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Food and Nutrition Council

The next Food and Nutrition Council meeting is Tuesday, December 13!

The topic of the meeting "Health System Transformation: What's Food Got To Do With It?" will feature guest lecturers Sonia Angell, MD, MPH Kim Kessler, JD, and Sarah Shih, MPH from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Shauna Downs, PhD from Johns Hopkins University, and Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD, CDE, from Columbia University.




Contact Alex Sosa at or (212) 305-4808 for more information.


A Brief History

The Food and Nutrition Council was established in 2000 by Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) as a partnership between academia, government and non-government organizations, and food, nutrition, and pharmaceutical companies.  The goals of the Food and Nutrition Council are:

- to inform members of new advances by Columbia University scientists in nutrition-related research;

- to review potential national and international nutrition and health issues;

- to generate interactions between the participating groups in a wide range of nutrition-related areas, especially research and education; and

- to advocate for policies and practices that result in better nutrition and improved health.  In pursuit of these goals, the partnerships meet to explore new opportunities to positively affect human nutrition from individual, community, public health and global perspectives.

In previous roundtable meetings, the Food and Nutrition Council established its shared vision and goals and defined mechanisms to work together effectively. Roundtable activities focus on support of on-going projects related to:

- the integration of nutrition education into medical curricula

- the participation of Columbia students and faculty in the Institute of Human Nutrition and other schools/departments at Columbia University Medical Center in training opportunities in a variety of settings in order to gain a better understandings of national, international and industrial nutrition research, marketing, and consumer trends and behavior

- discussion of, and collaboration in, nutrition-related research

- conferences designed to lead to white papers for dissemination to health professionals on nutrition topics of importance to scientists, media and consumers and

- new initiatives aimed at improving insights into determinants of consumers’ nutrition-related behavior.  Other activities can include discussion of nutrition policy, development of position statements, and review of nutrition education materials for health professionals and/or the general public.


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(212) 305-4808