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Let's Move!, MyPlate, Food Allergies, Food Safety, Processed Foods among Hottest Topics at 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo


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

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 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. The Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will be held October 6-9 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Among hot topics to be examined are the collaboration between Academy members and the White House to end childhood obesity; the evolution of agriculture based on demand for healthier foods; how government and industry can work together to improve the health of Americans; identifying and treating food allergies and intolerances; and the debate over whole versus processed foods.

The Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo is the world's largest annual conference of food and nutrition experts, with more than 8,000 registered dietitians, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, health-care providers and industry leaders attending. The Academy's conference features more than 130 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

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

Below are highlights of educational sessions at the Academy's conference.

Monday, October 8, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Room: 204ABC)
From Farm to Fork: The Evolution of Our Favorite Foods

As technology, consumer preference and knowledge change, agriculture is driven to provide healthier options in the food supply. This session will examine these advances, as well as ways that nutrition professionals can communicate this evolution to dispel the common misperceptions of such foods. 

Monday, October 8, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (Room: 204ABC)
MyPlate Report Card: Can Government and Industry Work Together for the Public Good

A panel of policy makers and industry representatives will discuss innovative partnering approaches to helping consumers understand and follow dietary guidance, such as  the principles and messages of MyPlate.

Monday, October 8, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (Room: Ballroom A)
Registered Dietitians and the White House: Teaming Up to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Speakers at this session will include Sam Kass, assistant chef and senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives at the White House, and registered dietitian Marissa Duswalt, Academy member and associate director of policy and events for Let’s Move!. They will present highlights of collaborative work with the Academy on the Let’s Move! initiative across the country, including a message of commitment from the White House and the Office of the First Lady.

Tuesday, October 9, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Room: Hall C)
Beyond Belly Aches: Identifying and Differentiating Food Allergies and Intolerances

Food sensitivities, including allergies and intolerances, are difficult to identify and misdiagnosis yields debilitating results. This session will help registered dietitians clearly understand how to differentiate between food sensitivities and find solutions.

Tuesday, October 9, 9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. (Room: Ballroom A)
Germ Warfare: The Impact of Home Food SafetyTM on Safe Eating

The national Home Food Safety program, an innovative collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods, focuses on raising public awareness of food safety and providing solutions while utilizing the expertise of registered dietitians. This session will present new data and translate it into practical strategies for registered dietitians to develop successful public education programs and build greater food safety awareness and practices.

Tuesday, October 9, Noon-1:30 p.m. (Room: Terrace Ballroom I)
Whole Foods vs. Processed Foods: Point/Counterpoint

The ongoing scientific debate surrounding health benefits of food selection and consumption continues to grow with the whole foods lifestyle movement. This session will feature two experts representing the food industry and the whole food perspective, addressing key trends and the influence of RDs within this area.

Tuesday, October 9, Noon-1:30 p.m. (Room: Ballroom B)
Health and Wellness in the Grocery Aisles: Using New Technology to Put Healthy Food on the Table

Meeting consumers where they shop and make decisions is the framework for the growing trend of nutrition promotion in the supermarket. This session will inform health professionals about how the supermarket shelf is becoming a quick and easy reference for nutrition information and will highlight innovative tools and technologies.


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) 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