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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the urgent need to reduce food insecurity in the United States. With the upcoming congressional reauthorizations of the Child Nutrition programs and the Farm Bill, the Bipartisan Policy Center today launched the Food and Nutrition Security Task Force to improve access to healthy foods and diet quality for all Americans. Leading this 1-year effort are co-chairs former Agriculture Secretaries Dan R. Glickman and Ann M. Veneman, chef and founder of the humanitarian food relief nonprofit World Central Kitchen Jose Andres, and FMI - The Food Industry Association President and CEO Leslie Sarasin. This year, an estimated 42 million Americans, including 13 million children, are at risk of not having enough to eat. At the same time, the nation is facing rising obesity rates that highlight the need to enhance diet quality through strengthening evidence-based nutrition standards and increasing access to healthy foods in federal food and nutrition programs.


Task force members include the following:


Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO, Feeding America


Rochelle Davis, President and CEO, Healthy Schools Campaign


Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation


Ihuoma U. Eneli, MD, Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Nationwide Children's Hospital


Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO, National WIC Association


J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Executive Vice President and COO, Trust for America's Health


Luis Guardia, President, Food Research & Action Center


Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, DBA, Advisor and Board Member, Mission Readiness


Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, PhD, Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University


Robert Paarlberg, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Wellesley College; and Associate, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs


Pam Schwartz, MPH, Executive Director, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente


Tom Stenzel, President and CEO, United Fresh Produce Association



The goal of the task force will be to assess both legislative and administrative policy opportunities and issue recommendations that will (1) improve food and nutrition security during COVID-19 and the economic recovery; (2) strengthen the Child Nutrition Programs, including the Child Nutrition Reauthorization; and (3) enhance the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other food assistance programs, including through the Farm Bill. The group will also develop ideas for public and private sector collaboration to address food and nutrition security. During the next year, the task force will hold several public events and issue a series of policy briefs with recommendations.



The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) named Paul Coates, PhD, as President for the 2021-2022 year, succeeding Lindsay Allen, PhD, who remains on the Board of Directors as Past President. His term begins on July 1, 2021. Dr Coates retired from his position as Director of the Office of Dietary Supplements in 2018, after spending 19 years working in the Office of Dietary Supplements, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

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Before that, he spent 20 years working in academics as a human geneticist and 6 years at National Institutes of Health, where he was introduced to the field of nutrition and the application of research into public policy. He received his PhD in human genetics from Queen's University in Canada and completed his postdoctoral training at University College London. His research has been focused on inborn errors of human lipid metabolism. His research studies have contributed to defining many genetic defects of human mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and led to a new understanding of the role of environmental factors, such as diet, in the manifestation of genetic disease. Dr Coates has been a member of ASN since 1996. He received ASN's Conrad A. Elvehjen Award in 2011 for public service in nutrition, and in 2013, he was inducted as a Fellow of ASN, the highest honor the society bestows. He has also served as associate editor of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. Dr Coates has published 140 peer-reviewed original research papers and 4 books. The American Society for Nutrition also welcomes the following new board members and changes in leadership:


Vice President: Martha Belury, PhD, of Ohio State University


Vice President-Elect: Kevin Schalinske, PhD, of Iowa State University


Secretary: Barbara Lyle, PhD, of B Lyle, Inc


Treasurer-Elect: April Stull, PhD, RD, FAND, of Baylor University


Director At-Large for Nutrition Population Science: Regan Bailey, PhD, MPH, RD, of Purdue University


Nominating Committee: Catherine Field, PhD, RD, of University of Alberta


New Ex-Officio Members:


Early Career Nutrition Representative: Sahar Ajabshir, MSc, PhD, of Florida International University


NBPNS Representative: Doron Kahana, MD, CPNS, of Los Angeles County Ambulatory Care Network


Sustaining Partner Roundtable, Chair: Andrew Shao, MS, PhD, of ChromaDex Corp




Congratulations to the New Board of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AND, which aims to empower current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health. Members of the Board of Directors are the following:


* Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND, Chair


* Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE, Chair-Elect


* Margaret P. Garner, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, CIC, Past-Chair


* Jennifer Nguyen, RDN, Secretary


* Livleen Gill, MBA, RDN, LDN, Treasurer


* Mary Lee Chin, MS, RD, Director


* Marcia Kyle, RDN, CDCES, LD, FAND, Director


* Susan Laramee, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND, Director


* Cynthia A. Wolfram, RDN, LD, Director


* Laurence Langholz, JD, MBA, Public Member


* Sylvia Rowe, MA, Public Member


* Samantha Rongstad, Student Member


* Ellen Shanley, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND, AND President-Elect


* Patricia M. Babjak, MLIS (Ex-Officio), AND and Foundation Chief Executive Officer




Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food & Nutrition Virtual Conference & Expo, October 16-19, 2021 (


APHA 2021: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness, October 24-27, 2021 (


The Obesity Society ObesityWeek 2021 Interactive, November 1-5, 2021 (


School Nutrition Association School Nutrition Industry Conference, January 16-18, 2022, San Antonio, Texas (


American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology Virtual Annual Meeting, February 25-28, 2022 (