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Nutrition Today Welcomes New Columnist and Editorial Board Member

Nutrition Today is pleased to welcome 2 new additions to our Editorial Advisory Board Members, Nutrition Policy columnist Esther Myers, PhD, and Stella Volpe, PhD. Each brings wonderful experience in her field to the journal. Esther Myers, PhD, RD, is an independent consultant at EF Myers Consulting, Inc, in Beach, North Dakota, and is in phased retirement from her previous position as Chief Science Officer at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Chicago. Prior to joining the Academy staff, she completed a 25-year military career as an Air Force dietitian culminating with her being the Chief Military Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for Nutrition and Dietetics in her last 2 military assignments. She began her work creating evidence-based guidelines in the mid 1990s when the VA-DOD Guidelines for Diabetes were being created. While at the Academy, her responsibilities included the development and refinement of the Academy's Evidence Analysis Library, and she worked closely with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion as they established the Nutrition Evidence Library that supported the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines. She is an adjunct faculty at Kansas State University and North Dakota State University. She earned her bachelor's degree at North Dakota State University, her master's degree from The Ohio State University, and her doctorate from Kansas State University. Stella L. Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN, FACSM, is professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions. She is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist whose work on obesity and diabetes prevention, body composition, bone mineral density, and mineral metabolism and exercise represent more than a decade of consistent funding. Prior to Drexel University, Dr Volpe was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that appointment, Dr Volpe was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts from 1994 through 2003. Dr Volpe's research focuses on the prevention of obesity and diabetes across the life span. Her interventions include changing portion sizes in cafeterias and making physical activity more a part of a person's day to implement changes in behavior. Dr Volpe has also researched the effect of a low-impact exercise program on weight loss in elderly African American women. She is presently conducting a randomized controlled trial on the effect of magnesium on the metabolic syndrome. Dr Volpe is a faculty member of the Physiology of the Body Compartment Fellowship Program in the Department of Neuroscience, Human Nutrition and Food at the Universita Degli Studi "Tor Vergata," Rome, Italy. She was additionally selected to be a member of the Executive Committee for the International Doctoral Degree in Physiology and Nutrition at the Universita Degli Studi "Tor Vergata." Dr Volpe speaks internationally, nationally, regionally, and locally about her research, as well as on general nutrition and exercise principles to help individuals improve their lifestyles. She is an associate editor of the American College of Sports Medicine's Health and Fitness Journal. Most recently, Dr Volpe was selected to be a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. We welcome these 2 new fantastic additions who will each add wonderful insight to the journal!

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Mary Story, Nutrition Today Editorial Board Member, to Serve on 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Congratulations to Nutrition Today Editorial Board Member, Mary Story, PhD, RD, senior associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs and professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, who has been elected to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Mary is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and concurrently serves as director of the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Program that supports research on environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity. She has conducted numerous school- and community-based environmental intervention and obesity prevention studies for children, adolescents, and families. Mary was elected to the Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences in 2010 and is currently a member of the Institute of Medicine Food and Nutrition Board and the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention. The Dietary Guidelines serve as the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards, and education. In addition, the Dietary Guidelines provide key recommendations for the general population as well as specific population groups to help people choose an overall healthy diet that works for them. Every 5 years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are updated and published jointly by the US Department of Health and Human Services and USDA. The administrative responsibility for leading the process alternates between departments. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the US Department of Health and Human Services is the administrative lead for the 2015 process.

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Congratulations to the following individuals who have been also appointed to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee!


* Chair: Barbara Millen, DrPH, RD: professor, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts.


* Vice Chair: Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc: Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and director and senior scientist, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts.


* Steven Abrams, MD: professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Dr Abrams is an expert on bone health, and serves at the USDA Children's Human Nutrition Research Center at Baylor.


* Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD: professor of oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, DC.


* Cheryl Anderson, MPH, PhD: associate professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla.


* J. Thomas Brenna, PhD: professor of human nutrition, chemistry and food science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.


* Wayne Campbell, PhD: professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.


* Steven Clinton, MD, PhD: John B. and Jane T. McCoy Chair of Cancer Research, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, and professor, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University School of Medicine, Columbus.


* Gary Foster, PhD: director, Center for Obesity Research and Education, Laura Carnell Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


* Frank Hu, MD, PhD: director, Harvard Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer Center, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.


* Miriam Nelson, PhD: professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr Nelson has served on previous committee for guidelines, including those involving physical activity and exercise.


* Marian Neuhouser, PhD, RD: full member, Cancer Prevention Program, Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington. Dr Neuhouser is a well-known epidemiologist and expert on chronic disease, with a particular interest in cancers.


* Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD: professor of epidemiology and public health, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut.


* Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD: professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Names 2013-2014 Board of Directors

Seventeen national leaders in nutrition, health, and business will serve as the 2013-2014 Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The board is responsible for strategic planning, policy development, and fiscal management for the Academy. Members of the Academy's Board of Directors will serve from June 1 until May 31, 2014. They are:


* Glenna McCollum, MPH, RDN, Chandler, Arizona, President.


* Sonja L. Connor, MS, RDN, LD, Portland, Oregon, President-elect.


* Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RDN, CD, FADA, Ellensburg, Washington, Past President.


* Lucille Beseler, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, Coconut Creek, Florida, Director-at-Large.


* Catherine W. Christie, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FADA, Jacksonville, Florida, Director-at-Large.


* Joseph Derochowski, MBA, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Public Member.


* Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, Naples, Florida, Past Speaker, House of Delegates.


* Linda T. Farr, RDN, LD, San Antonio, Texas, House of Delegates Director.


* Margaret P. Garner, MS, RD, LD, CIC, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Director-at-Large.


* Sandra L. Gill, PhD, Lisle, Illinois, Public Member.


* Diane W. Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, Marietta, Georgia, House of Delegates Director.


* Marcia A. Kyle, RDN, LD, CDE, Rockport, Maine, House of Delegates Director.


* Nancy M. Lewis, PhD, RD, FADA, Stokesdale, North Carolina, Speaker, House of Delegates.


* Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, Augusta, Georgia, Treasurer.


* Kathleen W. McClusky, MS, RD, FADA, Winter Springs, Florida, Academy Foundation Chair.


* Mary K. Russell, MS, RD, LDN, Chicago, Illinois, Past Treasurer.


* Elise A. Smith, MA, RDN, LD, Brandon, Mississippi, Speaker-elect, House of Delegates.


* Patricia M. Babjak, Chicago, Illinois, Academy Chief Executive Officer.




The Institute of Food Technologists is proud to announce its 2013 Fellows. This is a professional distinction given to individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The 2013 Fellows are Ashim Datta, Cornell University; Michael duBois, Rutgers Food Innovation Center; Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, Iowa State University; Lekh Juneja, Taiyo Kagaku Co Ltd; Larry Keener, International Product Safety Consultants, Inc; Lucina Lampila, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center; Chong Lee, University of Rhode Island; Gary List, USDA Regional Laboratory, Peoria; Illinois; Rosana Moreira, Texas A&M University; Witoon Prinyawiwatkul, Louisiana State University; PV Suryaprakasa Rao, Priya Foods (P) Ltd; and Martin Wiedmann, Cornell University.



Five organizations jointly announce the launch of a new interdisciplinary partnership, the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition. The Alliance's mission is to improve patient outcomes through nutrition intervention in the hospital. Representingmore than 100 000 dietitians, nurses, hospitalists, and other physicians and clinicians from across the nation, the following organizations have come together to champion for early nutrition screening, assessment, and intervention in hospitals: Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Society of Hospital Medicine, and Abbott Nutrition.


The Alliance recommends clinicians take the following steps to screen, assess, and intervene:


* screen 100% of patients for malnutrition risk upon admission


* immediately prescribe nutrition to at-risk patients



Additional information can be found at



Third International Nutrition and Diagnostics Conference

August 26-29, 2013


Olomouc, Czech Republic


International Symposium on Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition

September 9-12, 2013


Sacramento, California


20th International Congress of Nutrition

September 15-20, 2013


Granada, Spain


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting

October 19-22, 2013


Houston, Texas


American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

November 2-6, 2013


Boston, Massachusetts


American Institute for Cancer Research-VAnnual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer

November 7-8, 2013


Bethesda, Maryland


International Society of Sports Nutrition: The Art and Science of Sports Nutrition and Supplementation

November 9, 2013


London, United Kingdom


Obesity Week

November 12-16, 2013


Atlanta, Georgia


American Society for Nutrition's 2013 Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition

December 5-7, 2013


Washington, DC