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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Brings the World of Food and Nutrition and Philadelphia


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

The world's largest annual meeting of food and nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, will be held October 6 to 9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

FNCE attracts more than 8,000 registered dietitians, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, health-care providers and industry leaders for four days of cutting-edge nutrition science research and educational presentations, lectures, debates, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations, along with more than 350 food and nutrition-related exhibitors.

"The Academy's annual conference provides an invaluable opportunity to gather registered dietitians together with other food and nutrition professionals for four days of learning and networking, all with the goal of improving the health and lifestyles of Americans," said registered dietitian and Academy President Ethan A. Bergman.

"From the federal government to local communities, and from the farm to the dinner table, the nutritional health of Americans is one of the most important public health issues we face as a society. The Academy's annual conference provides the opportunity for the experts in virtually all aspects of food and nutrition to come together and seek solutions," Bergman said.

For the news media, the Academy's annual conference is the best opportunity to meet and hear directly from the authorities on the latest in nutrition science research; current developments in public policy and legislation; research and product developments from exhibitors; and the most recent consumer food and nutrition education initiatives.

Journalists are welcome and encouraged to cover the Academy's conference. To pre-register for media credentials, visit For more information, call 800/877-1600, ext. 4769 or 4806, or email

Highlights of the Academy's 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo include:

Saturday, October 6: Pre-FNCE Workshops will include a trip to Hershey, Pa., to experience the science of chocolate first hand; an in-depth lesson in food photography from one of the country’s top food photographers; and examination of food allergies in the foodservice, school nutrition and research settings. Advance registration by August 24 is required.

Saturday, October 6: Opening Session. Academy President Ethan Bergman will speak on the organization's priorities and initiatives. Keynote speaker Dean Karnazes, hailed as the fittest man on the planet by Men’s Fitness, is an internationally recognized endurance athlete, best-selling author and successful entrepreneur who has pushed his body to inconceivable limits.

Sunday, October 7: Expo Hall Opening. Meet face-to-face with company representatives to get updates on the latest technologies, discover new and innovative products and services and uncover emerging trends in the nutrition industry

Monday, October 8: The Academy's Research Symposium will cover nutrition science research with specific focus on what guides people’s eating habits, from innovative nutrition and physical activity interventions like the Academy's Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play program to the genetics of food perception

Monday, October 8: FNCE Excursions. A tasty and educational trip through the mushroom capital of the world; a look at the ethnic foods making their mark on the area; and insight into how an organization works with the entire community to bring healthy foods to neighbors of all ages. Advance registration by August 24 is required.

Tuesday, October 9: Closing Session. Blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer meets adversity head-on and inspires audiences to overcome life's biggest challenges, demonstrating that you don't need perfect eyesight to have extraordinary vision.

Details on these and all FNCE sessions and events are available at


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at