Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress and Public Health Experts Issue Call to Protect and Strengthen SNAP as a 21st Century Nutrition Program

Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:12am EDT

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ADVISORY, July 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

WHAT/WHO: Capitol Hill briefing on findings and recommendations from the most
  comprehensive public health study conducted to date on SNAP, the
  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp
  Program). SNAP serves as a critical safety net for 46.2 million Americans, 50
  percent of whom are children under the age of 19.
   
  Speakers will include Members of Congress and:
   
  -- Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A.
  Director, Health and Medicine Program, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress;
  Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General; Project Director, SNAP to Health Initiative
   
  -- Walter Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H.
  Chairman and Frederick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Food Studies and 
  Public Health, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
   
  -- Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  Paulette Goddard Professor and Former Chair, Department of Nutrition, New York University
   
  -- David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.
  Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public
  Health; Director, New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Children's Hospital Boston
   
WHEN: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
   
WHERE: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385
  Washington, D.C.
   
WHY: Debate in Congress over SNAP (Food Stamps) has included proposals for
  dramatic funding cuts to the program, which 1 out of 7 Americans depend on
  for food. Protecting current funding levels for SNAP is essential given the
  nation's food insecurity crisis. There is also is an urgent need to strengthen
  SNAP to more effectively address the nation's obesity epidemic – and the
  alarming rise of obesity-related chronic diseases in children and adults.
   
  Grounded in scientific evidence, the comprehensive SNAP to Health report
  provides a roadmap for policy makers, public health professionals, researchers,
  educators, advocates and industry to work together to modernize and strengthen
  this important program for low-income Americans to help address two of the
  nation's most pressing public health challenges – food insecurity and obesity.
   
CONTACT: Berry Brady, 703.609.6643, berry@slfstrategies.com

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