U of G Hosts National Nutrition Conference

May 27, 2011 - News Release

Experts will tackle the latest topics in nutrition research at the annual Canadian Nutrition Society conference to be held at the University of Guelph June 3 and 4.

The national event will attract more than 400 researchers, physicians, dietitians and other professionals in nutrition research and practice from across Canada.

“The University of Guelph is an internationally recognized leader in nutrition research and in the training of undergraduates and graduates in the basic science of nutrition, so it makes sense that we would host the conference,” said human health and nutritional sciences professor Kelly Meckling, who helped organize the event.

This year’s conference will highlight U of G expertise in “Food for Health.”

“This area of research involves co-operation among government, industry and academic partners to improve nutrition education, research and practice to optimize the health of Canadians across the country,” said Meckling.

Conference topics include:

• sodium reductions in food
• health implications of dietary soluble fibre and starch
• plant sterols and health
• immigrants’ nutrition and health status
• nutrition/diet and the obesity epidemic
• new dietary reference intakes for vitamin D and calcium
• nutrition care in Canadian hospitals.

In addition to the conference, a public talk titled “Vitamin D: Do We Really Need More?” will be held June 3 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the University Club. Conference participants and members of the public are invited to attend.

For more information and a conference schedule, visit www.cns-scn.ca/CONFERENCE2011/program.asp.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982, dhealey@uoguelph.ca.

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