The third annual Achieving Optimal Health conference was a big success again this year.
As always, we begin with mindfulness and this year Keith Mitchell, former NFL linebacker who suffered a spinal cord injury, kicked us off. He spoke of the healing powers of yoga and meditation and the idea that if you are open to it, life changing transitions can bring you liberation, joy, and inspiration.
We then heard from Rebecca Katz, bestselling cookbook author, who walked us through a delicious kale recipe. She emphasized that foods can be healing and taste good at the same time.
Dr. James S. Gordon spoke to us about mind, mood and food.
New this year was Julien Williams, a certified personal trainer, who got everyone moovin and groovin. He was a big hit.
Dr. Ferdinando Mannello gave us a clinical look into personal care products and breast cancer. He came all the way from Italy for the AOHC!!
This was our first year to have a panel discussion led by Tricia who is BB&R’s in-house Oprah!! She led a conversation about anxiety, sleep and nutrition with Dr. Tracy Freeman, BB&R’s Chief Medical Advisor, Alicia H. Clark, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Rebecca Katz. It was fast moving and informative and got rave reviews.
Our entertainment came in the afternoon with Dr. Brian Wansink from Cornell University who spoke about the mysteries of why we unconsciously eat more than we think. And A. J. Jacobs, NYT’s bestselling author of many hilarious books, including Drop, Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection!
The highlights this year:
- GREAT MUSIC AND PRODUCTION PROVIDED BY PRG
- MANY NEW VENDORS PROVIDING HEALTHY FOOD AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS
- NEW ATTENDEES FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE
- BEAUTIFUL OCTOBER WEATHER
- VIBRANT, UPBEAT ENERGY IN THE ROOM
- LOTS OF INTEREST IN NEXT YEAR’S CONFERENCE