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Panel To Discuss Food Quality

American Association of University Women is hosting a program on “Nutrition and Food Quality: on Nov. 15 at the at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road.

The Robert Kenner award-winning film “Food, Inc.” will be shown between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served preceding the panel presentation at 7:45 p.m. Attendees may arrive at any time during the documentary film.

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The panel of experts includes Edouard Ekemba Sooh, James (Jim) Bourne, Hope Warshaw and Christopher Johnson.

Sooh is a local Alexandrian who has cultivated an interest in nutrition that began from a simple vegetable garden, kept by his mother, in his childhood home. A youth, full of sports, led him to the coupled understanding of food and vitamin supplementation with physical fitness. He currently works at Healthway Natural Foods, where he consults and assists customers with their personal needs or general interest in maintaining health.

Bourne is a farmer in Calvert County, Md. He works the farm he grew up on, a farm that has been in his family since 1690. This 145-acre farm was originally a tobacco farm which was typical of southern Maryland until the last decade. In 1996 Bourne took over the operation of the family farm and in 2001 began raising pastured poultry. He started selling eggs and chickens at the Old Town Alexandria Farmers' Market in 2004. In 2008 he started The Lamb's Quarter as a community supported agriculture endeavoring to "bring good food to good people." The Lamb's Quarter provides fresh vegetables year round, as well as beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and eggs. The farm is managed organically.

Warshaw has been a dietitian and diabetes educator for more than 30 years. She has owned Hope Warshaw Associates, LLC, a consulting and private practice for over 20 years. Her work spans from corporate consulting to writing consumer articles and authoring numerous books. She counsels people with diabetes and those with weight concerns. She is most well known for her expertise in the areas of diabetes nutrition management and healthy restaurant eating. Warshaw strives to offer practical solutions to eating healthy and living well in a convenience-driven world. From first-hand experience as a mother, wife and chief of shopping, planning and cooking for her family she's aware that today particularly, people need realistic and easy-to-implement advice. She lives in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria with her husband and teenage daughter.

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Johnson is a naturopathic doctor located in Alexandria. He is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, an accredited four-year naturopathic medical school in Tempe, Ariz. He works with a broad range of conditions in both the adult and pediatric population using primarily homeopathy, nutrition and botanical medicine.

Johnson is an Alexandria native and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia. Johnson speaks widely about homeopathy — at hospitals, medical conferences and throughout the Washington D.C. area. He teaches an introductory class on homeopathy at Northern Virginia Community College. He has published papers in the peer-reviewed medical literature and has a regular column on homeopathic research in Homeopathy Today. Johnson is vice president of the Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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