To start the discussion about food and diet, Oddo, along with Council Member Steven Matteo and the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker at the 2014 Health and Wellness Expo will be Dr. Loren Cordain. This year’s Expo will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. Dr. Cordain’s free presentation, “Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet: Health Implications for the 21st Century” will be the keynote address from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm in the Tea House Garden. Dr. Cordain will also take questions from the audience at the conclusion of his talk.
Dr. Cordain is the world’s foremost authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease. Featured on Dateline NBC, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, Dr. Cordain is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading expert on the natural human diet of our Stone Age ancestors. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts, and his research into the health benefits of Paleolithic Diets for modern humans has appeared in the world’s top scientific journals, including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the British Journal of Nutrition, and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, among others. He is also on the Advisory Board of Paleo Magazine, the first - and only - print magazine dedicated to the Paleo/Primal lifestyle and ancestral health.
Dr. Cordain’s popular book, The Paleo Diet, has been widely acclaimed in both the scientific and lay communities and was fully revised in 2010. His next book, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, published in October 2005, discusses how the Paleo Diet can be modified for the high performance endurance athlete and lead to improved health and performance. His next book, The Dietary Cure for Acne, is available in paperback and as an instant download ebook on his website http://www.thepaleodiet.com/. The Paleo Diet Cookbookwas published in 2010 and became an instant bestseller. His most recent book, The Paleo Answer, was released in December 2011, and represents a sequel to The Paleo Diet (Revised). Dr. Cordain is the recipient of the Scholarly Excellence award at Colorado State University for his contributions into understanding optimal human nutrition.
Dr. Cordain’s full biography can be accessed at http://thepaleodiet.com/dr-loren-cordain/.
According to Google Zeitgeist, the Paleo Diet was the most “Googled” diet of 2013. The Paleo Movement is growing exponentially and individuals from all walks of life are following its tenets.
“There is no doubt that Dr. Cordain’s writings and research have improved the lives of many who have adopted a Paleo lifestyle in whole or in part,” said Borough President Oddo. “Dr. Cordain is the foremost expert in this field and it will be an honor to welcome him to Staten Island to hear about his research and continue the very important conversation about how we eat. Our diet is simply the most important lifestyle factor that affects our health. Many recent studies appear to confirm the research of Dr. Cordain and others, so we believe this will be a timely presentation that will help Staten Islanders make more informed choices. As a community, we should be having a conversation about diet and how what we eat affects our health and well-being. This presentation will be both informative and entertaining and I urge Staten Islanders to attend the Expo on October 2.”
“I am delighted and look forward to presenting at the SIEDC Expo,” said Dr. Cordain. “Contemporary Paleo Diets are not really diets at all, but rather a lifetime program of eating to help people maximize health and minimize risk of chronic disease. If our society as a whole adopted The Paleo Diet, the effects upon health and well-being would be enormous to say nothing about the potential reduction in the vast health care costs that are paid out yearly in the U.S. for medications, prescriptions and medical procedures. Human suffering caused by the chronic diseases that afflict nearly 75% of all U.S. adults would be immensely reduced. The Paleo Diet mimics the food groups (fresh fruits, vegetables, grass produced meat, poultry, eggs, fish, seafood and nuts found in supermarkets and farmers markets) our hunter gatherer ancestors consumed and avoids foods (refined sugars, grains, vegetable oils, dairy, processed foods) unavailable to them. By following these nutritional guidelines we put our diet more in line with the evolutionary pressures that shaped our current genome, which in turn positively influences health and well-being.”
“I am glad that we can showcase one of the leading experts in the field of nutrition to discuss his research and findings with our community,” said Council Member Matteo. “I hope that Dr. Cordain’s address at the coming Expo will provoke a lot of thought in the Staten Island community about how each and every one of us can do a better job of taking care of ourselves.”
It was also announced that Dominick’s Bakery and Café, located on New Dorp Plaza, will provide samples off its Paleo menu, the only Paleo menu on Staten Island, at the event and conduct cooking demonstrations.