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Thursday, May 13, 2010

May Conference

The next May conference is scheduled for May 15, 2014. More information coming soon!

The department’s annual May Conference features new research and an overview from Nutrition Science faculty and alumni. In conjunction with the May Conference, the department honors those being inducted into the Nutrition Science Hall of Fame.

The 2013 May Conference theme was "Feeding The Future."  New federal regulations in the field of school nutrition are transforming the way we offer school meals.  School food service professionals are rising to the challenge of meeting requirements set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  Not only is school nutrition a timely topic, but it is a frequently-requested "future program" topic on our conference feedback form.  This conference pulled together a team to help registered dietitians navigate the maze of changes.  Sarah Kenworthy shared about the new regulations and how schools are successfully implementing them.  Beyond just meal planning and "does it taste good," challenges include how to meet budget contraints, train staff, market the new patterns in the classroom and cafeteria, and communicate changes to parents.  Angie Frost brought us her unique experiences as a school nutrition educator and her perspective on how child and adult care food programs are adapting their menus and policies to align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Kaylyn Harrold shared her opportunities and successes in working with cafeteria managers to meet the new regulations.

But "Feeding the Future" was not exclusively about the nutrition of growing children.  Feeding the future means addressing food insecurity, creating businesses, staying abreast of new technologies, and learning about new trends in nutrition education.  Angie Abbott introduced everyone to the recent Science of Nutrition zipTrip (an electronic field trip) featuring Purdue scientists researching nutrition, physical activity, and environmental concepts that impact children's health.  Heather Eicher-Miller shared how Indiana's Emergency Food Research Network is addressing food insecurity in Indiana.  Rosemary Rodibaugh provided her rich Extension perspective on community nutrition education.  Tara Gidus shared a day in the life of a nutrition entrepreneur with an emphasis on the use of social media and technology.


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