The 3rd Annual Prevention Magazine R3 Summit, produced by Women Rising and benefiting Stand Up To Cancer, was held January 15-16 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. A meeting of like-minded health conscious individuals, the summit was carefully curated with renowned health experts and speakers, interactive experiences and informative demonstrations to inspire attendees to refresh, revive and reinvent themselves!
The two-day journey of R3 kicked-off with an opening evening reception featuring a meal thoughtfully created by Top Chef Masters alum, Houston-based Chef Monica Pope, using locally sourced ingredients. While being interviewed by Lori Burgess, publisher of Prevention, Pope reflected on her 20+ year career as a pioneer in the “eat local” movement, stressing the importance of “eating where your food lives” – both for the impact on your personal health, as well as for the sustainability of your community.
Next Bob Roth, executive director of The David Lynch Foundation, and long-time Transcendental Meditation teacher, spoke about the benefits of meditation for the brain and body. The David Lynch Foundation brings meditation to at-risk populations. Roth encourages the use of meditation twice a day for twenty minutes as a way to reduce stress – the cause of so many health issues in our modern world.
The second day of the R3 Summit was jam-packed with so many great speakers and presenters, it was difficult to choose which ones to attend! The R3 Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Jennifer Ashton (you may recognize her name from the talk show The Doctors), introduced the keynote speaker, and the day began with a powerfully personal speech by the award-winning journalist and wellness advocate, Joan Lunden.
Lunden shared with the audience her impressive and expansive story, having hosted “Good Morning America” for close to 20 years. Lunden encouraged the audience to “find your joy, and ACT on it.” She also emphasized the two most important days of your life as being: “the day you were born, and the day you discover WHY.” A cancer survivor herself, Lunden has since become a pillar in the health community, and maintains that attention to your health should be considered your second job.
Next on my personal agenda was the cooking presentation: Food As Medicine, where Chef Monica Pope partnered with Ali Miller, an integrative functional medicine practitioner and Registered Dietitian. Miller spoke of her approach to gut-health, using delicious food prepared by Chef Monica Pope to illustrate her points. I followed the cooking demonstration with a light and refreshing yoga class, taught by local yoga instructor Kristen Folkens.
More thought provoking speakers and discussions included a panel of leading doctors in brain health speaking on the topic of Alzheimer’s and The New Science of Prevention, an interactive and frank Q&A with Dr. Lauren Streicher titled Real Women, Real Questions, Real Relief that was all about sex and the “V” (which included the fun-fact that vibrators were only made legal in Texas in 2008!), and Lessons From the ER – an interview with another The Doctors host, Dr. Travis Stork, which included the not-so-fun-but-so-true fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women.
Other highlights of the day included motivational speaker and beloved Austin local Lizzie Velasquez, presenting a wellness workshop, local plant-based chef and New York Times best-selling author Chef Chad Sarno, teaching delicious hemp-based recipes and dropping culinary wellness wisdom on the cooking stage and opportunities throughout the day to indulge and pamper yourself with massages, reiki and healthy snacks and refreshments from sponsors like Sprouts, Honest Tea, Applegate and Panera.
With so many wonderful and inspiring experts and speakers, I would opine that Prevention Magazine’s R3 Summit is to a health-nut (or health professional like myself), what ACL is to a music-lover: a wealth of impressive talent at the top of their field. I left the summit feeling inspired and educated … indeed refreshed, revived and ready to continue reinventing myself!