Nutrition Networking Symposium

The FANN Nutrition Networking Symposium brings together leaders and stakeholders in food, nutrition, and health to create awareness and strengthen nutrition initiatives, programs, and services to improve community health in Texas. The Symposium is the first community nutrition-food is medicine-focused event in Texas. The Symposium showcases community nutrition and food as medicine initiatives and programs with learning sessions, networking opportunities, and vendors. The Nutrition Networking Symposium aims to serve as a platform for organizations to collaborate and build upon nutrition initiatives by exchanging best practices and devising strategies to enhance health in Texas.

The Symposium will not only offer learning sessions but also the opportunity for attendees to explore vendor tables from various nutrition-centered organizations. These tables will provide details on nutrition programs, services, funding options, internships, volunteer roles, and career paths.  Participating vendors will range from food companies dedicated to healthier products, healthcare entities with cutting-edge nutrition services, community groups offering 'food as medicine' and nutrition initiatives, government food and nutrition programs, academic institutions featuring dietetic programs, to organizations actively recruiting food and nutrition professionals and students, among others.

Note:  This event is open to food, nutrition, health professionals, nutrition advocates, vested community stakeholders, public health and dietetic students.  Registration is required.

Symposium hastags:  #NutritionNetworkingSymposium #NutritionMatters


Background

Nutrition Networking Symposium 

Nutrition education services vary across the state and range from simple handouts and recipe cards to cooking classes and more involved intervention services targeted to improve diet and overall health. Over the past 5-10 years, nutrition programs that improve health through nutrition education combined with healthy food initiatives such as food prescriptions, produce boxes, medically tailored meals, food farmacies and others, have been gaining momentum in Texas and across the country. More recently, the President’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in 2022 further propelled the momentum with federal agencies being included in the conversations around Food is Medicine. Food is Medicine is an emerging field of nutrition that is improving health outcomes for those with diet-related disease, especially as each week, poor nutrition kills an estimated 10,000 Americans according to Tuff’s University. Prioritizing the health and well-being of people through healthy food programs and initiatives and ending diet-related disease, is key to creating healthier communities. The Nutrition Networking Symposium will provide a forum for organizations to synergize nutrition momentum through the sharing of best practices and creating solutions to improve health in Texas. 


Register

19

September

2024

Nutrition Networking Symposium 

Food Access & Nutrition Network
Location: Harris County Department of Education Conference Center, Houston, Texas
Time: 9-4:30 pm

Registration is now open!



Agenda

The Symposium will have several learning sessions focused on community nutrition and food is medicine topics throughout the day.  Click below for a partial list of agenda highlights.


Sponsorship Packet

Support the symposium by selecting one of the several sponsorship levels available.  Click below for more information.


Be a Vendor 

In addition to learning sessions, the Nutrition Networking Symposium will showcase a variety of nutrition/food is medicine-focused vendors. The vendor area will consist of a section for state and federal government nutrition programs and services and an area for other community nutrition programs; including health-focused food companies and others. 

Attendees will visit vendor tables of food and nutrition organizations to connect with key program staff and gather information about nutrition programs, services, funding opportunities, internships, volunteer opportunities, and careers. 

Vendor tables are reserved for the following organizations:
• Organizations that will provide information about their nutrition/food is medicine-focused programs or services.
• Food companies promoting healthy nutrition.
• Employers seeking to recruit food & nutrition professionals, students for internships, or volunteers.
• Academic institutions with dietetic or public health programs.
• Sponsors

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Travel Accomodations

We have provided a list of budget-friendly locations if you need travel accommodation for your trip to Houston.  Accommodations are located in Uptown Houston near world-famous shopping and dining and only 5-10 miles from the Symposium location. Click below for more information.


Floor Map

The floor layout for the Symposium will include rooms for learning sessions, vendor, and networking areas.  Click below for more information.


Call for Proposals

Submit your abstract/proposal, focused on community nutrition and food is medicine-related topics. Topics may include but are not limited to teaching kitchens, food prescriptions, nutrition incentive programs, food farmacies, school nutrition education programs, community health nutrition interventions, government nutrition programs, and others.   Click below for more information.