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Talk – The Sustainable Plate

September 25, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

The Sustainable Plate – Reflections of a US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Member

Speaker: Miriam Nelson, Director, Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire

Questions to be addressed in the talk:

  • How do the Dietary Guidelines for Americans impact the food system?
  • Why add sustainability to the guidelines in 2015?
  • What happened when we did?
  • Where do we go next in moving a sustainable food system forward?

Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., is the director of the Sustainability Institute and deputy chief Sustainability Officer at the University of New Hampshire. Most recently, Dr. Nelson served as associate dean of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and professor of nutrition at its Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. At the Friedman School, she was the founding director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention and co-founder of ChildObesity180.

As an international leader in research on nutrition, physical activity, and public health, Dr. Nelson has published extensive scholarly work on food policy, public health, and civic engagement. Based on her innovative research, Dr. Nelson has written ten books, including Strong Women Stay Young and four other New York Times bestsellers. Together, these books have sold over a million copies in 14 languages.

In addition to her original scholarship, Dr. Nelson has contributed broadly to public policy initiatives. In 2008 she served as the vice-chair of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also served on the 2010 and 2015 respective Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees (DGAC) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Within the 2015 DGAC, Dr. Nelson spearheaded the influential work on dietary guidance and sustainability. From 2011 to 2014 Dr. Nelson served as a member of the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (chairing in 2013).

Dr. Nelson serves on the boards of Management Sciences for Health and Newman’s Own, Inc.


September 25, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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107 Norman Smith Hall
Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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