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New Nutrition Society Is Born From 2 Elderly Parents!!

The merger of ASCN and SNIR is official and the new nutrition society has been officially named the "American Society for Nutrition," whose mission is to advance clinical nutrition and attract others to the field. A transitional Executive Board will be created, consisting of 4 members from ASCN Council (Dale Schoeller, Past President; Samuel Klein, President; Naomi Fukagawa, Vice President; and Stephanie Atkinson, Vice President-Elect), 4 members from ASNS Council (Kathy Rasmussen, Past President; Dennis Bier, President; Joanne Lupton, President-Elect; and Sharon Donovan, Secretary), and 1 member from SINR Council (Rebecca Stoltzfus). Richard Deckelbaum, ASCN Treasurer, will be an ex officio member of the Board. The transitional Executive Board members will serve for about 1 year and select the new society's officers.


IFT Names 2005 Congressional Science Award Winners

The Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT') 2005 Congressional Support for Science Award was recently presented to US Sen Christopher (Kit) Bond, of Missouri, and US Rep Collin Peterson, of Minnesota, as an acknowledgment of their outstanding contributions to science-based food policies during the previous year.


As a member of the Senate's Appropriations Committee and its Agriculture Subcommittee, Bond has championed the benefits of biotechnology and foods, traveled to Asia to promote the benefits of plant technology, and challenged European policies restricting the approval of genetically engineered agricultural products. He has also proposed the establishment of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Peterson is an advocate for enhancing the nation's food safety system. Peterson has championed the use of electronic tracking for livestock and supported revisions to country-of-origin labeling regulations.


Prior recipients of the IFT Congressional Support for Science Award were Sen Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, and Rep Henry Bonilla, Texas (2004); Reps Rush Holt, New Jersey, and Frank Lucas, Oklahoma (2003); Reps Nick Smith, Michigan, and Charles W. Stenholm, Texas. (2002); and Sens Thad Cochran, Mississippi, and Richard Durbin, Illinois (2001). Honorees are selected by an independent panel of IFT members.


Society for Nutrition Education Elects 2005-2006 Leadership

The Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) has recently elected its 2005-2006 officers. The new candidates took office during the SNE Annual Conference. Congratulations to all elected candidates!!


Vice President - Debra Palmer Keenan


Directors at Large - Garry Auld and Barbara Sutherland


Advisory Committee on Public Policy Cochair - Susan Roberts


Nominating Committee Cochair-elect - Madeline Sigman-Grant and Mona Sutnick


Division of Higher Education Cochair - Melanie Burns


Division of Sustainable Food Systems Cochair - Pamela Koch


Food & Nutrition Extension Education Division Chair-elect - Sue Snider


Public Health Nutrition Division Chair-elect - Jackie McLaughlin


Social Marketing Division Co-chair - Karen Fitzgerald


Social Marketing Division Secretary - Terri Verason


Nutrition Education With Industry Division Chair-elect - Lisa Katic


SNE Nominating Committee - Sarah Kuester, MS; Jean Pennington, PhD, RD; Judy Schure, MS; Elizabeth O. Tuckermanty, PhD; and Nancy Gaston, MA, RD.


Congratulations, Nutrition Educators!!


Kraft Foods Names Black to New Post as Vice President, Nutrition

Kraft Foods Inc, a global leader in branded foods and beverages, announces that Richard Black joined the company as Vice President, Nutrition. Black will be responsible for developing and leading company-wide nutrition programs. In addition, he will be responsible for nutrition strategies and guidelines, measurement of nutritional quality, and specific portfolio improvement opportunities.


He was most recently the Executive Director, International Life Sciences Institute, North America, in Washington, DC, a nonprofit research institute focusing on issues of nutrition, food safety, and consumer health.


Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program Accepting Nominations: Nutritionists Should Apply!!!!

The Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program (CHLP) is in search of outstanding community health leaders for their annual award. Each year, the CHLP recognizes 10 inspiring and largely "unsung" local community health leaders from across the United States. Recipients receive $120,000, to be used for personal and program enhancement over a 3-year period. It is a dream-come-true for these very special people who work tirelessly to provide health and social services to those most in need in our communities. The deadline for letters of intent is September 22, 2005. For more information, go to


New Efforts to Counteract Obesity in Blacks

An estimated 129.6 million Americans, or 64%, are overweight or obese. Obesity and overweight have been shown to increase the risk of developing serious and often disabling medical conditions. Adult African American women had age-adjusted obesity rates of 48.8%, compared to 30.7% for adult white women, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the period 1999-2002. African American girls and boys also had higher rates of overweight than white children in the same age groups.


The US Department of Health and Human Servcies announced the award of $1.2 million to improve efforts to reduce obesity among African Americans through a new partnership with national African American organizations, including the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, the National Urban League, and the National Council of Negro Women. Initiatives planned by these organizations include prevention, education, public awareness, and outreach activities intended to bring about a greater understanding of the impact of obesity on other conditions.


Books and Media Received

Clinical Nutrition - The Nutrition Society Textbook. Edited by Michael J. Gibney, Marinos Elia, Olle Ljungqvist, and Julie Dowsett. Blackwell Publishing; 2005. #29.95, ISBN: 0632056266.


Nutrition and Health: An Introduction. John J. B. Anderson. Carolina Academic Press; 2005. $85.00, ISBN: 0-89089-365-9. (Dr Anderson is a member of the Nutrition Today Editorial Advisory Board!!)


Strong Women, Strong Hearts: Proven Strategies Tailored Specifically for Women. Miriam E. Nelson and Alice Lichtenstein. G. P. Putnam & Sons; 2005. $25.95.


Oncogenes, Aneuploidy and Aids: A Scientific Life and Times of Peter H. Duesberg. Harvey Bialy. North Atlantic Books; 2004. $13.97, ISBN: 1-55643-531-2.


Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition. 2nd edition. Benjamin Callabero, Editor-in-chief. Elsevier Academic Press; 2005. $740.00, ISBN: 0121501108.


Nutrition Support for the Critically Ill Patient: A Guide to Practice. Edited by Gail Cresci. Taylor & Frances Group; 2005. ISBN: 0-8493-2153-0.


Principles of Nutrition Assessment. 2nd edition. Rosalind S. Gibson. Oxford University Press; 2005. $80.75, ISBN: 0-19-517169-1.


Quick & Healthy Low-fat, Carb Conscious Cooking. 2nd edition. Brenda J. Ponichtera. ScaleDown Publishing Inc; 2005. $18.95, ISBN: 0-9629160-2-1.



Second Annual World Obesity and Weight Loss Congress & Expo


September 12-14, 2005

Washington, DC


For more information, go to


American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition


October 22-25, 2005

St Louis, Mo


Contact the American Dietetic Association at 312-899-0040 or or visit


6th International Symposium on the Role of Soy in Preventing and Treating Chronic Disease


October 30 - November 2, 2005

Chicago Renaissance Hotel, Chicago, Ill


For more information, please call: 217 359-2344 or contact


American Public Health Association 132nd Annual Meeting and Exposition


November 5-9, 2005

New Orleans, La


For more information, call 202-777-2742 or go to


American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting


November 12-17, 2005

San Diego Convention Center


For more information, call 404-633-3777 x805.


Third Annual World Congress on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome


November 12-19, 2005

Palace Hotel, San Francisco, Calif


For more information, contact Nava Mekel, Course Coordinator, 18372 Clark St #212, Tarzana, CA 91356; 818-342-1889.


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