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Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference
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When: Friday, October 13, 2017
8:30 AM
Where: Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, Oregon  97232
United States

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Professional Presentations for Health Care Providers and the Community

The Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference is a golden opportunity for you to learn the latest information on plant-based nutrition, the effects of diet on chronic disease prevention and control, and about designing an optimum plant-based diet for patients and clients in a clinical setting. Interest in plant-based diets is growing, and Portland, Oregon has become a hub for that developing interest. This conference is designed for healthcare professionals, offering up to 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for many medical professionals (6.5 for dietitians), but others with strong interests in nutrition and health are welcome to attend.

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  • $135 - Early Bird ($165 Regular starting September 23, 2017)
  • $115 - Member of Supporting Organization ($145 starting September 23, 2017)
  • $75 - Student (proof of status required)

    2017 Faculty

    Joel Kahn, MD

    Joel Kahn, MD, FACC

    The Miracle of Heart Disease Reversal

    One of the world’s top cardiologists, Dr. Joel Kahn has treated thousands of acute heart attacks during his career. His long-term experience has led him to combine the best of western medicine and nutritional and complimentary therapies for prevention and total healing. He now has launched a campaign to prevent 1 million heart attacks through healthy living.

    Terry Mason, MD

    Terry Mason, MD

    Plant-based Diets and Public Health

    • Chief Operating Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health, responsible for operations, direction, and planning for public health, and disease prevention.
    • Practicing urologist for 22 years, specializing in prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction
    • Weekly radio host of A Doctor In The House on WVON Radio 1690, and featured in the film Forks Over Knives

    Dr. Mason earned his MD at the University of Illinois, and has treated thousands of patients during his 22 years as a practicing urologist. Bothered by the fact that his treatments were just treating the symptoms rather than getting at the underlying cause of the disease - an unhealthy lifestyle - Dr. Mason decided to transition to the public health arena. He became the Commissioner for Public Health for the City of Chicago in 2005, and then became the System Chief Medical Officer with the Cook County Health and Hospital System 2009 to present, and the Chief Operating Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health since 2013.

    Reed Mangles, PhD, RD

    Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

    Getting a Good Start: Vegetarian Moms, Infants, and Children

    • Author of The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book and co-author of The Dietitian's Guide to Vegetarian Diets
    • Co-author of the 2003 and 2009 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position papers of vegetarian diets
    • Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Dr. Mangels is a well-published researcher and dietetics professor specializing in vegetarian and vegan nutrition, and is best known for her research regarding vegan and vegetarian nutrition for infants and children.

    Jane Esselstyn, RN

    Jane Esselstyn, RN

    The Benefits of Eating a Plant-Based Diet, Above and Below the Belt

    • Founder and Director, Health Care Is Self Care LLC.
    • Co-author of The Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue DietThe Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, and Plant-Strong
    • Coordinator, Prevent and Reverse Heart DIsease for Women Conference. (2016 and 2017)

    Jane has worked as a science, outdoor, and health educator for over 28 years, and brings a vivacious energy to her talks and is an eager proponent of women’s health as it relates to a plant-based diet. Like many in the Esselstyn family, Jane presents her work, research, and high energy food demos across the country and world.

    Craig McDougall, MD

    Craig McDougall, MD

    Taking the First Steps Towards Better Health: How I help my patients begin to make lifestyle changes.

    • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of General Internal Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
    • Former practice lead for ZOOM+Prime in Portland, Oregon
    • Co-developer and former physician lead of the Northwest Permanente Healthy Living Program at Kaiser Permanente
    • Staff physician and educator at the McDougall Program‘s 8-day, live-in programs.

    Dr. McDougall is a board-certified internist who completed his residency at Oregon Health & Science University after obtaining his MD from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. His practice at Zoom+ featured a 90-day personalized health coaching service, with an emphasis on increasing daily movement and moving towards a plant-based diet in order to reduce or reverse chronic disease.


    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Time Presentation
    7:45-8:30 Registration
    8:30-8:45 Welcome Remarks
    8:45-10:00 Terry Mason, MD:Plant-based Diets and Public Health
    10:15-11:30 Reed Mangels, PhD, RD:Healthy Nutrition for Infants, Children, and Pregnant Women
    11:45-1:00 Craig McDougall, MD:Counseling Patients on Optimal Diet and Lifestyle Changes.
    1:00-2:15 Lunch
    2:15-3:30 Jane Esselstyn, RN:The Benefits of Eating a Plant-Based Diet, Above and Below the Belt
    3:45-5:00 Joel Kahn, MD, FACC:The Miracle of Heart Disease Reversal
    5:00-5:05 Closing Remarks

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      Conference Hotel

      There is no hotel directly at the Convention Center, so we have reserved a block of rooms at the DoubleTree, on the MAX line about 6 blocks east of the Convention Center:

      DoubleTree by Hilton
      1000 NE Multnomah
      Portland, OR 97232

      • Call-in: 1-800-996-0510 and mention the group VegFest to receive the group rooms and rates.
      • Online:, use the Group Code VF7 under “Add Special Rate Code” when making reservations online for the group rooms and rates to populate.
      • Room rates are $199/night for a standard queen bed, and $229/night for two queen beds or a king, up through September 11, 2017.

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