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Mark Bittman headlines September health, food conference

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

Health, well-being, food and food policy will be the focus of Food+Health2014, a three-day event taking place Sept. 12-14 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

Headlined by none other than Mark Bittman, the New York Times writer and cookbook author whose new book “How To Cook Everything Fast” comes out in October, the event lineup also includes Austin firefighter-turned-author and program organizer Rip Esselstyn and his father, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, one of the doctors featured in the 2011 documentary “Forks Over Knives.”

Whole Foods founder John Mackey kicks off the event on Friday evening with a talk at the AT&T Center, followed by two days of TED-style presentations, panels and conversations with the audience featuring experts such as “Just Food” author James McWilliams, Marlene Schwartz, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University and Neal Barnard, founder and president of the Physician’s Committee on Responsible Medicine.

On Saturday night, Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune will interview Bittman at the LBJ Auditorium of the AT&T Center. This part of the weekend is free for UT faculty and students, and members of the public can buy tickets on the website.

According to the release: “The weekend promises to address better farm policies that will be designed to encourage the production of healthy foods, rather than processed junk foods, as well as health care trends for the 21st century. Other topics will include the environmental impact of our diet and behavior and change.”

For a full schedule and tickets, which start at $50 for single-day passes, go to foodandhealth2014.com.