Integrative Nutrition Holds First Latin American Conference in Mexico City

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Integrative Nutrition Founder Joshua Rosenthal and Key Graduates Bring Together More than 100 Students and Alumni to Support its International and Hispanic Community

"The call to action is clear and, after this conference, there is no doubt we will play an important role in the change we want to see in Mexico,” says Ana Arizemendi, a 2011 Integrative Nutrition graduate.

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the world’s largest nutrition school, held its first Latin American conference at Club De Industriales in Mexico City, Mexico on Saturday, January 26, 2013 to bring together the school’s diverse international community. The focus of the conference was on vocational training, confidence building, and creating a sense of community among Spanish-speaking graduates.

More than 100 graduates traveled from cities across Mexico, South America, the United States, and Europe to participate in the conference and learn from Founder, Director, and Primary Teacher Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd. Rosenthal opened the event with an inspirational speech that emphasized how Spanish-speaking Health Coaches play a crucial role in reversing the global health crisis.

“The Hispanic community is widely underserved, and Health Coaches who work with this community by providing information and inspiration are true leaders,” Rosenthal says. “Our first ever conference in Latin America is a landmark event and truly reflects Integrative Nutrition’s commitment to empowering its international community and spreading a ripple effect of health and happiness across the globe.”

The conference included lectures on strengthening coaching skills and setting goals for a successful health coaching practice. Attendees also received a welcome event, yoga class, and healthy Mexican meals.

The conference was made possible due to the hard work and initiative of four Integrative Nutrition graduates, who coordinated the event: Ana Arizemendi and Georgina Ferrer, both class of 2011, and Gabriela Bambrick-Santoyo and Caren Laboy, both class of 2012.

“The energy and enthusiasm of the Mexican Health Coaches was amazing. We are getting organized – not only to support each other, but to really create a positive impact in the health of our country. The call to action is clear, and after this conference there is no doubt we will play an important role in the change we want to see in Mexico,” Arizemendi says.

Integrative Nutrition trains students in nutrition education, health coaching, and business skills through their signature Health Coach Training Program. The course’s innovative online learning platform reaches students all over the globe, empowering them to launch successful health coaching careers in their local communities.

In addition to the conference, Integrative Nutrition has made several recent strides to support the Hispanic community. Rosenthal’s book, Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness, is now available in Spanish translation. The school also donated $5,000 to Escuela de Parteras Profesionales del Estado de Guerrero, the first professional midwifery school in Mexico that is dedicated to improving nutrition for the most impoverished.

“We are so inspired by our students and graduates who take the initiative to organize events that support the growth of our community. Our first Latin American conference was a success, and we are thrilled that our ripple effect of health and happiness is truly having global impact!” Rosenthal says.

About The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)
Founded by Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, in 1992, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition has grown from a small classroom of passionate individuals to a global community of over 32,000 students and graduates in 104 countries worldwide. Its flagship course, the IIN Health Coach Training Program, teaches students to become successful Health Coaches who can effect positive, long-lasting change. The school’s unique curriculum teaches a wide variety of skills in health coaching, nutrition education, business management, and healthy lifestyle choices. Visit for more information.

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