New Research to be Unveiled at IFT Wellness 13; WebMD Chief Medical Editor to Give Keynote Speech

January 28, 2013

CHICAGO—The Institute of Food Technologists announced today that it has partnered with HealthFocus International to commission original research, which will be unveiled at the IFT Wellness 13 Consumer panel session. This study explores American teens’ food choices, influencers, and how teens define health.  

IFT Wellness 13--taking place at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare February 27 and 28—is a must-attend for food professionals who want to discover new, innovative ways to create and market healthful products, while maintaining a focus on nutrition, sustainability, taste, safety, and compliance. In addition to the consumer panel session, highlights for this year include:

Keynote Speaker—Michael W. Smith, M.D., medical director and chief medical editor, WebMD
Dr. Smith will lead the opening session, Year in Health—What Mattered Most to Consumers. Since 2010, WebMD has published the Year in Health results, which focus on their top health stories, searches, questions, and trends. Dr. Smith will discuss the 2012 Year in Health data as it relates to food health and wellness.

General Session: Preventing Childhood Obesity
Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., Professor, Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Director, John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention, Tufts University will cover how organizations across the globe are addressing the issue of childhood obesity.

Closing Session—The Nutrition Benchmark: Who’s Improving America’s Health
This session will be lead by Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation, Innova Market Insights. Attendees will discover how companies compare when it comes to nutrient composition. In addition, they will learn what products are succeeding, and where to find a winning combination.

Wellness 13 will also feature several sessions in three concurrent tracks: Consumer Lifestyles & Demographics; Emerging Opportunities; and Healthier Living.

View the full Wellness 13 agenda
View video recap of Wellness 12  

Those who register before February 1 will receive a $100 discount. To register for the conference, please visit

New this year: IFT will be offering a General Session Live Stream Pass, which includes a live broadcast of the opening keynote session, general session, and consumer panel for a nominal fee.

Registration to attend the conference or view the live stream pass is complimentary for credentialed media.  All inquiries including request for interviews should be directed to Mindy Weinstein, Director of Media Relations,, 312.604.0231 or Stephanie Callahan, Media Relations Specialist,  312.604.0273.


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