Dec 2, 2002 (Washington, DC) The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) is pleased to
announce the availability of a valuable new nutrition
information resource at http://www.nns.nih.gov. The
recently launched National Nutrition Summit website
provides a wealth of information, previously unavailable
on-line, from the May 2000 National Nutrition Summit and
the historic 1969 White House Conference on Food,
Nutrition, and Health. The new website was made possible by
a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
and the ODS of the Department of Health and Human Services,
and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The website provides a synopsis of the recommendations and
highlights of speeches and discussions of the participants
at the National Nutrition Summit, held May 30 and 31, 2000
in Washington, D.C. In addition, the website includes
pertinent information from the landmark 1969 White House
Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, which is
considered the starting point for refocusing the public and
private sector on critical issues in nutrition and public
The 2000 National Nutrition Summit provided an opportunity
to highlight accomplishments in the areas of food,
nutrition, and health since the all-important 1969 White
House Conference; to identify continuing challenges and
emerging opportunities for the nation in these areas; and
to focus on nutrition and lifestyle issues across the
lifespan, particularly those related to the nation's
epidemic of overweight and obesity.
"The Summit provided an opportunity for all segments of
society committed to improving nutrition in the US to work
together in developing and implementing strategies that
will meet the continuing and emerging nutrition and
physical activity needs of our nation." said Dr. Paul
Coates, ODS Director and co-chair of the 2000 National
Nutrition Summit steering committee. "In launching this
new website," he continued, "it is our hope that
researchers, physicians, public health officials,
policymakers and the media will draw on the lessons learned
to shape future nutrition-related efforts."
The National Nutrition Summit website provides access to:
-- Speeches, videocasts, and other events that occurred
during the groundbreaking National Nutrition Summit.
-- Recommendations for research and public health
initiatives generated during the National Nutrition
-- Journal articles and program initiatives resulting from
information presented at the National Nutrition Summit.
-- For the first time ever, an electronic version of the
full report and executive summary of the 1969 White
House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health.
"The National Nutrition Summit provided an opportunity to
revisit the White House Conference of 1969 and redouble
efforts to address the chronic disease issues related to
poor nutrition and physical inactivity that confront us
today. The collaborations and action items that this
meeting produced will help guide programs and policies that
will address such pervasive problems like obesity," said
Dr. William Dietz, Director of the Division of Nutrition
and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and a member of the National Nutrition
Summit steering committee.
Johanna Dwyer, DScRD, Assistant Administrator for Human
Nutrition, Agricultural Research Service at the USDA said,
"Dr. Jean Mayer, the Director of the first White House
Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health, viewed nutrition
not only as a science, but as an agenda for solving
problems. As his assistant at that conference, I think that
he would be pleased by the progress America has made in
solving many nutrition problems. But he would be the first
to call for continued emphasis on research and education to
attack the problems of overweight and obesity and would
applaud the government-wide efforts that are now being put
into place and are documented on the website."
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