Symposium 2017 Program
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Background & Purpose: The 7th Annual Nutrition Symposium will bring together researchers, policy makers, community and faith-based organizations, and community members to: provide perspectives on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges in South Carolina as it relates to food justice, healthy equity, and environmental justice; and formulate an action plan for greater collaboration across these sectors for meaningful change.
Symposium 2016 Program
Background & Purpose: The 2015 Dietary Guidelines have been controversial in scientific and political circles, as they play a pivotal role in informing nutrition policy in the U.S. In addition to providing Americans with guidance on how to consume a healthy diet, the Dietary Guidelines inform what foods can be served in school lunches, determine which foods are offered in the Women, Infants, and Children's (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program, and guide innovations in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The outcomes of the current debates will have important implications for improving health and preventing nutrition-related diseases in all populations, including those who are most vulnerable. The 6th Annual Nutrition Symposium will bring together new research on health disparities, social determinants, and nutrition policy that are relevant to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.
Keynote Address: “Why do large corporations get to decide what We the People eat?”
Keynote Speaker: Paul Cienfuegos is a leader in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and assert the people's inherent right to govern themselves. He has been leading workshops and giving public talks across the US since 1995 when he founded Democracy Unlimited in northern California. Paul moved to Portland, Oregon in 2011, co-founded Community Rights PDX in 2012, and helped to launch the Oregon Community Rights Network in 2013. David Barsamian's internationally syndicated show 'Alternative Radio' has broadcast five of his speeches. Paul produces a weekly radio commentary & podcast CommunityRightsPDX.org/podcast, that any station can broadcast at no charge. He also produces a national 'Community Rights Update' newsletter with the latest news and analysis on the Community Rights movement, with more than 1200 subscribers. More info at PaulCienfuegos.com. And starting in late February 2016, check out his newest project in collaboration with other movement leaders - Community Rights GroundWork - a national Community Rights support network for local groups.
Symposium 2015 Program
Keynote Address: "Strong Research Builds Stronger Programs - the Case for Evidence" - Mr. Lucas will focus on the importance of a strong evidence base to inform nutrition
assistance policymaking and operations, offering examples of how research and analysis
have enabled improvements in the Nation's nutrition assistance programs. He will also
discuss the kinds of work that are most relevant and valuable in supporting the mission
of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service and the programs that it administers in collaboration
with its State and local partners.
The event will start around 8:15am and will formally end by 2:00pm. Additional details will be released closer to the time of the event. Below is a snapshot of the agenda for the day.
Background & Purpose: The goal of this symposium is to connect diverse communities in the Southeast who are interested in building and strengthening collaborations to address poverty, hunger, and nutrition. These interest groups include the multiple disciplines represented by academic scholars at colleges and universities, researchers from for- and non-profit organizations, policy makers, and concerned community members across the region and state. The symposium will focus on eliciting the cross-fertilization of ideas and creating meaningful linkages between these diverse interest groups in order to connect research and practice to inform policy. This event will also serve as the inaugural meeting for the Southeastern University Consortium, formed in partnership with USDA's Food and Nutrition Service Southeastern region, to convene researches to help inform food security policies and food assistance programs.
Symposium 2014 Program
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Background & Purpose: The goal of this symposium is to connect diverse communities who are interested in: utilizing technology to improve nutrition and physical activity of our citizens; benefit local economies; and create a sustainable future. Keynote speaker, Dr. Tom Baranowski, Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a faculty member of the Children's Nutrition Research Center. These interest groups include the multiple disciplines represented by academic scholars at colleges and universities, researchers from for- and non-profit organizations, and concerned community members. The symposium will focus on eliciting the cross-fertilization of ideas and creating meaningful linkages between these diverse interest groups in order to address nutrition and public health needs.
Symposium 2013 Program
Background & Purpose: The goal of this symposium is to connect the diverse communities of South Carolinians who are interested in nutrition research to improve the health of our citizens, local economies, and treasured environmental resources. These interest groups include the multiple disciplines represented by academic scholars at our state's colleges and universities, researchers from for- and non-profit organizations, and concerned community members. The symposium will focus on eliciting the cross-fertilization of ideas and creating meaningful linkages between these diverse interest groups in order to address nutrition needs within our state.
Symposium 2012 Program
Background & Purpose: Communities and policy makers across the nation are working to identify ways to
build sustainable food systems. The motivations for building a sustainable food system
vary and include desires to increase access to healthy food, provide adaptive responses
to climate change, improve economic opportunity for rural and urban food producers,
and address concerns about the environmental impacts of the globalized food system.
This symposium will highlight the challenges facing the food system and the innovations
being developed in communities.
The symposium will serve to convene university researchers and community members to encourage collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas for the sustainable food system development for the health of people and planet.
Symposium 2011 Program
Healthy Eating in Context: The Role of the Political, Physical, Economic, and Social
Structures in Nutrition
Background & Purpose: Poor diet and physical activity are leading causes of death in the United States, second to tobacco use. Improving diet of people has proven difficult through education and information alone, and policy and environmental approaches to improving nutritionrelated health have become increasingly popular. Research on the conceptualization, measurement, and changes to eating environments is in great demand, and numerous calls for proposals from government agencies and private foundations have been issued in the past five years. USC researchers have reached national recognition of nutrition environment and policy.