Food industry coalition seeks balanced dietary guidance

A coalition of 18 food organizations, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the American Bakers Association, has formed the "Back to Balance Coalition," which aims to promote balanced, practical and achievable dietary guidance. The coalition on Dec. 9 also released results from an October 2014 survey of 300 registered dietitians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants…"Historically, we’ve seen shifts in dietary recommendations that have led to conflicting messages and confusion," said Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Ph.D., R.N., a professor of nutrition at Rutgers University. "These recommendations often have little to do with what Americans really eat, nor do they consider what working families could achieve given today’s time and economic pressures."

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Two SEBS Faculty Receive Fulbright Scholar Grants

Fulbright-logo_1Two professors from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences have received Fulbright Scholar grants for research and teaching abroad next year at institutions in Brazil. Eric Lam in plant biology and pathology will continue his work on improving biofuel production by enhancing plant sources. Daniel Hoffman in nutritional sciences will lead seminars and teach courses that promote an interdisciplinary approach to global health research and education, bridging nutrition and public health with economics, engineering, women’s studies and urban planning. Read more about all seven Rutgers Fulbright Scholars at Rutgers Today.

IFNH Student Ambassadors Reflect on Research Presentations at National Food and Health Conference

Tomato on a ForkStudent ambassadors are an integral component of the New Jersey Institution for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) mission of collective success, interdisciplinary and community responsibility. Students selected as ambassadors are undergraduates in the Nutritional Sciences Department who demonstrate professionalism and dedication to the fields of food, nutrition, and health. These students have the opportunity to represent the IFNH at various meetings and events, as well as communicate and market the IFNH to students, stakeholders at Rutgers, and to the New Jersey community at large.

In October, the student ambassadors received funding from the Institute to attend and present their research at the 2014 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA. The research presented by the students included: Comparison of Risky Eating Behaviors Between College-Age Males and Females” presented by Mary Tursi, The Influence of Specific Labels on College-Aged Students Food Choices and Taste Preferences” presented by Rebecca Tonnessen and Jesse Tannehill, and The Fry Spy: The Accuracy of Served Portion Sizes Compared to the Advertised Size” presented by Alexa Essenfeld and Miranda Schlitt.

Each of the student ambassadors took a few moments to reflect and share about their experience at the conference. [Read more…]

Shoppers Buy More Healthy Foods With Store Audio Tour

Listening to nutrition podcasts while navigating grocery store aisles increases the likelihood of consumers making healthier choices, suggests a small but intriguing pilot study…From January to May 2011, researchers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., recruited 56 shoppers, 44 women and 12 men age 41 years old on average, at a supermarket in the township of Woodbridge. The subjects listened to a five-minute podcast on an MP3 player that directed them to omega-3 foods in the store. The podcast stressed the importance of consuming seafood, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils – main dietary sources of omega-3s.

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Local Rutgers professors receive Fullbright grants

Two Central Jersey residents are among the seven Rutgers professors who have received Fulbright Scholar grants for research and teaching abroad next year at institutions in Austria, Brazil, Iceland and India…Eric Lam, of Monroe, a professor at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, will continue his work on improving biofuel production by enhancing plant sources in Brazil…Daniel Hoffman in nutritional sciences will lead seminars and teach courses that promote an interdisciplinary approach to global health research and education, bridging nutrition and public health with economics, engineering, women’s studies and urban planning in Brazil.

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