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Nutrition Education, Tackling the Obesity Epidemic, Dietary Guidelines Implementation, and 'The Great Sweetener Debate' among Hottest Discussions at ADA's 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo


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

CHICAGO – The American Dietetic Association's 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will feature educational sessions devoted to key food and nutrition issues, showcasing cutting-edge research, policy and advocacy issues and spirited debates. ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will be held September 24-27 in San Diego, Calif.

Among hot topics to be examined are nutrition education for children and underserved communities; what the "war on obesity" really means; how to most effectively implement the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans; navigating the surplus of gluten-free information; the role of diet in autism; and how nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners affect health.

All sessions will be held in the San Diego Convention Center and are open to members of the news media who have registered to cover ADA's conference. For more information about media credentials, visit the FNCE website, email or call 800/877-1600, ext. 4806 or 4769.

Below are highlights of educational sessions at ADA's conference.

Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Room: TBD)

From Kitchen to Classroom: Integrating Food and Nutrition into K-12 Math and Science Curriculum

Learn skills to affect the classroom environment by engaging in teacher partnerships, encouraging incorporation of nutrition-based math and science education curricular materials and providing professional development to educators.

Sunday, September 25, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Room: Ballroom 20A)

The War on Obesity: A Battle Worth Fighting?

Do excess weight and obesity pose substantial risks to health and longevity? Is encouraging weight loss a good solution? In this provocative discussion, leading researchers will look at scientific evidence that may or may not support weighty assumptions related to health.

Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Room: 17AB)

You Want Me to Do What? Reaching Underserved Communities with Nutrition Education

This session will discuss innovative ways to provide nutrition education programs for people living in underserved communities. Successful programs that were developed with limited funds and strategies on how to network within diverse communities will be highlighted.

Sunday, September 25, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (Room: Hall A-B1)

Dietary Guidelines in the Real World: Applications for the Dietetics Practitioner

This interactive session will feature a provocative discussion designed to guide RDs in turning the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into everyday actionable items for individuals and communities.

Monday, September 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Room: Hall A-B1)

The Great Sweetener Debate: Nutritive and Non-nutritive Sweeteners – Point/Counterpoint

Recent studies continue the ongoing debate over the safety of nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners. Leading experts will participate in a lively discussion about the latest science related to sweeteners and their impact on health. Speakers include Barry Popkin, PhD, and moderator Theresa Nicklas, DrPH.

Monday, September 26, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (Room: Hall A-B1)

Diet and Autism: What Is Current Evidence-based Practice?

Researchers will present the latest data on connections between diet and autism and practice implications for registered dietitians, as well as nutritional deficiencies and gastrointestinal problems often seen in children with autism.

Tuesday, September 27, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Room: Hall A-B1)

Finding Your Way in the Gluten-free Maze

Research indicates celiac disease is more prevalent than previously thought and may occur throughout life—a likely contributing factor in the recent significant increase in demand for gluten-free products. This session will present the latest findings about celiac disease, the food science behind the development of gluten-free products and information for registered dietitians to share with clients and patients. The session will also trace the development of a gluten-free product from concept to market.

Tuesday, September 27, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (Room: Ballroom 20A)

Evidence-based Nutrition Education: Effective Strategies for Improving Children's Diets

This session will focus on innovative nutrition programs being delivered to children in classrooms and communities, and how media and technology are being used as educational tools. Speakers will discuss effective tools for delivering nutrition education that improves children's diets.

ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo is the world's largest annual 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. ADA's 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. For more information, visit