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38th IVU World Vegetarian Congress

Dresden, Germany

Sunday July 27 - Sunday August 3, 2008

Deutsch - English - Español - Français - Italiano


Tuesday Morning Speakers

Prof. Dr. Peter Clarys, Belgium

Biography: Peter Clarys is professor at the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium. He holds a master degree in Physical Education and a PhD degree in Biomedical Research Sciences. He is coordinator of the Master program in Fitness and Health. Besides his initial studies on the impact of different factors on the skin, his research is mainly situated in the domain of Health and Fitness. He conducted studies on nutrition, health and physical performance capacity in children, adolescents, adults and elderly. He is also involved in projects concernig various sports (mainly judo) studying nutrition, weight reduction and specific performance capacity. He teaches courses in biology, biochemistry, health and fitness promotion. He published 42 papers in peer reviewed journals.

Lecture title: Vegetarian Nutrition and Physical Performance Capacity

Abstract: Optimal athletic performance is the result of sustained training, a dedicated lifestyle and sound nutritional strategies. Questions are often raised as to whether a vegetarian diet is qualitatively and quantitatively appropriate for different types of physical performance.  An overview will be presented of various studies in which physical performance capacity was evaluated in vegetarian subjects. Several types of performance and physical activity (endurance, resistance, intermittent...) with their specific nutritional needs will be discussed. The adequacy of a vegetarian diet to meet these specific needs will be evaluated and comparisons made between vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets for certain key components such as carbohydrates and protein. The bioavailability of elements such as iron, zinc and calcium in an atheletic diet will also be discussed. Practical guidelines for optimal vegetarian nutrition for the various types of physical activity, training and competition will be formulated.  Scientific research indicates that vegetarian diets can be adequate for achieving physical performance at all levels.

Date: Tuesday 29 July 2008; Time: 09:15; Room: Festsaal; Language: English with similtaneous translation

Vesanto Melina, Canada


Biography: Vesanto Melina, Registered Dietitian, did undergraduate and postgraduate work at the University of Toronto , Canada, and the University of London, England. She has taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and at Seattle’s Bastyr University. She is co-author of the 2003 Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian Diets. She was a coordinator for the Vegetarian Nutrition section (Chapter 10) of the American Dietetics Association's Manual of Clinical Dietetics.  She is widely known in the media - press, television and radio - and is an internationally known speaker.  She has presented workshops on vegetarian nutrition to over 2200 dietitians throughout North America d received the prestigious Clintec award for leadership in dietetics. She regularly consults for government and industry and for individual clients from her office in Langley, near Vancouver, British Columbia.

Brenda Davis, Canada


Biography: Brenda Davis, registered dietitian and nutritionist, is a leader in her field and a dynamic internationally acclaimed speaker. She is co-author of six books, Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan, The New Becoming Vegetarian, Defeating Diabetes, Dairy-free, and Delicious and The Raw Food Diet Revolution. She is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Diabetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. She is currently working on a diabetes intervention research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She spent 8 months in Majuro in 2006 and returns to the Marshall Islands for 4 to 6 weeks two or three times a year. She lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada with her family.

Lecture title: Vegan Nutrition for Life – Big Blunders, Simple Solutions

Abstract: In this cutting edge presentation, renowned experts and registered dietitians Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina guide you past possible pitfalls towards the creation of a nutrition-packed vegan diet. Based on current scientific information, it will update your knowledge about protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamins D and B12 and essential fatty acids. Discover answers to pressing questions such as: Could my raw or vegan diet be protein deficient? Might I be low in iron or zinc? Without dairy products, do I get enough calcium?  What is the latest on vitamin D2 versus vitamin D3? Are my sources of vitamin B12 reliable? Do vegans get sufficient omega-3 fatty acids? Is my vegan diet truly optimal? Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina are co-authors of the best-sellers Becoming Vegan, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian, and the Raw Revolution Diet. ( and

Date: Tuesday 29 July 2008; Time: 10:45; Room: Festsaal; Language: English with simultaneous translation

Vesanto Melina

Brenda Davis

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