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USDA 2011 Agricultural Outlook Forum: Nutrition and Health Sessions

In “The Role of Nutrition Programs in Agriculture: From Tractor to Table,” USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has organized a session at this years Agricultural Outlook Forum addressing how the increase in consumer participation in the nutrition assistance programs has expanded FNS’ role not only among families but also in the marketplace.  This session will explore the existing and new opportunities that now exist for food distributors, manufactures, retailers, and consumers.  Speakers include: Cathleen Enright, Vice President Federal Government Affairs, Western Growers Association;  Scott Faber, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association; Jim Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center.  Julie Paradis, Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, will moderate the session.

A session titled “Health, Diet, and Exercise:  The New Look of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans” will discuss how childhood obesity poses a serious threat to the physical and emotional health of an entire generation and to the economic health and security of the Nation.  With the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion serving as the administrative lead in the revision of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the panel discussions will examine various aspects of dietary guidance and the influence of the Dietary Guidelines on purchasing and consuming a healthy diet.  Speakers include:  Dr. Robert Post, Deputy Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA; Jackie Haven, Director, Nutrition Marketing and Communication Division,  Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA; Dr. Mark Lino, Economist, Nutrition Guidance and Analysis Division, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA; and Dr. Miriam E. Nelson, Director, John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University.  Dr. Rajen Anand, Executive Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA, will moderate the session.

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