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Childhood Obesity, Menu Labeling, Dietary Guidelines and School Nutrition Among Key Topics at American Dietetic Associations 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo

2010-10-12

Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802 media@eatright.org

CHICAGO – The American Dietetic Association's 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will feature educational sessions devoted to key food and nutrition policy issues, showcasing cutting-edge research, policy and advocacy issues and official ADA positions. The Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will be held November 6-9 in Boston, Mass.

Among the "hot topics" to be examined are childhood obesity, school nutrition, restaurant menu labeling and new ways of effectively bringing dietary guidance to consumers.

ADA's annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo is the world's largest conference of food and nutrition experts, with more than 10,000 registered dietitians, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, health-care providers and industry leaders attending. The conference features more than 100 research and educational presentations, lectures, debates, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations. More than 350 exhibitors from corporations, government and nonprofit agencies showcase new consumer food products and nutrition education materials.

All sessions will be held in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and are open to members of the media who have registered to cover the conference. For more information about media credentials, e-mail media@eatright.org or call 800/877-1600, ext. 4806 or 4769.

Below are highlights of some the educational sessions. For a complete listing, visit www.eatright.org/fnce.

 

Sunday, November 7, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Room: 153 ABC)

Comprehensive School Nutrition Services: School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children

This session will discuss the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's report, "School Meals, Building Blocks for Healthy Children," which would offer 30 million children each school day meals that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The session will focus on the recommended menu patterns and how nutrition educators can participate in their implementation and evaluation.

 

Sunday, November 7, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Room: 205 ABC)

Local Support for Nutrition Integrity in Schools: Creating Opportunities in School Nutrition Wellness

ADA members are at the forefront of exciting changes in school nutrition and wellness across the U.S., making significant contributions to creating healthier school environments and ensuring students are well-nourished and ready to learn. There are expanding opportunities as schools incorporate programs such as alternative breakfast, recess before lunch and farm-to-school, as well as community partnerships for school gardens, nutrition education and health councils. This session will describe the connection between school meals and students' health, behavior and academic success and outline current opportunities for dietetics practice in school foodservice, wellness and nutrition education.

 

Sunday, November 7, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Hall C)

The Case for Dietary Guidance: New Recommendations to Improve Consumer Health

Nutrition and food scientists are looking for ways to bring meaningful change to the American diet. While a "back-to-basics" approach may seem to be the easiest solution, the realities of modern life and the current food supply make this a more challenging issue. This session will discuss how to make realistic dietary recommendations based on modern food production that take into consideration the challenges consumers face in their day-to-day lives. Speakers will also share results of consumer message testing on various aspects of food production, processing and technology.

 

Tuesday, November 9, 9:45 a.m. - 11:15.a.m. (Hall C)

Calories on the Menu: Opportunities for Dietitians

This session will look at what the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means for registered dietitians. Speakers will focus on the legislation's requirement that restaurants with 20 or more locations add calorie counts to menus, menu boards and drive-thru menu boards for standard menu items in 2011. The bill also mandates that other nutrient information be available upon request. Speakers will discuss how RDs can work with restaurant operators and patrons alike to deliver the calorie information in meaningful and practical ways.

 

Tuesday, November 9, 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (Grand Ballroom East)

The Foods Kids Aren't Eating: Overcoming Childhood Obesity with Total Nutrition through Kids Eat Right

The majority of youth do not get enough of the nutrients they need for growth and development. This session will discuss the need for a high-quality nutrition approach for childhood obesity prevention, and how RDs can become part of the solution through the new ADA/ADA Foundation Kids Eat Right program. Kids Eat Right is designed to support registered dietitians in meeting goals set by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, encouraging RDs to help empower parents and develop appealing and healthful food options in schools. New research on nutrient gaps in children's diets will be presented along with results from the ADA Foundation's Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Study, which analyzed eating and physical activity behaviors of children and their parents.

The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.

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