: Asia-Pacific
- When: September 4-5, 2018
- Where: Marina Mandarin, Singapore
- Price: 405 pounds ($534) and up
Are you interested in learning more about sustainable foods and eco-labels? Anyone who is a key stakeholder in the food industry is encouraged to attend the second edition of the Asia-Pacific Sustainable Foods Summit, which is organized by Ecovia Intelligence. The conference will focus on five main areas: urban farming potential, water footprints, novel sources of protein, blockchain for traceability, and advances in eco-design approach in packaging.
- When: March 21-22, 2019
- Where: San Francisco, CA
- Price: TBA
Rethink the future of food when you join the largest international gathering of food business leaders, food-tech innovators, and investors at the Future Food-Tech summit. Explore the latest innovations in food health, alternative proteins, and food tech, through educational sessions and speakers. Registration will open later this year.
Personalized Nutrition Innovation Summit
- When: June 26-27, 2018
- Where: Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco, CA
- Price: $999 and up
Get personal about nutrition! Explore the emerging trend of personalized nutrition, attend networking events where you can collaborate with industry leaders and experts, and learn about future nutrition trends and breakthrough technologies. The Personalized Nutrition Innovation Summit is designed for emerging companies and nutrition industry professionals. Register now!
Good Food Expo
- When: March 22-23, 2019
- Where: UIC Forum, Chicago, IL
- Price: 3/22 Trade Show (Price TBA), 3/23 Festival (Free)
Come be a part of America’s longest running local food and sustainable food trade show. Every year, this event connects farms and food producers with buyers, retailers, activists, and consumers. The show offers everything from workshops and chef demos to a number of family-friendly programs. Follow them for news and updates.
Healthy Food Expo West
- When: August 19-21, 2018
- Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
- Price: $20 and up
About 10,000 food service and hospitality professionals will all converge in Los Angeles for the Healthy Food Expo West to celebrate everything about healthy foods — all in one location. Tastings, educational sessions, demonstrations, and even some additional special events are all on tap for this lively event. Sign up here.
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