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  JANUARY 21, 2011
LATEST FROM SCHOOLS OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Loma Linda Conference to Bring Awareness of Impact of Daily Food Choices

carrotsBetween buying, preparing and eating, food makes up a huge part of our lives. It also hugely bears upon society, the economy, and the environment—in addition to individual health. The Healthy People 2011 conference will study food from all these angles when it convenes March 8 and 9 at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, featuring some 20 experts in areas as diverse as public policy, chronic disease, advertising, nutrition, agriculture and more.

Big names in the world of food are part of the program. The lineup includes a keynote address from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. The director of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Thomas Frieden, will also give a presentation.

Mr. Jeffrey Smith is another key speaker. He is an author and founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology—a world leader in educating the public and policy makers about the health risks of genetically modified food (commonly known as GMOs: genetically modified organisms). Mr. Smith appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” December 7 to discuss GMOs, which marked the first time a major United States entertainment show tackled the issue. Mr. Smith’s points included the fact that studies on animals have linked GMOs to allergies, reproductive disorders, accelerated aging, and other conditions.

Bringing a perspective on how advertisers market junk food to children, Federal Trade Commission attorney Mr. Keith Fentonmiller will cover efforts this federal regulating body is making to reduce childhood obesity, including the development of standards for advertisements aimed at children in cooperation with other government agencies.

“Until recently, Americans haven’t had to think a lot about where their food comes from,” says conference coordinator Ms. Krystal Boyce, “nor have they fully digested how the food they consume actually contributes to their health, their environment, and even society.

The conference offers 12 hours of continuing professional education credit for medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, certified health educators, registered dietitians, respiratory therapists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and chaplains.

Continuing education credit is included in the conference registration fee. Pricing is $225 for one day and $300 for both days until February 1; seniors and students receive special rates. To learn more or to register, visit www.healthypeopleconference.org.