The PE Future of Health Summit 2015

During October I had the huge pleasure of speaking at The Future of Health Summit in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Other guest speakers included Dr Eric Westman, Professor Tim Noakes, Cardiologist Dr Phillip Mills, Dr Peter Bond and Dr Margo de Kooker.

With a line up like this, I was absolutely terrified! And even more so to be sharing the stage with Dr Westman, whose bio reads:

‘Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University Health System and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medical Clinic. Currently the President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and a Fellow of the Obesity Society and the Society of General Internal Medicine. In 2010, was named the American Society of Bariatric Physicians’ “Bariatrician of the Year” for his work in advancing the field of obesity medicine as well as the Society.’

Uhm…. yes and then there was me, no doctorate, masters or even honours degree, just a passion for sharing this message.

I learnt so much from these incredible individuals, and from the whole experience. I am so grateful to have been a part of it.
Massive thanks to Dr Margot de Kooker for organising the event, Old Mutual and The Nelson Mandela Business Chamber for sponsoring the event.

4 Responses to “The PE Future of Health Summit 2015”

  1. Stella Baker

    And what we need, Karen is a groundswell of more and more people with ‘just a passion for sharing this message’.
    You don’t need a string of letters after your name. Your work has already been stunning in this field and you are incredibly inspiring.
    The message is going to spread thanks to people like you who throw a pebble into the pond and watch the ripples touch others who will touch others who will touch others.
    Thank you, Karen for your passion. You more than deserve to be on that stage standing beside Prof Tim Noakes and Dr Eric Westman in the forefront of the revolution. You are amazing.

    • Karen Thomson

      Wow Stella, this message brought a lump to my throat.

      Your kind words mean so much.
      Thank you for your amazing support. Together we can do what we cannot do alone.

      I feel very blessed by this message.

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
      xxx Karen

  2. Heidi

    Congrats Karen. You are the voice that brings the truth to the (wo)man on the street. You bring passion and understanding and carry a message of jope. I applaud you for it.

    • Karen Thomson

      Hi Heidi,
      Thank you so much for this beautiful comment.
      I really appreciate it and see the beauty in you too.
      Together we create change.
      Thank you for being a part of this journey.

      xxxx Karen


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