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'Nutrition Agenda 2009' is focus of fourth Tufts Friedman School symposium

(Boston - June 10, 2009) Eileen T. Kennedy DSc, Dean of Tufts University's Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy announced the 4th Annual Friedman School Symposium, a conference for nutrition professionals that will examine critical issues facing industry, policy-makers, academics and thought leaders in the coming year.

"When we plan the annual Symposium, we search for issues where you'll find current nutrition concerns at the crossroads with new research and actionable knowledge. This year, our themes focus on pediatric obesity and uniform nutrition labeling and scoring. Both topics are of immediate concern to all persons who make policy, counsel patients, work in the food and supplement industries and conduct research," said Kennedy.

The conference will be held in Boston September 11th and 12th, 2009, and for the first time may be viewed live online, making the Symposium accessible to a broader audience. "This is our first online multi-day event, and will be the forerunner of future symposia, short courses and seminars that the Friedman School will make available to worldwide audiences." commented Kennedy.

The program for 2009 includes speakers from industry, academia, and government:


Friday, September 11, 2009

Nutrition Labeling and Scoring 2.0: What have we learned? What do we need to know?

Nutrition labeling and scoring is appearing on front-of-pack and on store shelves. Learn what each program has to offer, hear early results of consumer response and look toward the future of labeling and scoring in these informative presentations and the lively panel discussion that will follow.

  • David L. Katz MD, Chief Science Officer, NuVal Nutrition Scoring System
  • Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, Tufts University: The Guiding Stars Program: Evaluating and Extending Nutrition Profiling
  • Victor Fulgoni, PhD Nutrition Impact, LLC on Nutrient Rich Foods Index and Relationship to Better Nutrition and Health Status
  • Joanne Lupton, PhD on the Smart Choices Program
  • Barbara Schneeman, PhD, FDA Perspective

Keynote Address

John Auerbach, MBA, Commissioner, Department of Public Health, Massachusetts: "Addressing Overweight and Obesity Through Policy"

Current Research and Knowledge in Pediatric Obesity

  • Matthew Gillman, MD: Infant Feeding, Infant Weight Gain, and Risk of Obesity
  • Leann Birch, PhD: Predictors and Consequence of Eating Behavior
  • Elizabeth Goodman, MD: Social Hierarchy and Stress Associated with Adolescent Obesity
  • William Dietz, MD, PhD: Trends in Childhood Obesity: What Can We do to Reverse the Epidemic?

Panel Discussion

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Future Advances in Pediatric Obesity

Theme 1: Advances in Basic Research

  • Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, PhD: Neurological Effects of Fat Gain
  • Andrew Greenberg, MD: New Insights into Obesity and its Complications

Theme 2: New Intervention Directions

  • Christina Economos, PhD: Action-Oriented Intervention Research
  • Ian Lockwood, PE: Low Cost, No Cost Solutions- Urban Design and the Built Environment

Breakout Sessions

Hot Topics

  • Michael Holick, MD, PhD: "D-Lightful" Vitamin D: Shining Light on its Global Health Benefits
  • Michael Jacobson, PhD: Reducing & Regulating Dietary Sodium
  • Cathy Kapica, PhD: Effective nutrition communication: can we bridge the gap between nutrition science and nutrition that sells?
  • Miriam E. Nelson, PhD: Behind the Scenes: Development of the US Guidelines for Physical Activity and Nutrition


Contact: Mark Krumm
Tufts University, Health Sciences

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