Current Issues in Nutrition

Despite advances in the scientific knowledge of nutrition over the past century, there is still mistrust of nutrition recommendations by the public. Media and social media amplify this mistrust by oversimplifying complex nutritional science findings or simply promoting nutrition misinformation. The 50th Current Issues in Nutrition Program will provide an overview of current research in human nutrition, ways practitioners can build and maintain public trust in that research, and resources available to help the public navigate nutrition recommendations amid concerns about government and industry bias. Featured speakers will include Dr. Woteki, who previously served as the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is currently a Professor at Iowa State University and Ms. Sylvia Rowe, past president and chief executive office of International Food Information Council and currently with SR Strategy.

View the online presentations beginning March 20. All registered participants will be emailed viewing instructions when the presentations are available. Participate in the interactive online Q&A session on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT.

Current Issues In Nutrition Logo"Knowing where your food comes from" is a growing movement in the area of consumer nutrition. Consumers are concerned about food safety and have heard about "Franken Foods" or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Consumer perceptions are driving nutrition and food labeling policy despite the science behind the safety of GMOs. Dr. Ruth MacDonald from Iowa State University and Dr. Nancy Flores with New Mexico State University are the featured speakers for the Spring 2017 Current Issues in Nutrition program. They will bring nutrition professionals up to date on GMOs with a review of biotechnology in the food system and the controversy surrounding GMOs. Participants will gain practical insight to use in consumer education.

The online presentations will be available by March 20, 2017, and all registered participants will receive an email with instructions to access the presentations. The Live Q/A Session will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:00-1:00pm CDT. That session will be live and recorded; the archived version will be posted soon after the presentation and available for review 24/7.

Mapping and visual aids are helpful tools to express concerns or opportunities for new projects or existing issues within businesses and organizations.  This online curriculum offers both a step by step process to develop place-based maps and assessments, as well as tools to enhance a business feasibility study or proposal. Participation in this program will lead to new skills in mapping techniques, unique input models to garner feedback, comprehensive reports utilizing qualitative and quantitative information, resources to find necessary data for decision making on multiple scales from business development, organizational work and community food systems assessments.