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Childhood obesity panel to examine the new MyPlate dietary icon

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November 17, 2011

Boston, Mass. - Last June, in an effort to improve food nutrition and promote healthy eating, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the White House, replaced the “food pyramid” representation with the MyPlate program based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines. MyPlate is divided into four quadrants for vegetables, fruits, protein and grains.

WHAT: Panel discussion hosted by the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital to consider such issues as:

• How are the new MyPlate dietary guidelines different from the pyramid?
• Do the new guidelines go far enough in differentiating between healthy and less healthy alternatives?
• Is dairy a good option for kids and adults alike?
• How can families cook to the guidelines at home?
• Should families rethink breakfast?


Friday, November 18, 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast and networking
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Panel presentations and discussion


Inn At Longwood Medical – Longwood Hall (the Longwood Galleria)
350 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA



David Ludwig, MD, PhD, Director, New Balance Foundation Obesity
Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital


Eric Rimm, ScD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Cara Ebbeling, PhD, Associate Director for Research and Training, New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital

Jody Adams, award-winning chef, local farm advocate and owner of Rialto Restaurant

Honored Guests:

Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Sam Kass, Assistant White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Health Food Initiatives

The event is hosted by the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital. The Center’s primary focus is to prevent childhoodobesity and to provide children and families with the tools they need to lead more healthy and active lives.


Andrea Duggan

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