Several members of the Foods and Nutrition Department were speakers at the recent American Dietetic Association National FNCE meeting. It was held in Boston in November 2010. Topics and speakers included:
Growing Healthy Children: Nutrition for the Child Care Setting, presented by Barbara Mayfield, and Lisa Graves, This session highlighted the USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant which implemented a statewide plan to train child care food service staff on planning and preparing meals and snacks based on the Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid. The needs assessment was key to creating a workshop that would motivate and inspire child care staff to implement best practices. This session showcases a program model, assessment instruments, and online resources adaptable to nutrition professionals working in child care settings. New Reasons to Season: Translating the Science of Spices and Herbs to the Table, presented by Richard Mattes, and David Herber, MD, PhD. The focus of the session was that spices and herbs not only please the palate, they may actually help improve health. A growing number of studies are exploring the potential protective benefits of spices and herbs, which are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, with levels comparable to many fruits and vegetables. The session will provide an overview of the science on spices and herbs, and offer practical applications for registered dietitians in various practice settings.
Vitamin D: Connecting Science to Health presented by Carol Boushey, and Michael Holick, PhD, MD. It included information related to the alarming increase in Vitamin D insufficiency in the U.S. has ironically coincided with an increasing recognition that vitamin D likely has a broader contribution to the protection of health and prevention of disease than previously appreciated. This session will put into perspective the rapid decline in vitamin D status; the implications of vitamin D insufficiency on skeletal, inflammatory and metabolic health; and the practical guidelines for how to get vitamin D from diet, sun exposure and supplements.
Using Technology in Dietary Assessment: From Research to Practice. Dr. Carol Boushey also presented at this session along with Amy Subar, PhD, MPH, RD. This presentation focused on accurate methods and tools to assess food and nutrient intake are essential for monitoring nutritional status, establishing associations between diet and health in epidemiological and clinical research and measuring outcomes in intervention studies. More innovative research is needed to improve the accuracy and ease of collecting dietary data for use with various age groups in a variety of settings.