Michael Pollan may not be a food scientist or trained nutritionist, but he's a respected writer and journalist with a passion for anything edible. And over the past 20 years, he's become a respected voice in the literary and culinary community for his books and articles, which explore the places where the human and natural worlds intersect, touching on topics of food, agriculture, gardens, drugs and architecture.
A contributing editor to the New York Times, Harper's, Mother Jones and Vogue , Pollan authored popular tomes like The Omnivore's Dilemma, which traces the origins of four meals, and The Botany of Desire. Most recently, however, he's been on the bestseller list for a slimmer volume, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, which lays out 64 simple rules that change the way people eat and live.
Whistler's book group, Whistler Reads, is partnering with the Whistler Public Library to host a conversation surrounding Pollan's latest book, featuring a panel of local and national experts on everything from education and fitness to community, health and food supply. Panelists include Andree Janyk (mother of Olympic competitors, Michael and Britt Janyk, and a leader in health and fitness), Cat Smiley (top Canadian fitness trainer and founder of the original Whistler Boot Camp), Craig MacKenzie (Youth Director of Whistler Off Road Cycling Association), Irene Gutterage (kinesiologist with a Masters in Biomedical Science), Dr. Chris Shackleton (former Professor of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine) and Anna Helmer (of Whistler-Pemberton's Slow Food movement).
This discussion will take place at the library on Saturday, May 1 at 4 p.m. Members of the public are invited to come out and join in, but are asked to RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts on the trends and challenges we face when it comes to eating and living well.
A bellyful of laughs
On Sunday, May 2, people around the world will be gearing up to giggle and guffaw for an hour straight, all in honour of World Laughter Day.
Dr. Madan Kataria, a family physician from India and founder of Laughter Yoga, created the annual event. He also developed a series of simple interactive exercises that stimulate smiles and laughter, which in turn, supposedly boost the immune system and release endorphins. A 20-minute daily session of laughter is said to make people happier, healthier and more harmonious.
Dr. Kataria's exercises have inspired thousands of Certified Laughter Leaders around the world to set up their own Laughter Clubs. A workshop will be held in Whistler to mark the annual day of chuckles and belly laughs. Laughter Leaders will host a series of exercises at Solarice Wellness Spa from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. Admission is by donation.