A Decade of Defining Moments

Organic & Natural Health's 10th Anniversary Conference Features Transformative Discussions with Leading Industry Voices

WASHINGTON, Jan. 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Organic & Natural Health Association (O&N Health) will return to The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral, Florida on Jan. 23-25 for its annual conference sponsored by Mercola, AIDP, Chr. Hansen, Simply Connect, and Women In Nutraceuticals (WIN). With the theme of "Cultivating Change: A Decade of Defining Moments for People and the Planet," the conference will commence with a stellar 10th Anniversary Celebration, marking a major milestone in the organization's journey.


"In commemorating a decade of defining moments, we are looking forward to reflecting and celebrating what we have achieved through our vitamin D consumer awareness initiatives and our advocacy for transparency and consumer choice, particularly on platforms like Amazon," said Karen Howard, CEO and executive director of O&N Health. "What truly exhilarates us is the enduring vitality of the initiatives we set in motion, each gaining momentum and exemplifying our organization's unwavering commitment to the industry. The Organic & Natural Health Association is a necessity in this sector, and has left an indelible mark. We are on fire, we are here to stay, and we will continue to shape and influence the cosmic landscape of our industry."

Proving to be a force in the industry, O&N Health has not only executed five award-winning advocacy and education campaigns, but has also spearheaded systemic change by dedicating resources to influential organizations such as WIN, Naturally Proud Network, and the Williams-Franklin Foundation. Notably, O&N Health has surpassed its initial five-year commitment of $50,000 by raising more than $70,000 for the Williams-Franklin Foundation, underscoring its commitment to driving positive impact and fostering meaningful change within the industry.

On the first day of the conference, attendees will delve into crucial topics beginning with a focus on leadership strategies for mental health in the workplace with keynote speaker Christine Burych, president of Starlingbrook Leadership Consulting and author of "Unleash Her." Following this, the agenda shifts to domestic policy concerns, featuring insights from Todd Harrison (Venable LLP), Alan Lewis (Natural Grocers), and Charlie Brown (Mercury Free Dentistry). The day will continue with a discussion on “My Health Advocacy and Alliance” with Corinne Bush (American Nutrition Association), Rob Verkerk PhD (Alliance for Natural Health), Carrie Balkcom (American Grassfed Association), Alexis Bayden-Mayer (Organic Consumers Association), Lewis, Debra Short (SENPA), and Jim Higdon (Cornbread Hemp). Bringing the day to a close, John Fagan of HRI Labs will provide an update on his ongoing synbio research for O&N Health.

Moving into day two, the conference continues with a discussion on women leadership in the industry, led by O&N Health board member and WIN president, Heather Granato. Next, Heather Isley, a board member at Natural Grocers, will discuss collaborative efforts to enhance access to quality food and health solutions. A panel on international supply chain stress and standards follows with Lewis, Verkerk, Ercilia Sahores (Regeneration International), and Pat Smith (RFI Ingredients). The program proceeds with "Cultivate or Crumble: Nurturing Partnerships and Growing Sales in the New Era," exploring the use of technology, innovation, and partnerships for a safer, more connected, and financially beneficial supply chain. Speakers include Torah Torres (Simply Connect), Sandra Lee (NJ Labs), Lewis, Ivan Khymych (SimplyDepo), Matt Fain (PopCapacity), and Derek Lurth (HealthLOQ). The conference will conclude with a panel discussion on AI and Amazon, featuring David Trosin (NSF), Asa Waldstein (Supplement Advisory Group), Ryan Sensenbrenner (Enzymedica), and moderated by O&N Health board member, and CEO of Quality of Life, Dan Lifton.

Christine Burych

Registration for O&N Health’s conference is open to members. Nonmembers, media and guests may attend by invitation only. Reserve a room at the Westin before Jan 8 to take advantage of the special block room rates. O&N Health conference is designed to optimize networking opportunities while engaging in deep and meaningful discussions on issues facing the natural products industry and the consumers it serves. Connect at: https://organicandnatural.org.

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