Food and Nutrition
Section Newsletter
Winter 2004

Message from the Chair

This is my first “Message” to all section members as chair for 2004. First, we should all recognize that the Food and Nutrition (FN) Section had a banner year in 2003. Here are a few of the accomplishments under the leadership of our 2003 section chair, Mary Story of the University of Minnesota, made with significant contributions by many members of the Section Council:

  • Overweight Epidemic:

  • o Worked closely with APHA to develop 2003 National Public Health Week materials with the theme “Getting in Shape for the Future: Healthy Eating and Active Living” to address the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity in our country.
    o Developed a Child Overweight Web site as part of our FN Section Web site, <>. The purpose of the Child Overweight Web site is to provide information and links to resources on overweight in childhood and adolescence that can be used to promote awareness and education, improve public health practice, and strengthen public policy. The site is free to the public and can be assessed at <>.

  • Policy: Provided primary sponsorship for two APHA policy statements: “Support for WIC and Child Nutrition Programs” and “Food Marketing and Advertising Directed at Children and Adolescents.” Both of these were adopted by the organization at the 2003 Annual Meeting and are now official policy. The full texts are available on the Web at: <> [Food Marketing = 2003-17; WIC and Child Nutrition Programs = 2003-19].

  • Science: Sponsored 18 highly popular scientific and poster sessions at the APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in November 2003. Even though APHA had provided larger rooms for our sessions based on the 2002 attendance, many FN Section-sponsored sessions were standing room only or overflowing into the hallway, especially those addressing the overweight & obesity epidemic. Sincere “thanks for a job well done” to the Section’s 2003 Program Planning co-chairs, Charlene Sanders (now our chair-elect) and Barbara Polhamus.

  • Organization: Adopted an updated Section Procedures Manual to clarify responsibilities and facilitate efficient functioning of the Section leadership. The full text is available at: <>

A more complete list of recent FN Section accomplishments can be found on the Section Web site at: <>. As a result of exceptional effort by our Web site Committee Co–chairs, Dr. Paul Cotton and Dr. Dena Goldberg, the FN Section site has expanded and matured into a valuable resource for all section members and other visitors. I encourage you to add the link to your Web browser’s “favorites” list (“bookmarks” for Netscape users), and visit whenever you need information on FN section activities or contact information for our Section leadership. The link is: <>. While you are there, check out the link to the 2003 FN Section awards program, <>. The Awards Committee, chaired by Judy Wilson, did a phenomenal job in all aspects of the event. Bravo! to all of the awardees, and to Judy and her committee for making the event very special.

Beyond our Section business, we are at an interesting juncture in the field of food and nutrition. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) confirms the continued worsening of the epidemic of overweight and obesity among both adults and children in the United States. Food manufacturers are increasingly producing and marketing a range of “carbohydrate reduced” foods in response to the popularity of the Atkins diet. The domestic and export beef markets were shocked by a positive test for the “mad cow disease” (bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE]) marker in one U.S. animal whose meat had entered the market. The report at the November 2003 APHA Annual Meeting of high mercury levels in certain fish drew immediate media attention, and combined with the “mad cow” incident and more recent reports of high dioxin levels in farm-raised salmon have left some consumers confused and concerned. These situations are a challenge to the nation and an ongoing reminder of the importance of food and nutrition to the health of the American public and the interdependence of food safety with environmental and infectious disease concerns.

The Healthy People 2010 (HP2010) mid-course review for the area of nutrition and overweight was held on Jan. 21, 2004. HHS and USDA staff prepared data tables, briefing materials and presentations for review by high-level officials in both departments during the review session. The nutrition chapter of HP2010 is available on the Web at <>. The mid-course review for this chapter focuses on two critical components of the HP2010 nutrition objectives: 1) overweight, and 2) fruit and vegetable consumption. The HP2010 Nutrition and Overweight Work Group is co-chaired by Dr. Van Hubbard of HHS/NIH and Dr. Nancy Crane of HHS/FDA. Key components of the mid-course review briefing materials are now available on the Web at <>.

In the arena of food and nutrition assistance programs serving children and our nation’s low-income populations, the Sept. 30, 2003 expiration date for the authorization for WIC and many of the Child Nutrition Programs came and went without either full reauthorization or disaster. The programs continue to function under continuing resolutions law, with WIC participation reaching an all-time high of 7.87 million women, infants and children in October 2003 (the most recent month for which data are available as of this writing). On Nov. 22, 2003, President Bush signed into law P.L. 108-134 (formerly H.R. 3232) extending expiring provisions of the Child Nutrition Programs through March 31, 2004. Some of the key controversial issues in the reauthorization debate have focused on how much, if any, new funding should be devoted to these programs (some have suggested adding $1 to 2 billion), and whether certification procedures for the National School Lunch Program should be modified. Although the Senate has held a series of hearings and a number of bills have been introduced (search Thomas, <>, for “child nutrition” or for “WIC”), we may not see a full four- to five-year reauthorization this year. Speculation in Washington is that the programs will simply be extended for a short while to avoid controversy close to the Presidential election. This situation will require ongoing attention as the organization seeks opportunities to educate Congress, the Administration, advocates and the public on the recommendations contained in the official APHA policy statement on WIC and Child Nutrition (APHA Policy Statement Number 2003-19). Further, having reached record WIC participation levels at a time of fiscal imbalance, we will need to closely monitor debate on the appropriations levels for WIC, a program funded through discretionary funds (i.e., it is not an entitlement like the Food Stamp Program and the National School Lunch Program).

The Food and Nutrition Section Council will meet at APHA headquarters on Feb. 20-21, 2004 to work on Section priorities and discuss issues with APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin and other APHA staff. We have an exceptionally talented Council and encourage all section members to take an active role by volunteering to work on committees. Please see the listing of committee chairs at <>, and contact me or the chair of the committee you wish to work on. One great way to become involved is to participate in the planning and staffing of the section booth at the Nov. 6 – 10, 2004 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity to build your network with the top people in the field of public health nutrition. One last note—when you plan your travel for the Annual meeting this year, remember that we hold key section business meetings on the Saturday the meeting begins, i.e., this year on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004. Please plan your travel to attend the Nov. 6 business meetings.

Jay Hirschman, MPH, CNS
Chair, APHA Food and Nutrition Section

APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

  • Food and Nutrition Section Exhibit Summary

  • Submitted by Elvira Jarka 1/15/2004

    More than 2000 APHA members visited our booth and participated in our raffle drawing at the 131st Annual Meeting and Exposition Nov. 16-19, 2003 in San Francisco. We selected more than 40 winners over the four-day exhibit. We would like to recognize the following organizations and individuals that contributed items promoting California products: the Wine Institute, California Strawberry Commission, California Walnut Commission, California Olive Commission, Judy Wilson, Sheryl Lee and Charlene Sanders. A bookmark promoting our section and Web site was also distributed at the booth.

    Tracy Hillard was the highest scored student abstract, and her poster served as the background for the exhibit. Very positive feedback was received on her poster presentation. Thank you, Tracy - well done!

    I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many volunteers who assisted in staffing the booth and promoting the Food and Nutrition Section: Dena Goldberg, Christopher Wirth, Deborah Sica, Katrina Holt, Estella West, Ellen Harris, Annie Carr, Paul Cotton, Charlene Sanders, Jay Hirschman and Patricia Risica. Our volunteers were enthusiastic and supportive of this activity. It was great fun working together and promoting our section to the general membership.

  • The 2004 Annual Meeting and Exposition

  • The 2004 annual meeting theme is "Public Health and the Environment" and will be held Nov. 6-10, 2004 in Washington, D.C. The Food and Nutrition Section will coordinate a session with the Environment Section on environmental contaminants in the food supply and co-sponsor a session with the Maternal and Child Health Section on breastfeeding. A new addition to our program will be a session in the technology theater featuring innovative, interactive applications related to nutrition.

    The Food and Nutrition section invites abstracts in the areas of "public health nutrition" and "nutrition and physical activity." Abstracts related to the meeting theme, outstanding student abstracts, and abstracts in the following areas will be given priority for inclusion in the program:

    • Access to fruits and vegetables through community based food systems;

    • Breastfeeding as a predictor of future health;

    • Changing the food environment through nutrition labeling of commercial/restaurant foods;

    • Changing the nutrition and physical activity environment through faith-based initiatives;

    • Effects of biotechnology on food, health and the environment;

    • Environmental contaminants in the food supply;

    • Environmental factors in the obesity crisis;

    • Federal, state or local policies and their implications for environmental issues affecting food safety and food security (e.g. intentional contamination of the food supply);

    • Food insecurity, federal food program participation, and health;

    • Impact of nutrition and physical activity on the social environment of older adults;

    • Influencing policy makers on nutrition and physical activity : state examples;
    • Interactive technology: applications related to nutrition, food security, food systems;

    • Issues in measuring dietary intake: DRIs, FFQs and portion size;

    • Policies affecting food choices in the school environment; and

    • Youth obesity epidemic: public health approaches that work.

    Preference will be given to abstracts presenting program design/methodology, scientific research and program evaluation results. We are encouraging students to submit abstracts. An award will be presented for the student abstract receiving the highest score from reviewers. We hope to see you at the annual meeting.

Food and Nutrition Section News

  • Food and Nutrition Section Roster

  • Check out the current Food and Nutrition Section Council and Committee Chairs for 2004.

    Now is your time to get involved in the Food and Nutrition Section. Check out the roster of Food and Nutrition Section Council and Committee Chairs for a list of current vacancies. If you are interested in one of the positions, contact:

    Jay Hirschman, MPH, CNS
    Office of Analysis, Nutrition and Evaluation
    USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
    3101 Park Center Drive
    Alexandria, VA 22302
    Phone: (703) 305-2117
    Fax: (703) 305-2576
    (also copy to

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APHA Advocacy and Policy News

  • APHA 2003 Governing Council Report

  • The Food and Nutrition Section representatives to the 2003 APHA Governing Council (GC) were returning Councilors Geraldine Perry-Allen and Noel Chavez and new Councilor Joan Trendell. Meetings of the GC were held Saturday, Nov. 15, Sunday, Nov. 16, and Tuesday, Nov. 18.

    The Saturday session began with a report from APHA President Jay Glasser who reported Association highlights for 2003 as being the Strategic Planning activities of the past year and the report made by the Task Force for Association Improvement and Reorganization (TFAIR). In addition, he noted the successful mid-year meeting of the GC by conference call in September, a first for the Association outside its Annual Meeting. During that meeting, the GC voted to change the fiscal year from January-December to July-June, which will allow for the net fiscal impact from the Annual Meeting to become a manageable factor in the annual APHA budget since the Annual Meeting would occur earlier in the fiscal year. This change will go into effect July 1, 2004.

    The Candidates Forum allowed GC members to hear statements and responses to questions from President-elect and Executive Board candidates. The nominees represented a variety of public health practice areas as well as geographic locations. For the first time, the six executive board candidates were presented as a slate for three positions, as opposed to pairing two candidates for each position (position A, B or C). This resulted in the top three candidates with the most votes winning the election for the three positions. The election took place during the Tuesday session of the GC with the following individuals elected:

    Walter Tsou

    Executive Board:
    Karen Valenzuela
    Terri Wright
    Oliver Fein

    In his report, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin highlighted the work and accomplishments of the Association during the past year. An improved financial position (a balanced budget is expected for 2003), increased visibility and relevance, and efforts to improve internal infrastructure were noted. In addition, advocacy efforts have benefited from a focused and effective effort to address increasing health care access, eliminating disparities in health and rebuilding the public health infrastructure. Efforts to expand APHA's membership and improve Section communications (both between APHA and Sections and membership within Sections) were highlighted in a more detailed written report provided. In the coming year, Dr. Benjamin expects priorities to be 1) assuring a smooth transition to the new budgeting year, and 2) a technology needs assessment for the Association.

    Also on Saturday, several reports from the Executive Board were made including that of APHA Executive Board Chairperson, Shelly Hearne, who noted that “APHA was at the peak of the 'perfect storm' last year, complete with three major fronts—a fiscal crisis, changing leadership and an aging association structure with a dwindling membership.” She went on to report that she believes that activities of the past year have assisted APHA in becoming a healthier organization. One item of note was the effort to develop an APHA policy manual, which will assist all organizational units in explaining administrative rules, practices and structures. This document is available to members on the APHA Web site.

    APHA Treasurer Melvin Shipp reported that APHA closed 2002 with a small (less than 1 percent of annual operating costs) surplus of revenue, a first for the organization in five years. In addition, the Association received an unqualified opinion with no material weaknesses on it financial statements from its auditor. A six-month extension of the ’03 budget was approved to cover the transitional period of Jan. 1-June 30, 2004.

    Strategic Planning Committee Chair Ed Marshall reported on progress on developing a Strategic Map and Strategic Profile. A planning retreat of the Executive Board was held in the summer. Feedback from the GC on the work thus far was gathered at a discussion session held Sunday morning. As the plan is implemented, APHA staff will develop a 6-12 month work plan focusing on strategic priorities and objective outlined in the Strategic Map. The strategic planning process will be incorporated into the Executive Board’s annual agenda.

    Another report of note was that of TFAIR. During the past year, TFAIR solicited input from APHA members, and the findings were detailed. Improvement steps for consideration by the Executive Board and the GC were presented. In addition, TFAIR requested support to continue its work for at least another year, which was approved by the GC. Additional information on TFAIR is available on the APHA Web site.

    The Joint Policy Committee archiving project that focused on a systematic review and archiving of APHA policies was discussed, and on Tuesday the process was approved by the GC. In addition, the GC passed a consent calendar listing policies to be archived.

    The Nominating Committee Workgroup recommended changes that were approved by the GC, which expands the Nominating Committee from six to nine members.

    The Committee on Constitution and Bylaws reported that a request to amend the bylaws so that the Chairpersons of the Committee on Affiliates, Intersectional Council and the Public Health Student Caucus be voting rather than non-voting members of the Executive Board had been reviewed, but that the Committee had voted not to bring the amendment to the GC. However, the amendment was brought up for action from the floor of the GC. The amendment was discussed during the Tuesday session, but the amendment failed as is did not receive the two-thirds vote required.

    Other organizational units of APHA provided reports to the GC, including the Action Board, the Science Board, the Committee on Equal Health Opportunity, the Committee on Membership, the Committee on Affiliates, the Intersectional Council, the American Journal of Public Health Editorial Board, the Publications Board, and the Education Board.

    Nominations for the 2004 Nominating Committee included Food and Nutrition Section Councilor, Joan Trendell. It was noted that since the slate of candidates did not include a minority, the Equal Health Opportunity Committee would have to appoint a minority member to the committee. The election was held on Tuesday and four new members were elected to the Nominating Committee by the GC with Joan not being one of them.

    Two possible themes for the 2005 Annual Meeting were presented: 1) “Public Health Strategies and Methods for the 21st Century” and 2) “The Best Defense is Good Public Health.” After suggestions from the GC and discussion the theme chosen for 2005 will include the phrase Evidence-Based Policy and Practice. The program committee will finalize the theme.

    As a result of round table discussions on Sunday, the GC identified three priority issues for action in the coming year: Access to Care; Public Health Infrastructure, and Health Disparities. These were the same priorities as the previous year.

    As usual there were many Policy Statements under consideration at the 2003 GC, of which two were put forth by the Food and Nutrition Section and passed by the GC: Food Marketing and Advertising Directed at Children and Adolescents and Support for WIC and Child Nutrition Programs. Open hearings were held on Sunday with GC action taken on Tuesday. For a full listing of passed Policy Statements, go to <>.

    Several items of New Business were considered prior to adjournment. The GC passed a motion for the use of electronic keypads for voting rather than paper ballots for elections during GC. A motion that all Late Breaking Policy Statements automatically go on the Joint Policy Committee’s agenda in March passed. There was discussion about making a hard copy of the American Journal of Public Health available to all student members (currently students must pay $30) but the issue was tabled for further study. In a discussion of the timely distribution of Executive Board minutes to the members of GC, it was decided that minutes would be distributed electronically within six weeks of their approval. In addition, GC minutes will be approved within 90 days of the meeting rather than waiting until the following Annual Meeting to do so. After the announcement of election results (see above), the GC adjourned. The GC at the 2004 Annual Meeting will begin on Nov. 6, 2004 in Washington, D.C. The 2004 Food and Nutrition Section Governing Councilors include Joan Trendell, L. Beth Dixon, and Anna-Maria Siega-Riz.

    For additional information about the reports made to and action of the 2003 Governing Council, please contact one of the Food and Nutrition Sections Councilors listed above.

  • National Public Health Week 2004

  • The observance of National Public Health Week (NPHW) will be April 5-11, 2004. The tagline is, "Eliminating Health Disparities: Communities Moving from Statistics to Solutions."Last year's NPHW was a great success with events in every state including the District of Columbia. Our message on obesity was heard in 7.4 million households. With the sponsorship of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, we anticipate this year to be the most successful yet. To find out more about National Public Health Week 2004, please visit <>.

    Current Issues in Research and Practice

    • Obesity too Expensive for States to be Left Untreated

    • A new study by RTI International and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in this month's edition of Obesity Research details the financial burdens placed on state medical programs as a result of the obesity epidemic.

      Obesity increased dramatically during the late 1990s for Americans of all ages, with nearly one-third of all adults - almost 59 million people - now classified as obese. This represents a nearly a two-fold increase in the number of obese Americans in the last two decades. Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) >30 kg/m².

      This paper provides the first state-by-state estimates of total, Medicaid and Medicare obesity-attributable medical expenses. State level estimates range from $87 million in Wyoming to $7.7 billion in California.

      The research is designed to assist policy makers in determining how best to allocate funding to help reduce obesity.

      For more information see The North American Association for the Study of Obesity Web site at <>.

      The article, "State-Level Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity" by Finkelstein et al. (Obes Res.2004; 12: 18-24) is available on the web at: <>.

    • FDA Advises Consumers to Stop Ephedra Use

    • On Dec. 30, 2003, the HHS Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a consumer alert on the safety of dietary supplements containing ephedra and notified manufacturers of its intent to publish a final rule on dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids. The rule will state that dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids present an unreasonable risk of illness or injury. The rule would have the effect of banning the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids when it becomes effective, 60 days following publication.

    • US Senate Passes IMPACT Act

    • The "Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act," or IMPACT Act is a comprehensive bill aimed at reducing obesity, particularly among children and adolescents was passed by the Senate on December 3, 2003. One provision of the legislation is to instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to report on what research has been conducted on obesity treatment and prevention, what has been learned from this research, and what future research should be conducted. Corresponding legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year. The bill still awaits House debate.The bill would
      expand an existing grant program to train health profession students in the treatment of obesity and create state and local community grants for preventive programs that encourage physical activity and better
      nutrition. A similar bill is making its way through the House. To read the bills, go to <> and search for "S. 1172" and "H.R. 716."

    • Special Report: Healthy Schools for Healthy Kids

    • Two national polls show that teachers and parents overwhelmingly agree that schools should provide daily physical education and access to healthy foods as part of the solution to our nation’s childhood obesity problem. That is a key finding of the study, Healthy Schools for Healthy Kids, funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The complete report, detailing two years of interviews, school site visits and analysis of federal, state and local policies, can be accessed on the RWJF Web site at:

    Educational, Employment, Training, and Funding Opportunities


    • Eight universities offer education and training opportunities in maternal and child nutrition to RDs seeking training in public health nutrition. The programs vary in their emphasis and length of study, but all provide support in the form of tuition assistance, fees, and a monthly stipend. The U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds these traineeships. Application deadlines for the next academic year vary by program. Contact the individual university programs listed below for information, application deadlines and application materials.

      University of Alabama-Birmingham
      Department of Adolescent Medicine
      1600 7th Avenue South
      Birmingham, AL 35233
      Attn: Bonnie Spear, PhD, RD

      Baylor College of Medicine
      Section on Neonatology
      Department of Pediatrics
      6621 Fannin Street, A 340, 1-3460
      Houston, TX 77
      Attn: Diane Anderson, PhD, RD

      University of California-Los Angeles
      Children's Hospital (UCLA)
      4650 Sunset Blvd., Mailstop #53
      Los Angeles, CA 90027
      Attn: Marion Taylor Baer, PhD, RD

      Indiana University
      Nutrition and Dietetics Program
      702 Barnhill Drive, Rm 3505
      Indianapolis, IN 46202-5200
      Attn: Karyl Rickard

      University of Minnesota
      Division of Epidemiology
      School of Public Health
      Suite 300, WBOB
      1300 S. 2nd Street
      Minneapolis, MN 55454-1015
      Attn: Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH, RD or Mary Story, PhD, RD
      e-mail: or

      University of New Mexico
      Education Office Building, Room 215
      Albequerque, NM 87131-1231
      Attn: Karen Heller, PhD

      University of North Carolina
      Department of Nutrition CB#7400
      McGavran-Greenberg Hall
      Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7400
      Attn: Jan Dodds, EdD, RD

      University of Tennessee
      Department of Nutrition
      1215 W. Cumberland Ave, 229JHB
      Knoxville, TN 37996-1900
      Attn: Betsy Haughton, EdD, RD

    • USDA Offers National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) is soliciting applications for the National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program. The program provides grants for research (fundamental research, mission-linked research, and integrated research), extension, and education programs that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of agriculture (farming, ranching, forestry, rural communities, human nutrition, processing, etc.). The complete announcement is available at <>.

    • Postdoc in nutrition (community health) available

    • The announcement is on <>. Under "Job seekers" click on "search jobs," then "view all postdocjobs." The announcement is titled "Postdoc position in nutrition (community health)." Send application materials (CV, cover letter) and references to the address listed on announcement as soon as you can. Decision must be made by April 2004.

    • The Comparative Program on Health and Society at the Munk Centre for International Studies

    • The University of Toronto invites applications for our 2004/5 CPHS Distinguished Visitor Fellowship. It carries a value up to $40,000 and is designed to assist a senior scholar or practitioner working on some aspect of the social determinants of health. The length and start dates of the award can be tailored to meet the needs of the successful applicant. While applications may be made at any time, we strongly suggest that completed applications be submitted by Feb. 13, 2004 so that they may be considered in the initial round of fellowship distribution. For more information on the CPHS, the fellowship, and to download an application package, please see our visit <> or contact the program coordinator, Dr. Joshua Goldstein, at <> or 416 946-8891.

    • Health Disparities Summer Schedule, Disparities In Health In America: Working Towards Social Justice
    • The 2004 Health Disparities Summer Schedule, Disparities In Health In America: Working Towards Social Justice is schedule for July 24 through July 30 at the University of Texas, MD Cancer Center, Houston, Texas in the Hickey Auditorium, R11.1400. The goal of the Workshop is to develop a global vision of inequalities in health and medical care.The program should be of interest to physicians, nurses, social workers,health educators and other health care professionals as well as active community members and community organizations. This workshop should also be of value to undergraduate, graduate and medical students, as well as fellows and residents.If you have an interest in receiving additional information and being contacted when the registration forms and the program goes online, please reply to Anissa Lewis at <> or call (713) 563-4006.

    • Associate Professor/Professor in Maternal and Child Health

    • The Department of Maternal and Child Health in the School of Public Health of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) invites applications for two tenure-track/tenured positions at the Associate Professor or Professor level, depending upon qualifications. Applicants should possess an earned doctorate, or equivalent, and should have extensive knowledge and experience in maternal and child health research, teaching, and service, preferably in such areas as children’s environmental health or international maternal and child health. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2004, and applicants will be accepted and reviewed until the positions are filled. The anticipated starting date for the positions is summer 2004. Applications, including a cover letter, complete resume, articles from refereed journals and at least three references should be sent to: Diane Rogers, Department of Maternal and Child Health, CB# 7445, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7445. For more information about the Department, visit <>. UNC-CH is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

    • Scholars Program

    • The Kaiser Family Foundation established the Scholars Program to honor the legacy of late U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, who was a Foundation Trustee, and to expand the pool of students of color interested in the
      field of health policy. The Scholars Program brings talented African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C,. where they work in congressional offices and learn about health policy. The application deadline is Jan. 30, 2004. The nine-week program (June 1-July 30, 2004), exposes scholars to federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to internship in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues and write and
      present a health policy research paper. The program is based at Howard University.This program is under the direction of Celia J. Maxwell, MD, Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs and Director of the Women's Health Institute at Howard University. For further information, contact Virginia Webster at (202) 865-4802 or by fax at (202) 667-5694.

    • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

    • Each year the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) offers Latinos from across the country the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the policy level in Washington, D.C. CHCI is currently accepting applications for the Edward Roybal Public Health Fellowship, which includes round trip transportation to and from D.C., a monthly stipend of $2,500, plus medical and dental benefits. The nine-month fellowship can be conducted within any organization in Washington, DC. Previous fellows have selected placements on Capitol Hill, Federal agencies such as the Department Health and Human Services, and the White House. This fellowship is an excellent opportunity for graduate Latino public health students interested in pursuing policy experience or willing to explore career possibilities in Washington, D.C. For further details, please visit the CHCI Web site at: <> The application must be postmarked by March 1, 2004.


    • Post-doctoral fellowship positions are available at the National Institutes of Health- funded Obesity Research Center at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia University. U.S. residency or citizenship is required. Applicants must have received a PhD, an MD, or a comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Salary is commensurate with experience according to NIH stipend levels with a modest supplement, and positions are for two years. Center investigators include molecular biologists, nutritionists, physicians, physiologists, psychologists, and statisticians. Areas of interest include physical activity and energy expenditure, body composition in growth and aging, fat cell and energy metabolism, regional adiposity/lipodystrophy, appetite and body weight regulation, human eating behaviors and disorders, molecular genetics, and the relation of obesity to insulin resistance and disease. An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged. The goal of this fellowship program is to train scientists to be independent researchers in obesity and related areas. Faculty are listed at <>. For information contact Dympna Gallagher, New York Obesity Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, 1111 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10025; phone (212) 523-4196; fax (212) 523-3416; <>.

    • Human Nutrition/Physical Activity Epidemiology Position Announcement Department of Human Foods, Nutrition and Exercise Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    • Position: Full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; salary commensurate with qualifications.
      Description and Responsibilities: An outstanding individual is sought to develop and/or sustain an independent extramurally funded research program in human nutrition and/or physical activity epidemiology. Applicants should possess advanced training in observational or clinical epidemiology with cross-training in human nutrition and/or exercise physiology. Specific research interests should be in the area of the influence of nutrition and/or physical activity on obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, or immunology of chronic diseases. Outstanding candidates with advanced training in molecular or genetic epidemiology are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will complement a growing department focus in exploring the roles of nutrition, foods and physical activity in the etiology, prevention, and treatment of chronic diseases. Responsibilities will include establishment of an extramurally funded interdisciplinary research program, instruction of graduate and/or undergraduate epidemiology courses and involvement in outreach. Direction of graduate student research at both the Master's and Ph.D. level is expected. Candidates must be able to function in a team setting involving faculty, staff, graduate/undergraduate students, and are expected to regularly publish in refereed journals. Depending upon orientation, excellent opportunities exist for collaboration with faculty and members of the local medical community, e.g. the Departments of Psychology, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology, Institute for Biomedical and Public Health Sciences, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, the Fralin Biotechnology Center, the Virginia Biotechnology Institute, the Carilion Biomedical Institute and/or the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
      o PhD, MD, or equivalent;
      o Demonstrated potential for excellence in research and teaching; and
      o Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
      o Postdoctoral training and experience preferred;
      o History of high quality peer reviewed publications;
      o History of extramural funding; and
      o Active funding preferred.
      Applications: Applicant screening will begin Feb. 15, 2004 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Kevin P. Davy, PhD, Search Chair. Phone: (540) 231-3487. E-mail <>. Please apply on-line at . Please send supporting documents such as transcripts and recommendation letters to:

      Sherry Terry
      Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
      338 Wallace Hall
      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
      Blacksburg, VA 24061

    • The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Department of Pediatrics University of Pittsburgh, Pediatric Obesity Center: RESEARCH DIRECTOR OF THE OBESITY CENTER

    • The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh is recruiting for the following positions for the newly established Pediatric Obesity Center. This Center, under the leadership of Silva Arslanian, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, is a multidisciplinary program for clinical care and research in pediatric obesity, nutrition, metabolism and diabetes. The Center is staffed with a nutritionist, exercise physiologist, behavioral scientist, nursing and administrative staff.
      A successful candidate will have a PhD with established expertise in nutritional sciences and/or metabolism and/or physiology. This individual and the Clinical Director would be expected to work closely with Dr. Arslanian to coordinate the clinical activity of the Center with clinical and basic research and to increase extramural funding for the Center.Interested candidates should forward their CV to: Silva Arslanian, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Director, General Clinical Research Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

    • Academy for Eating Disorders: Junior Investigator Travel Fellowship Program

    • The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) anticipates to be able to fund 14 junior investigators to attend the AEDs International Conference on Eating Disorders, Orlando, Florida (April 29-May 1, 2004). Junior Investigators will be invited to present their research at a special paper session. The travel stipend will cover the registration fee of the conference, and support for air or ground transportation and hotel accommodation. The specific amount of travel support to be offered will be determined based on the applicants permissible travel costs and total number of qualifying applicants and is expected to range from $700 to $ 1,250. Funding for this program has been requested from the National Institute of Mental Health; final approval of funding is pending. Additional funding is provided from the profits of the AED 2002 Gala and additional unrestricted educational grants. To be considered for this fellowship program, candidates need to submit:
      · A brief statement describing the applicants career goals and how the fellowship will further these goals.
      · Either: Documentation of current training status as graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or resident in a field of study of relevance to the understanding or treatment/prevention of eating disorders. Or: Hold an academic appointment no more than three years post training.
      · An abstract describing original research of the candidate to be presented at a special session during the AED conference. Undergraduate students are exempt from this requirement.
      · Two letters of endorsement.
      Successful candidates will have a demonstrated interest in research in eating and weight disorders, show promise as researchers, meet the eligibility criteria regarding trainee status, and have submitted an abstract for the AED conference that has been accepted for presentation by the AED International Conference Program Committee.
      All applications will be reviewed by the AED/NIMH Travel Fellowship Faculty Council. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; however, to ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by Jan. 31, 2004. For more information about the Academy for Eating Disorders or the International Conference, please visit the AED Web site at <>.
      Address all correspondence regarding this program to:
      Ruth H. Striegel-Moore, PhD
      Department of Psychology
      Wesleyan University
      207 High Street
      Middletown, CT 06459, USA

    • Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Health: Managing in Turbulent Times

    • With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have jointly created a seven month fellowship program, Managing in Turbulent Times, which is designed to equip a cadre of talented minority public health practitioners with the requisite skills to manage public health organizations more effectively in these times of economic uncertainty and global insecurity. Customized leadership coaching and action-and problem-based learning strategies are combined to expand and support personalized skill development throughout the fellowship experience. Through on-site and distance learning strategies, fellows will develop skills in strategic and situational analysis, civic entrepreneurship, financial management, crisis communications, diversity and management, and more. Thirty fellowship placements are available for the 2004 cohort. This fellowship program is open to emerging public health leaders from the Latino, African American, and American Indian/Alaskan Native communities. For more information please visit the Web site at <> or contact Dr. Claudia Fernandez at (919) 843-5560 or <>.

    • SAVE THE DATE!!! The Institute for Community Research is sponsoring a national conference, "Crossroads: Critical Issues in Community-Based Research", June 10-12, 2004 in Hartford, Conn. More information can be found at: <>.

    • Over the past decade, researchers, funders and community representatives have recognized that much social science, health and community development research takes place in community settings, requiring good community relationships if it is to be successful. Much, if not most, of this community-based research takes place in communities with limited social, political and economic resources, struggling with poverty, chronic and acute health problems, and cultural disenfranchisement. Many social scientists, cultural researchers and research funders attempt to conceptualize and address these inequities through research that aims at solving these problems. At the same time, communities are working to achieve similar goals through various forms of collective organizing and action. It is widely recognized that even for politically motivated researchers, these two (or more) agendas may be quite different.Resolving them while retaining a commitment to methodologically acceptable and socially responsible research is the foremost challenge for community-based research and researchers. Partnerships between communities and researchers are a critical component of any meaningful effort to develop synergistic research and social change agendas. "Crossroads: Critical Issues in Community-Based Research Partnerships"will critically explore issues related to community-based research
      partnerships, methodology, and methods of dissemination, such as:
      * Balancing research rigor with community needs
      * The use of research results;
      * How class, ethnicity, race, gender, culture and power impact research partnerships; and
      * Engaging art in community-based research.


    • Society for Nutrition Education Public Policy Program Web site

    • The primary purpose of SNE's Public Policy Program is to make recommendations on member identified priority public policy issues (e.g., Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Food Guide Pyramid, and Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity) to Congress, the White House and government agencies. By 2010, SNE will establish a plan to expand the purpose of SNE's Public Policy Program to include building the advocacy skills of SNE members. The site includes such highlights as:
      * Priority Issues;
      * SNE's Advisory Committee on Public Policy;
      * How to Get Involved / Grassroots Efforts;
      * Legislative and Regulatory Bulletins;
      * Federal Nutrition Education Related Web Site Links;
      * What's New: Positions, Policy Statements, and Letters; and
      * SNE in Action - Positions and Statements.
      More information is available at:


    • CDC has launched a peer-reviewed electronic journal focused on prevention, screening, surveillance and population-based programs that address chronic disease, the agency announced. Unveiled Dec. 15, Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy (PCD) is targeted primarily to researchers in chronic disease prevention and intervention, as well as health professionals who deal with chronic conditions and population health. <>.