Original Health Nut Dinner with CA Walnuts

Last week I was invited by California Walnuts to attend an intimate dinner at the Top of the Hub with food and nutrition celebrities (in my world) Mollie Katzen and Walter Willett. I had met Mollie last summer at the Food for your Whole Life Symposium and she’s just the sweetest person ever who has a passion for good tasting, good for you foods, and of course walnuts. Willett is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and is a pioneer in sound nutrition research. The dinner was to honor his accomplishments in promoting good health and celebrate Dr. Walter Willett as a nominee in the Quest for THE Original Health Nut, a contest CA Walnuts is hosting. Willett certainly IS a health nut – we learned that he has ridden his bike every single day to work this winter in Boston. Can you believe it with the winter we’ve had?! I could barely even drive my car or walk on the slippery sidewalks every day this winter!

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We had a lovely walnut-themed dinner while overlooking the twinkling lights of Boston. I had a great time dining next to sports nutrition guru Nancy Clark, Walnuts’ own Kaley Todd, and Harvard Obesity Researcher Dr. Frank Hu.

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I had so much fun catching up wtih some of my favorite local dietitians, including Kate Scarlata who I had emailed but never met in person, Liz Ward, whose Expect the Best books I buy for all of my pregnant friends, and Brierly Wright, who writes for Eating Well and I know from Tufts.

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Do YOU know anyone to nominate who epitomizes optimal health and wellness and could be the Original Health Nut?

Thank you California Walnuts for this fabulous experience and a dinner with some of the biggest Health Nuts out there!

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