MEDIA ADVISORY - George Brown College nutrition symposium to help improve the nutrition, healthy eating and cooking habits of Canadians

Experts explore ways to bridge the gap between the store and the kitchen

TORONTO, May 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Do our genes determine what we should eat? Are we aware of how much salt, sugar and fat is really in our food? How do we bridge the gap between healthy food and learning how to prepare it? These important questions will be examined by over 300 culinary professionals, dietitians, nutrition researchers, health practitioners and leading scholars at the first annual George Brown College "Ambition Nutrition" symposium on May 26, 2016. 

Presented by The Helderleigh Foundation, the day-long symposium aims to bring awareness to the important issues of diet, health and culinary arts. Ambition Nutrition comes on the heels of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology's call for a national campaign to curb rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and other obesity-linked chronic conditions in Canada.

The symposium will feature some of the world's leading nutrition experts including bestselling New York Times author Michael Moss and Harvard Medical School expert and "obesity warrior" Dr. David Ludwig. Ambition Nutrition will focus on the latest evidence -based nutrition trends, research and advancements from a culinary perspective. 

WHAT:  Ambition Nutrition: Bridging the Gap between Nutritional Science and Culinary Arts
WHERE:  George Brown College, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, 300 Adelaide St. East
WHEN:  May 26, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Space is limited. Members of the media are asked to RSVP by email to

Speakers include:

  • Michael Moss, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and the author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD and author of Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently
  • Ahmeed El-Sohemy, PhD and Chief Science Officer, Nutrigenomix Inc.
  • Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, and the Jean Mayer Chair and Professor of Nutrition

Symposium panels:

  • Are We Fat Because We Overeat? Or Do We Overeat Because We're Getting Fat?
  • Dietary and Policy Priorities for Obesity: Are All Calories Created Equal?
  • Do Our Genes Determine What We Should Eat?


  • From Print to Plate: Live interactive cooking demonstration focusing on strategies for health cooking and eating that are fast, easy, affordable and properly portioned. Chefs will prepare a delicious three-course menu that includes a lemon thyme grilled paillard of chicken atop red wine vinegar spiked lentil ragout and garlic roasted asparagus.

Note: A limited number of tickets for the Ambition Nutrition symposium are available to the public at a cost of $160 each. Student rate: $45. To purchase tickets, visit

For the full symposium agenda, visit

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About George Brown College
Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, including its newest location at the Toronto waterfront, which opened in September 2012. George Brown offers 142 full-time programs and 193 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of over 25,800 (full-time enrolment) students, including over 3,500 international students; and over 62,800 continuing education registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees.

Featured speakers will only be available for scheduled interviews.

SOURCE George Brown College

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Joyann Callender, Media Relations Manager, George Brown College, Office: 416-415-5000 ext. 3159, Mobile: 647-988-0306,


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