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Toolbox for the Informed Eater: Cedar House Sport Hotel and Squaw Valley Institute events promote informed eating choices

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Two-dozen community members and leaders participated in Genesaand#8217;s first Fields to Fork and#8211; Toolbox for the Informed Eater symposium at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee July 31, 2010. Highlights included a locally sourced lunch and engaging presentations by Stephen Bird, a California Certified Organic Farmer and auditor; Suzanne Ashworth, owner of Del Rio Botanical; Stellaand#8217;s Executive Chef, Jacob Burton; Dr. Caroline Wadlin, MD, a womanand#8217;s health and wellness expert and Dr. Dan Smith, DC, Genesaand#8217;s Founder and CEO.

Audience and#8220;take-awaysand#8221; were plentiful. Key messages included the value of eating organic and locally grown produce, the positive impact of micronutrients and the importance of taking time to enjoy meals. Other highlights included invaluable information about organic labeling, eating wild foods and utilizing food as a primary solution to health issues and concerns. Speaker Stephen Bird took participants on a visual tour of his farm, Celtic Gardens Organic Farm and Learning Center and explained, and#8220;Our food starts in the fields and it does make a difference where your food is grown.and#8221; Attendees walked away understanding why and how soil impacts flavor, nutrition and the environment.

Jacob Burton explained the virtues of using seasonal, fresh produce. He shared his philosophy on exceptional food preparation and prepared an organic feast for all the attendees that included fresh-from-the-field produce. Suzanne Ashworth kicked off her energetic presentation with a well-received baby corn tasting and colorful display of fruits and vegetables from Del Rio Botanical. Ashworth, like Bird, uses organic farming to provide as many nutrients as possible in produce.

The seminar culminated with two presentations. Dr. Caroline Wadlin, MD, asked participants to guess the number one secret to healthy eating and espoused on the value of slowing down. Dr. Wadlin also provided concrete suggestions to living a healthier life and#8212; laugh, live life with a positive attitude, keep a gratitude journal, take action and time for oneand#8217;s self. Dr. Dan Smith, DC, shared how he created Genesa Inc. to realize his vision to help others achieve health, mind/body balance and inner peace. His newest approach to conscious living in action, Trinity Plus, compacts health manageably into a convenience kit of nutrients complete with multivitamins, minerals, full-spectrum amino acid support, omega 3 and a pre and pro biotic.

Dr. Smith also referred to Bruce Ames, Ph.D. and the 100-Year Lifestyle, sharing insights on the value and need for micronutrients for modern health, especially with respect to preventing inflammation, degenerative diseases and to ward off depression.

Participants had the opportunity to share information on local initiatives such as integrating wholesome food into public school. One local parent is spearheading a healthy foods initiative by working closely with the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District, other parents and Project MANA. The goal is to systematically phase in real, whole foods and eliminate high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils while prioritizing organics and whole grains as much as possible. The Genesa Living Foundation is developing a 12-minute documentary based on the symposium and the efforts of the town of Truckee related to healthy foods and the wholesome foods effort into public schools that can be a shared with communities, school systems and consumers seeking information about healthy eating, organics and wellness. The documentary includes excerpts from the specialists that presented at Fields to Fork as well as participant interviews and others involved in the town of Truckee.

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Squaw Valley Institute presents Dr. Daniel S. Smithand#8217;s and#8220;100 Year Lifestyleand#8221; Monday Oct. 11, 2010

Resort at Squaw Creek, 6:30 p.m. social time, program at 7 p.m.

Cost: $10 suggested donation, students with ID free

Visit squawvalleyinstitute.org or phone 530-581-4138

Most Americans have a notion of what good food is, but many are unaware of its power to help us live longer, healthier and happier lives. Genesa Living Foundation will introduce a revolutionary program entitled and#8220;A Toolbox for the Informed Eaterand#8221; at the Squaw Valley Institute that will bridge those gaps. The brainchild of Dr. Daniel Smith, D.C., a certified organic farmer and expert in the field of nutrition, this toolbox provides the public with the essential tools it needs to become better educated on the topics of food and nutrition. Attendees will receive a preview and learn about the 12 tools in the toolbox. Recommended age group: anyone over 10 and under 100!