Dedicated Education Stream will examine the Relationship between Meeting Productivity and Food

CHICAGO (April 29) — This year’s AIBTM, The Americas Incentive, Business Travel Meetings Exhibition (, scheduled for June 11-13 in Chicago, has ‘food on the brain’ with a series of education sessions dedicated to helping meetings industry professionals understand the importance of brain health and the role it plays in the productivity of meetings.

Author, educator and Executive Chef and faculty at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Food As Medicine Training Program Rebecca Katz, MS, will kick off the education stream at AIBTM Education Day on Tuesday, June 11, with her session, which will take place in the Brain Power Lab at 10am.

The session will inform and educate attendees on the role of food and nutrition and how to create menu plans, which address the specific profiles of meeting attendees as well as how food and nutrition affects behavior and energy throughout the day.  It will also explore ways in which food choices can be balanced to support meeting themes.

Katz comments, “Part of the motivation towards maintaining brain health is to realize the important role which colorful nutrient dense food plays in helping the body and the brain thrive. This is particularly important during conferences, where food becomes the premium fuel to keep participants fully engaged.”

The second session in the “Brain Food” series will be delivered by Dianne Devitt, President, the DND Group and advocate for creativity and wellness in events and meetings and Cynthia Ackrill, M.D., Human Performance Consultant, Coach and Speaker President of WellSpark.

This interactive session will guide attendees through the steps and elements of strategic meeting and event design from the brain’s perspective and how an effectively styled meeting and event experience can enhance brainpower.  It will also explore the ways in which emotional connections can increase results and how details and small choices can effect the reactions of meeting attendees.

To view the full education program line up at AIBTM, including the “Brain Food” sessions, visit the education tab via

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The Americas Incentive, Business Travel Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) is a leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry. AIBTM delivers individually qualified Hosted Buyers and eligible Trade Buyers from the U.S. and around the world.  Tailored to the U.S. market, AIBTM serves and guarantees the attendance of top-level decision makers.  The exhibitions provide time and business efficient matching services for buyers and sellers through unique Hosted Buyer Programs. For more information, please visit AIBTM takes place from June 11-13, 2013.  Join AIBTM on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
AIBTM forms part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions Meetings, Events and Business Travel Portfolio along with AIME (, GIBTM (, CIBTM (, IBTM India (  EIBTM ( and Business Travel Market (
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Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry. Its wide-ranging portfolio of events around the globe covers leisure travel, luxury travel, business travel and the meetings and incentives industry.

The 14 events are: World Travel Market (WTM), Arabian Travel Market (ATM), International French Travel Market (IFTM), La Cumbre, International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), International Luxury Travel Market Asia (ILTMA), Asia-Pacific Incentives Meetings Expo (AIME) (owned by Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau), Global Exhibition for Incentive, Business Travel, and Meetings (EIBTM), Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (GIBTM), Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (AIBTM), China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (CIBTM) and Business Travel Market,  The Spa Wellness by ILTM and ILTM Americas.
Furthermore, April 2013 will see RTE launch World Travel Market Latin America in São Paulo, Brazil (23-25 April) and IBTM India will launch in Mumbai, India (12-14 September 2013).
RTE is a business unit of Reed Exhibitions.
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