Childhood obesity panel featuring assistant White House chef and Boston Public Health executive director to examine the new MyPlate dietary icon
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
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
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 childhood obesity and to provide children and families with the tools they need to lead more healthy and active lives.
Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children’s Hospital Boston has been ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report for the past 21 years. Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 395 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults.More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children’s research community. For more information about the hospital visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.