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Health vs Havoc: A discussion of nutrition sanity and unapologetic deliciousness

November 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Berkeley Public Health celebrates 35 years of The Wellness Letter, a publication launched by our faculty and staff in 1984 with the goal of providing evidence-based health and wellness tips to the public.

The celebration will begin with an overview of The Wellness Letter’s history and the recent evolution of our Health and Wellness Publications.

Afterwards, nutrition scientist and Stanford University Professor Christopher Gardner, PhD ’93 will lead a conversation titled Health vs Havoc. Gardner will discuss the recent attacks on nutrition science; the wealth of available evidence—amounts and types—on optimal food and health; the important role The Wellness Letter has played in debunking health myths and informing the public; and his view on how to move forward from here.

The talk will be followed by a light reception.

Christopher Gardner is the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. For 26 years he has studied what to consume and what to avoid for optimal health, and how best to motivate individuals to achieve healthy dietary behaviors. He has served on many committees for organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, and he has conducted and published dozens of human nutrition intervention trials. Gardner’s current research interests include collaborating with chefs and dining operators as research partners in an effort to identify strategies to optimize the intersection of taste, health and environmental sustainability. Gardner teaches several food and nutrition classes, including an on-line course recently launched through the Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning. He is kept on his toes by four boys, ages 11 to 28, and a marathon-running, political scientist wife who is well known for knitting during meetings. Gardner usually bikes, rarely drives, is an avid volleyball player, and at home he is the head cook.

This talk is part of the 2019 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series. This event is sponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.


November 12, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST


2121 Berkeley Way, First Floor Colloquia