Integrative Nutrition Holds First International Conference

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Attendees from 24 Countries Join Student-Organized Event in London for a Weekend of Learning and Collaboration

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the world’s largest nutrition school, held its first international conference earlier this month in London, England. The inaugural IINternational Conference brought together students and graduates from 24 countries on June 9-10 for the opportunity to collaborate with other health professionals and wellness experts and to sharpen essential entrepreneurial skills.

“Our first major conference held outside the USA was truly inspiring,” says Integrative Nutrition founder Joshua Rosenthal. “It was possible thanks to the hard work and initiative of two of our outstanding students, Luisa Kerdel Blatnik and Amanda Cook, who coordinated the event. When students come to me with a plan to organize their peers and elevate the entire community, I can only respond with gratitude and enthusiasm. That’s really what Integrative Nutrition is all about, and I look forward to seeing other students follow in their footsteps.”

Integrative Nutrition’s flagship course, the IIN Health Coach Training Program, teaches students essential nutrition education, health coaching, and business skills and fosters the confidence that’s necessary for graduates to launch thriving, entrepreneurial careers. The course’s innovative online learning platform reaches students all over the globe, and in 2012 the Integrative Nutrition community has grown to over 25,000 students and graduates in more than 96 countries.

The success of this grassroots conference reflects that same spirit of ambition, achievement, and global awareness. “Luisa and I organized this conference because the students in our European study groups wanted a chance to connect in person,” Cook said. Kerdel Blatnik added, “This took place only three months after we first pitched the idea to Joshua by the elevator at the Mega Conference in Long Beach, California – it really gives new meaning to the term ‘elevator speech’!”

Keynote speakers and best-selling authors Gabrielle Bernstein (Add More ~ing To Your Life, Spirit Junkie) and Simon Brown (Modern Day Macrobiotics, The Feng Shui Bible) both gave inspiring talks that reinforced Integrative Nutrition’s holistic approach to health, wellness, and success. Bernstein shared that the key to developing a successful business is playing to your own personal strengths and doing what feels effortless, natural, and fun. Wellness expert Brown echoed the sentiment and emphasized that an optimistic approach to life has a direct impact on one’s health.

“I’m so excited to be able to connect with our ever-growing global community,” says Rosenthal. “The speakers were stellar, we learned inspiring new concepts, and we had a lot of fun, too. The success of this conference only reinforces my commitment to further support and expand our international presence.”

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 25,000 students and graduates in 96 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 http://www.integrativenutrition.com for more information.

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