Middle East Veg Congress
MEVEG Congress Promotes ‘Natural’ and ‘Healthy’ at MENOPE 2013
Alongside Middle East Natural & Organic Products Exhibition, MEVEG advocates increased consumption of plant based diets
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 November 2013: Middle East Veg Group (MEVEG) champions the goal of increased consumption of plant based foods for better health, sustainability and harmonious living in the Middle East. Established in 2007, MEVEG has worked to formulate industry standards and benchmarks for vegan lifestyle, and will now participate in MENOPE to further increase general awareness and make a difference with ‘MEVEG Congress’.
Scheduled on December 3rd 2013, MEVEG Congress will at the Middle East Natural & Organic Products Exhibition, Dubai World Trade Centre - Hall 4 from 10 AM to 5 PM. The congress focuses on health and sustainability, and aims to educate and develop skills of individuals, home-makers, chefs, catering companies to make informed choices for future generations’ sustainability.
“We aim to educate the attendees about the current industry trends in the Middle East, options they have when it comes to delicious vegan lifestyle. It will be interactive, with a high dose of fun and lots of food – for thought. We encourage everyone, who aspires to make the right choices to live a healthy life and how to live sustainably, to attend the conference” says Sandhya Prakash, Founder – MEVEG.
Taking place from 10 am to 5pm, this year’s congress includes 10 presentations from an esteemed group of experts including “Latest healthy eating trends” and “Food for Thought – how to improve school meals in the Middle East “. Other sessions include “Assessing one’s body to make intelligent food choices” and a thought-provoking panel discussion on the ‘Role and Responsibilities of the Food Industry’. A plant based lunch will be served to all participants and an award presented to the best new vegan restaurant in the region.
The event is scheduled for December 3rd 2013 at Dubai World Trade Centre - Hall 4, and is expected to be attended by over 300 food industry experts, medical and environment experts, students, teachers, women and chefs.
MEVEG has a mission to:
- Be a one-stop Non-Profit Knowledge Platform on Vegetarianism
- Represent Vegetarian’s needs to the Government and Food industry
- Promote the consumption of plant-based foods
- Be an umbrella organization for Vegan, Vegetarian groups (supporting Organic, Raw, Local, Slow, Gluten Free Foods)
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Latest trends in Sustainable & Healthy Eating
3 December 2013
10.30 Opening Address – Sandhya, Founder, Middle East Veg Group (MEVEG)
10.45 Session 1 – Food for Thought – Living by choice not by chance - Dr. Sreedharan, Vedanta Academy
11.15 Session 2 – Food can be your medicine – Ms.Wafa Helmi Aish, Director-Clinical Nutrition Department, Clinical Support Services Sector –Dubai Health Authority
11.30 Session 3 - How to build muscle without supplements – Veggie meals that pack a punch – Lovely Ranganath – Nutritionist, Health Trendz
11.40 Session 4 - You are what you think you are – The power of thoughts to heal your body. – Zaufyshan Haseeb – Corporate trainer/motivational speaker
12.00 Q&A Session
12.20 Session 5 – Implementing Sustainable and Healthy Living in Corporates- Dr. Forrest Beck, Health Team Leader. Al Mansoori Group
12.40 Session 6 Panel Session - Can food cure disease? - Lokesh, Anastasia, Thomas Cierpka , Director IFOAM
Chef Anil – Adjudicator – Sherry Bohlen – Slow food movement
1.15 LUNCH BREAK
2.00 Session 7 – Latest findings from the Harvard Healthy Eating Report – Arash Rashidi, PhD (Nutrition Sci), MSc, 1-yr MBA, FNS Dipl. Research Assist. Prof. Head, Office for International Affairs - National Nutrition & Food Technology Research Institute (NNFTRI)
2.20 Session 8 – Panel Session – Junk Food Rules - How to give health food a cool wrap – Ms Asma Gilani – Principal – Our Own English School Sharjah, Rama – Water Therapist, Gabriele Cruz – Veg Chef – Jumeriah Group
2.40 Session 9 Top 10 danger Foods – Anastasia
3.00 Session 10 – Fasting – The fastest way to cleanse – Manoj Menon presenting a Case study from the Emirates
3.20 Session 11 Children and Adolescent Nutrition in the Modern Age - Ms. Sujyot Sakhrani - Founder / Senior Nutritional Consultant , Biotailor
3.40 Session 12 Self Management for Diabetes patients – Maria Reynolds, Diabetes Nurse Educator, Rashid Centre for Diabetes Research, Ministry of Health
Q&A & FEEDBACK
COFFEE & NETWORKING
4.15 Prize giving, Award for best new healthy restaurant – Thomas tbc
5.00 Conference wrap up & Certificates presented to attendees