Blog entries posted by October 8, 2012
Online Discussions until October 29, 2012
Topic I: Nutrition Education & Promotion
blogged & discussed by: A1-A6
commented by: B1-B6
- 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Executive Summary
- SNAPed Fact Sheet and SNAPed Provision
- Explore SuperTracker
- What are some of the major challenges the USDA faces in creating and communicating dietary guidelines to Americans?
- How might these challenges be tackled given the current budgetary climate as well as political climate?
Topic II: Child Nutrition in Schools
blogged & discussed by: B1-B6
Commented by: C1-C6
- Read School Food Service Costs: Location Matters
- Learn about the Smarter Lunch Room Movement, watch videos, read articles, review tips
- Learn about the Salad Bars to Schools program
Propose a concrete way to provide grants to expand salad bars to schools in a manner that is sustainable, low-cost and achieves the goal of increasing intake of fruits & vegetables. Describe eligibility criteria, measurable outcomes, budgetary requirements and timeline.
Topic III: Food and Menu Labeling
blogged & discussed by: C1-C6
commented by: D1-D6
- Amber Waves 2011 article: Will Calorie Labeling in Restaurants make a difference?
- Systematic Review of literature on Calorie menu labeling in Quick-Service restaurants
- Marion Nestle’s blog on Front-of-Pack labeling (with great links!)
- Do you think that in the long-run calorie menu labeling will have any affect on dietary choices? Why?
- What are some of the challenges that the food industry (food manufacturers & food service) face in implementing nutrition information (via front-of-pack, claims or nutrition facts; and menu labeling) to consumers?
Topic IV : Food Security, Assistance and Access in the US
blogged & discussed by: D1-D6
commented by: A1-A6
- Read Food Security of SNAP Recipients Improved Following the 2009 Stimulus Package
- Read Food Assistance Landscape, FY 2011 Annual Report
- Explore USDA Food Environment Atlas
- Explore USDA Food Desert Locator
- Food desert or food swamp? Does it matter?
- Should resources be put towards combating one or the other, or on something else all together?
Blog entries posted by November 12, 2012
Online Discussions until December 1, 2012
Topic V: Food & Agriculture Policy (Farm Bill & Food Aid)
- Food Politics: What everyone needs to know (R. Paarlberg), Chapter 9 (on Sakai)
- What is the Farm Bill?
- Senate passes farm bill, but delays expected in the House
- House Agricultural Committee agrees of Farm Bill, but….
- What the proposed 2012 Farm Bill might mean for Food Assistance Programs
Given the current economy and the budget deficit that the US faces, how can one defend the existing budget to food assistance programs? What are the economic and social arguments for or against the proposals to cut $16.5 billion from SNAP over the next 10 years?
Topic VI: US Food Industry (Manufacturing, Retailing & Food Service)
- Stuffed (Hank Cardello), Chapters 2, 3, 4 (on Sakai)
- Press releases on voluntary efforts
- Can improved nutrition be good for the bottom line?
- How can the issues be framed and discussed as a win-win for both industry & public health?
Topic VII: Food marketing
- Interagency Working Group Proposal on Food Marketing to Children
- Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (since 2006)
- Trends in the Nutritional Content of TV Food Advertisements Seen by Children in the US
- Lawmakers want cost-benefit-analyses on child food marketing restrictions
- What are the arguments on each side of this food marketing restriction debate?
- What do you think it would take for restrictions on food marketing to occur?
Topic VIII: Public health sector and Private industry interactions
- TOS 2011 debate on “Food industry: friend or foe?”
- IOM Building Public-Private Partnerships in Food and Nutrition: Workshop Summary
- Public health sector and food industry interaction: it’s time to clarify the term ‘partnership’ and be honest about underlying interests
Is it naïve to think that it is possible to that the food industry can be a friend to public health? What are some of the ethnical or conflict of interests concerns that might make this challenging? How can these be addressed?