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IDFA Sponsors Keynote at Nutrition Conference, Highlights Dairy

Aug 03, 2016

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) held its annual conference July 30-August 2 in San Diego, and IDFA sponsored the keynote address. Ruth Saunders, IDFA vice president of policy and legislative affairs, gave introductory remarks for the opening keynote, emphasizing the importance of milk and dairy in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The keynote speaker was Christina Economos, an associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and at the Medical School at Tufts University. She is also the co-founder and director of ChildObesity180, an organization that aims to “do a 180” and reverse the trend of childhood obesity by combining research and evaluation, innovative strategies, multi-sector collaboration and evidence-based practices. 

Her presentation, “"Next Practices’ Requires Collaboration to Solve Complex Issues: A Case for ChildhoodObesity180,” focused on the importance of bringing together leaders from diverse disciplines to find solutions to the epidemic of childhood obesity.

SNEB’s membership consists of nutrition education practitioners and academics. Nearly 800 people attended the conference, including representatives from Chobani and Nestlé, which are IDFA members.

For more information about the conference, contact Saunders at or 202-220-3553.


Ruth Saunders, (center) IDFA vice president of policy and legislative affairs, joins Suzanne Piscopo, Ph.D, president of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (left) and Mary Murimi, president elect, Ph.D, RD, LDN.
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