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Food and Nutrition
Section Newsletter
Fall 2005

Message from the Chair

I hope this message finds you safe and well. You are probably aware by now that the Annual Meeting has been rescheduled for Dec. 10-14 in Philadelphia due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and other areas on the Gulf Coast. APHA plans to follow the same meeting format as last year with section and other business meetings starting on Saturday, the 10th. The Food and Nutrition Section is planning what we hope will be informative business meetings for members. All members are invited to participate in the two business meetings on Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon to 1:30 and 2:00-3:30. This year we will also have a business meeting on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (before the Annual Meeting opening session). The Sunday meeting will provide an opportunity for our new (and old) Section members to meet the Section leadership, learn about Section activities, and participate in Section affairs.

Program Planning Chair Barbara Laraia and Program Planning Co-chair Sonya Jones continue to work hard on the final program. We’ve only had a few withdrawals associated with the re-scheduled meeting. This is a really good sign for our Section program, and we expect to have a quality, well-rounded, and well-attended scientific program. ‘The Gendered Experience of Food Choice’ and ‘The Obesity Epidemic: Getting Beyond Individual Choice’ are just two of the exciting titles from our Section program that includes six poster sessions, five invited sessions, and nine oral sessions. Be sure to attend our Section’s first-ever Technology Theater Session: ‘Net Worth: The Impact of Nutrition Education Using Technology’!

Congratulations to our 2005 newly-elected Section Council members.

Chair-elect – Patricia Markham Risica
Secretary-elect – Deirdra Chester
Section Council – Marcia Thomas
Governing Council – L. Beth Dixon and Katrina Holt

Because of the re-scheduled Annual Meeting, all elected Section Council members will officially begin their duties at the end of the Annual Meeting on Dec. 14.

One of the priority areas for the Section this year has been to form a working relationship with the affiliates. Patti Risica has taken the lead in this area by developing a survey sent to affiliates especially focusing on nutrition and healthy weight activities and resource needs. The survey results will help us understand how affiliates operate, inform us about the activities in which affiliates are engaged, and help us develop a plan on how to work with affiliates that meets the needs of both groups.

--Charlene Sanders, MPH, RD, CDE

APHA 2005 Annual Meeting & Exposition: Philadelphia, December 10-14, 2005

I am sure everyone is well aware that the APHA 2005 Annual Meeting and Exposition has been moved to Philadelphia due to the devastating situation that occurred in New Orleans. In preparation for the meeting, information on the awards and program is provided below. HIGXYZ1HIGZYX

Food and Nutrition Award Recipients for 2005

Please join us in congratulating the award recipients for 2005:

  • Geraldine S. Perry-Allen, DrPH, RD, Mary Egan Award  
  • Sarah Samuels, DrPH, Catherine Cowell Award
  • Margo Wootan, PhD, RD, Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award
  • Nick Bodor,  Food & Nutrition Student Abstract Award
  • Barbara Luke, ScD, MPH,  March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award

Food and Nutrition Section Program

Thanks to Barbara Laraia, PhD, MPH, RD and Sonya Jones, PhD for putting together an exciting program.  Detailed information on the 2005 program can be found at the link below.


Related Files:
Food and Nutrition Program

AHPA Advocacy and Policy News

The National Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Tracking Act, H.R. 2844

The National Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Tracking Act, H.R. 2844, needs to be a major legislative priority in 2005. This bill will be essential to maintaining the health and nutrition data collection, regular updating of the food composition data, and adequate funding for these public health measures. The data from the federal nutrition monitoring system will impact public health programs, food assistance programs, dietary guidance, food labeling and fortification, food safety, and bio-security.

This legislation assures that the federal government will always collect and analyze data on the health and dietary intakes of a nationally representative sample of the US population essential to decisions on numerous food and nutrition policies. Data from national nutrition monitoring have an impact on billions of dollars in federal expenditures on food assistance, nutrition education, bioterrorism, food safety, public health programs, and food additive and pesticide reviews and approvals. For example, recent policies related to mercury in fish, folate supplementation of the food supply, changes in nutrition labeling to curb obesity, and the recently released Dietary Guidelines are based on the federal What Americans Eat survey, part of the national nutrition monitoring system.

This bill reauthorizes the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990 (NNMRRA) that expired in 2003, after having led to the cost effective and efficient integration of the separate DHHS and USDA nutrition monitoring surveys. The results of the continuous monitoring of what Americans eat and their various health measures also leverage billions of private sector dollars that are allocated to nutrition labeling, food product development, commodity production, bioterrorism, and food safety assessments.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support the National Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Tracking Act (H.R 2844) in the 109th legislative session. We await action on this bill in the Senate and House Agriculture Committees. This legislation has already gained support from USDA, DHHS, and CDC. We want to maintain the momentum and with your help have this bill passed. To gain more details reference the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (105(8); 1196-1200), August 2005, Pages 1196-1200. If you are interested in discussing this important legislation further or would like a sample letter, please contact Nancy Chapman at (202) 659-1858 or <>.

-Nancy Chapman MPH, RD

-Leigh Ann Edwards MPH

2005 Governing Council Preparations

As we approach the APHA Governing Council meetings that will occur at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, the Food and Nutrition Section Governing Councilors look for input from Section members to assist in the following ways:

2005 Proposed Policies Review and Feedback
To date there are 13 proposed polices for the Governing Council to consider during the 2005 meeting. To access these polices go to <>.

Policies of particular interest to the Food and Nutrition Section include:

Supporting the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (LB04-3). This policy was submitted as a late-breaker by the Food and Nutrition Section last year and is now on the agenda to make it a fully adopted policy of the Association.

Protecting Human Milk From Persistent Toxic Chemical Contaminants

Responsibility of The Food and Drug Administration to Set and Enforce Lead Standards to Protect Children From Overexposure to Lead in Candy Products (LB04-2)
This policy was submitted as a late-breaker last year by another section, and members of the Food and Nutrition Section expressed some concerns with this policy.

Impending Crisis in the Public Health Workforce:Increasing and Strengthening the Public Health Workforce to Address Current and Future Challenges

The Food and Nutrition Section is making plans to submit a Late-Breaker policy related to proposed cuts in the Food Stamp Program -- more information will be published in the next Section newsletter, scheduled to be out prior to Annual Meeting.

Input on these and other polices being presented should be forwarded to Food and Nutrition Section Councilors (see contact information below).

Election of Officers Input
At the Annual Meeting the election of APHA president-elect and Executive Board members will occur. See the biographies of candidates in the August 2005 The Nation’s Health newspaper. Those nominated are:
Edwin C. Marshall, OD, MS, MPH
Deborah Klein Walker, EdD

Executive Board (three members to be elected)
Chris Day, MPH
Linda Landesman, DrPH, MSW
Andrew Dennis McBride, MD, MPH
Carles Muntaner, PhD, MPH
Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH
Ellen R. Shaffer, PhD, MPH

Feedback from Section Members will assist the Governing Councilors in voting.

Other Association Business Input
Other Association business will occur during the Governing Council sessions, including identifying Association priorities of work for the coming year, and other items not yet published in the final agenda. Discussion of other business will occur at Section business meetings that will occur during the Annual Meeting.

Member Concerns and Issues
As representatives of the Section, the Governing Councilors welcome other feedback on the Association from Section members.

Governing Councilors Contact Information
The Section’s Governing Councilors look forward to hearing from you!-
Beth Dixon at
Anna-Maria Siega-Riz at
Joan Trendell at

Help APHA Reduce the Marketing and Advertising of Nutrition Poor Foods Directed at Children’s and Adolescents

Obesity/overweight has been described as a global epidemic among children and adolescents. In addition, only 2 percent of children (2-19 years) meet the USDA’s five main recommendations for a healthy diet. While a number of factors contribute to obesity and poor diets in children, food and beverage marketing and advertising directed at children is a key area of concern.

Children are exposed to a tremendous amount of marketing, through schools, television advertising, website advergames, cross promotions with movies, contests, toys, and other youth promotions. Studies show (and companies and parents know) that food marketing affects children’s food preferences, choices, and purchase requests.

Thus, in 2003, APHA adopted a policy statement (2003-17) that recommends that children be protected from commercial influences that may adversely affect their diets, weight, or health. The policy statement includes a number of ideas for how you can work to reduce junk food marketing to children. For example, you can support APHA in this effort by:

• Writing to your Senators and Congressional Representative to ask them to cosponsor the Harkin/Woolsey bills to have the U.S. Department of Agriculture update its nutrition standards for foods sold out vending machines, cafeteria a la carte (snack) lines and other venues outside of the school lunch and breakfast programs.

• Work at the federal, state or local level to make schools advertising-free zones.

• Urge food manufacturers, fast-food restaurants, television stations, supermarkets, schools, and others not market foods of poor nutritional quality to children.

We hope you will join in this effort to support parents and protect children. For more information, contact Dr. Margo Wootan, Chair, Public Policy Committee, Food and Nutrition Section, APHA at (202) 777-8352 or <>.

Responding to Hurricane Katrina: Interview with Kim Prendergast, MS, RD, from America's Second Harvest

On October 19, Noel Chavez, PhD, RD, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University Of Illinois School Of Public Health interviewed Kim Prendergast, MS, RD, the Manager of nutrition services at America’s Second Harvest – the Nation’s Food Bank Network. The purpose of the interview was to learn about the organizations efforts in responding to the recent hurricanes in the Gulf area. As the nation’s largest network of food banks, America’s Second Harvest is the cornerstone of the emergency food system in the U.S.

Dr. Chavez: Could you please outline America’s Second Harvest’s response to Hurricane Katrina?

Ms. Prendergast: As of November 16th, 1825 truckloads of food /grocery products valued at about $84 million have been sent to the disaster areas. In the last several weeks, the network has moved about three times the amount of food and grocery product normally distributed during this period of the year. The majority of the product has come from corporate donations, and in many cases has been different types of product – first run product that wouldn’t have been donated - than what America's Second Harvest generally receives. We have found that donors and individuals have been very generous. Our organization has raised nearly $27 million in cash and pledges. There is always an outpouring of support, but for immediate relief, cash is more important to help purchase products close to the disaster sites and decrease the cost of transportation.

Dr. Chavez: What have they been doing to help re-establish area food banks?HIGXYZ4HIGZYX

Ms. Prendergast: There are five food banks primarily responsible for distributing food in the affected area. The New Orleans food bank facility suffered damage and was inaccessible due to flooding, so America's Second Harvest worked with them to open a temporary distribution site in a vacant warehouse in Baker, LA. The Baton Rouge food bank did heroic efforts to support the additional needs of the area. All five America's Second Harvest food banks in Louisiana are now operational. In Theodore, Alabama, the Bay Area Food Bank sustained some damage but was able to continue to serve the community. They have made lots of information about hurricane relief efforts, including photos and the Executive Director’s blog, available on their website at The Jackson, MS food bank was the primary distributor for Mississippi. There were 42 food banks nationwide that were involved in disaster relief, and many of the others sent trucks, drivers, and staff to help [There are 208 total banks in their network]. Various food banks also sent some of their product. All of the affected food banks are in operation now.

Dr. Chavez: What lessons have been learned through the experience?

Ms. Prendergast: America's Second Harvest has hired an additional staff person to support the network during the ongoing response to the hurricane and to help our members prepare in advance for future disasters. While disaster planning is something that all our food banks continuously work on, this year’s hurricane season has heightened the awareness for the need for disaster planning and identifying the role of the food bank as part of the larger community response. America's Second Harvest has also made good use of the outpouring of volunteer support around the country. F&N section members can go to the America's Second Harvest website at to find their local food bank if they want to volunteer locally. As nutrition professionals, there is a lot we can do as volunteers to help food banks and affected areas. This disaster also showed the food banks ways they can use volunteers more creatively, such as in nutrition education, food safety training and to help with planning for disasters, etc.

Dr. Chavez: How was America's Second Harvest able to manage the continuing needs of other food banks in the network?

Ms. Prendergast: The team worked very hard; they pulled volunteers into the national office to coordinate the relief efforts. They now have hired staff to coordinate volunteers, and another to assist with disaster relief on the ground. America's Second Harvest has agreements with FEMA and the American Red Cross to provide emergency food relief during times of disaster and our staff has been part of disaster services at the federal level coordinate and provide help that is needed. In order to help their network food banks who weren’t affected by the disaster, we have continued to utilize our new electronic food distribution system to make food donations available and continue to serve the regular needs of our members.

Dr. Chavez: What can we (as F&N section members, food and nutrition professionals) do?

Ms. Prendergast: It is a challenge for food banks and other not for profit organizations. With a disaster, attention shifts to that event. This disaster has highlighted the issue of hunger and poverty, and has given all of us an opportunity to capture Congressional and public interest in hunger and poverty. She would urge F&N section members to get involved with legislative and other efforts especially with regard to Food Stamps. There is greater public will to support Food Stamps and other programs at present. Another challenge is that a disaster shifts focus from the food and hunger needs in unaffected areas. The disaster took some resources from other food banks in that they spent some of their own dollars to help the banks in the disaster areas. So, having food drives, giving money, etc. locally are even more important now. They can use food drive items to replace what the banks sent to the relief effort. It is important for us all to think about the big picture.

Resources and Meetings

Links to Information Resources about Hurricane Katrina

American Dietetic Association List of Disaster Preparedness Resources-

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Disaster Assistance-

WIC Hurricane Katrina Disaster Response-

Food Research and Action Center: Special Hurricane Katrina Center-

School Nutrition Association: USDA Memo on Emergency Feeding of School Children in Areas Devastated by Hurricane Katrina-

Share Our Strength-

General Information on Hurricane Recovery-

American Diabetes Association: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Reponse-

American Public Health Association Hurricane Preparedness and Response-

Other Nutrition Resources

My Pyramid Resources for Kids-

Nutrition Meetings, Conferences and Activities

Oct. 6-9, 2005 - Ninth Annual Conference of the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC). Atlanta. Contact CFSC

Oct. 21, 2005 - Food Marketing to Children and the Law. Robinson Courtroom, Girardi Advocacy Center, Loyola Law School, 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles. Contact Bridget Klink; (213) 736-1407; or Michele Simon; (510) 465-0322;;

Oct. 22-25, 2005 - American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition. St Louis. Contact ADA, 216 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; (312) 899-0040; fax (312) 899-0008;;

Oct. 24-25, 2005 - 3rd National Prevention Summit. Innovations in Community Prevention. Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.;

Nov. 2-3, 2005 - Iowa Dietetic Association Annual Meeting. Ames, Iowa;

Nov. 15-16 2005 - What We Eat in America/NHANES: Understanding and Using Data Workshop. Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Beltsville, Md. Contact Alanna Moshfegh; (301) 504-0376;

Jan. 18-20, 2006 - American Heart Association Conference. Obesity, Lifestyle, and Cardiovascular Disease Symposium. Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C. Contact American Heart Association National Center, Dallas; (888) 242-2453; (214) 570-5935;;

Feb. 17, 2006 - NIDDK Clinical Obesity Research Panel (CORP) Meeting. Natcher Building, NIH Campus, Bethesda, Md. Contact Susan Yanovski; (301) 594-8882;

April 1-5, 2006 - Experimental Biology 2006. Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Contact LSRO, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 208114-3998; (301) 530-7050; fax (301) 634-7014;

Educational, Employment, Training and Funding Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Stanford Prevention Research Center The Stanford Prevention Research Center, an interdisciplinary research program on the prevention of chronic disease, is seeking applicants for postdoctoral research fellowships for 2006-2007. Fellows gain direct research experience in cardiovascular disease prevention, community and health psychology, behavioral medicine, intervention methods, clinical epidemiology, research design, and biostatistics. Concurrent enrollment in a masters degree program in clinical research methods is possible. Applicants should have interests in preventive medicine, exercise, nutrition, social and cultural determinants of health, applied biostatistics or research methods, tobacco cessation and control, child and adolescent health promotion, successful aging, or women's health. Stanford University is committed to increasing representation of women and minorities in its fellowship programs and particularly encourages applications from such candidates. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for this fellowship. Appointments are from 2 to 3 years. Applications are due by Dec. 15, 2005. Information and application procedures are on our Web site: , or write: Ms. Susan Ayres, SPRC, Stanford Medical School, Stanford, CA 94305-5705 <


The Department invites applicants for a new tenure-track faculty position in Public Health Nutrition at the assistant or associate rank. We seek candidates with qualifications and experience that bridge programs in Community Public Health and in Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as complement programs in Food Management and Food Studies. We especially seek candidates with experience conducting nutrition and public health research in community or school settings.

Responsibilities: Develop and conduct community- or school-based nutrition and public health research studies; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition and public health; advise nutrition and public health students about courses, internships, and professional opportunities; and participate in service activities appropriate to a faculty member.

Qualifications: Earned doctorate in public health, nutrition, or related discipline, with registered dietitian (RD) and/or masters degree in public health desirable. Have a strong record or potential for publication and research and external funding; experience in conducting community- or school-based nutrition and public health research studies; strong interest in teaching, advising and mentoring students.

To apply: Qualified candidates should send a cover letter discussing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names and telephone numbers of five references to: Dr. Beth Dixon, Search Committee Chair, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University, 35 West 4th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10012-1172. Tel: (212) 998-5580. Fax: (212) 995-4194. Email: (subject: faculty search). Review of applications begins November 28, 2005 and continues until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged.

Please see our website for further information about our Department ( NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.