Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Presents National Forum: 'Children's...

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Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Presents National Forum:
'Children's Health: The Future of Food & Nutrition Policy'

National Press Club event co-sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

WASHINGTON, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tufts University Gerald J. &
Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy will present a
national forum on June 1st in Washington, DC on the most pressing nutrition
and health policy issues affecting children.

Tufts' faculty experts in nutrition will join academic, corporate and
government colleagues for an in-depth discussion entitled: "Children's Health:
 The Future of Food & Nutrition Policy."   Topics covered include childhood
obesity, nutrition standards, global child nutrition and school food.

"We must focus on keeping this crucial subject at the forefront of our
domestic and international policy agenda," said Eileen Kennedy, dean, Tufts
University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.  "Working with our
colleagues across academia, the food and nutrition industry, government
agencies and nonprofit organizations, we will influence and change the
nutritional landscape for our children.  From mandating healthier school
meals, to combating childhood obesity to closing the gap in health
disparities, we will be better poised to institute real change in the lives of
children here and across the world."

At the June 1st event to be held at the National Press Club, expert panelists
(listed below) will present in their respective areas, followed by a Q&A
session moderated by Sally Squires of Weber Shandwick, and special remarks by
Dean Eileen Kennedy,  Linda Jo Doctor, Program Director, W.K. Kellogg
Foundation and Julie Paradis, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA.

Panelists and topics include:

    --  Dr. Christina Economos, Tufts Friedman School, "Childhood Obesity:
        Are We Getting Anywhere? Where Do We Go From Here?"
    --  Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, University of Pennsylvania, "Limitations Or
        Failures Of Current Policies As They Relate To Health Disparities"
    --  Dr. Mary Story, University of Minnesota, "Nutrition Standards and
        Competitive Foods: Impact on Children"
    --  Dr. Cathy Woteki, Mars, Inc., "Impact of Private-Public
    --  Dr. Patrick Webb, Tufts Friedman School, "Global Child

    --  Dr. Toni Liquori, Liquori & Associates and School Food FOCUS:
        "School Food: Exploring Its Potential For Transforming The Health
        and Wellbeing of Children and Communities"

The event will begin at 3:30 pm on MONDAY JUNE 1st with a reception
immediately following.  Media RSVP to Christine Fennelly at email or phone
listed below.

CONTACT:  Christine Fennelly, +1-617-636-3707 O, +1-617-899-6065 C,

SOURCE  Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Christine Fennelly of Tufts University, +1-617-636-3707 O, +1-617-899-6065 C,
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