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Summary of the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2011 Global Diet and Physical Activity Communications Summit: “Insights to Motivate Healthful, Active Lifestyles” 

Monday, September 19, 2011 – New York, NY


Held simultaneously with the historic 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), the International Food Information Council Foundation’s Global Diet and Physical Activity Communications Summit: “Insights to Motivate Healthful, Active Lifestyles” provided expert insights and best-practices for the use of science-based, behavior-focused communications in order to motivate individuals and families to achieve healthful, active lifestyles, with the goal of helping to reduce the incidence of NCDs.

The Global Communications Summit was an invaluable opportunity for participants to learn about communication tools and best practices while interacting with global stakeholders – from governments; communication, health, and fitness professions; civil society; nonprofits; academia; and the private sector – who are focused on science-based communications that can help promote active, healthful lifestyles.  Members of the media also attended. 

AGENDA FROM THE GLOBAL SUMMIT

10:00-10:30    Registration and Coffee

10:30-10:45    Welcome Remarks and Introductions Click here for video.

  • David Schmidt, President and CEO, IFIC Foundation
  • Nancy Wellman, PhD, RD, FADA, Chair, Board of Trustees, International Food Information Council Foundation, Former Director, National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging and Professor (retired) of Dietetics and Nutrition, Florida International University
  • Kimberly Reed, JD, Executive Director, International Food Information Council Foundation (SUMMIT MODERATOR)

 

10:45-11:30     Setting the Stage: Explaining the Rise of NCDs – Perspectives from Leading Officials

 

11:30-12:45     Understanding Consumer Behavior: Breaking Through Consumer Mindsets and Progressing Toward Optimal Health

  • Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, Senior Vice President, Nutrition and Food Safety,  International Food Information Council Foundation (PANEL MODERATOR)
  • Despina Spanou, Principal Adviser for Communication and Stakeholders, Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), European Commission, European Union Click here for video.
  • Jean-Michel Borys, MD, EPODE European Network Director and General Secretary, EPODE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK, NGO PDF of Borys's Remarks. Click here for video.
  • James O. Hill, PhD, Founding Executive Director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus PDF of Hill's Remarks. Click here for video.

 

12:45-2:00     Luncheon and Luncheon Keynote Address by U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin Click here for video

2:00-3:00     Confusion on All Sides of the Equation: Communicating Energy Balance to Decrease Obesity

 

3:00-3:20     Coffee Break

3:20-4:30     Challenges and Opportunities for Communicating to Today’s Global Consumer: Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives

  • Nancy Wellman, PhD, RD, FADA, Chair, Board of Trustees, International Food Information Council Foundation, Former Director, National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging and Professor (retired) of Dietetics and Nutrition, Florida International University (PANEL MODERATOR)
  • Jeffrey L. Sturchio, PhD, Former President and CEO, Global Health Council, and Visiting Scholar, Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise at The Johns Hopkins University. Click here for video.
  • Nigel Sunley, Global Governing Council, International Union of Food Science and Technology PDF of Sunley's Remarks. Click here for video.
  • Janet Voûte, Vice President, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé S.A., and Co-Chair of the International Food and Beverage Alliance. Click here for video.
  • Nancy Snyderman, MD, Chief Medical Editor, NBC News. Click here for video.

 

4:30-5:30     Applying Effective Risk Communication to Motivate Healthful, Active Lifestyles

  • Robert B. Gravani, PhD, Professor of Food Science, Cornell University, and President, Institute of Food Technologists (PANEL MODERATOR) PDF of Gravani's Remarks; PSA Video. Click here for video.
  • Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director, European Food Safety Authority PDF of Geslain-Lanéelle's Remarks (Note: videotaped remarks below)
  • Elisabeth Hagen, MD, Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Click here for video.
  • Madelyn H. Fernstrom, PhD, CNS,  Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Founding Director, UPMC Weight Management Center Click here for video.
  • Jordi Serratosa, PhD, European Food Safety Authority Liaison Officer to the FDA Click here for video.

 

During this session, Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority addressed the Summit attendees. Watch the video below or download a PDF of her remarks.

 

5:30-5:45     Summary and Closing Remarks

  • Kimberly Reed, JD, Executive Director, International Food Information Council Foundation (SUMMIT MODERATOR)
  • Madelyn H. Fernstrom, PhD, CNS,  Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Founding Director, UPMC Weight Management Center (SUMMIT RAPPORTEUR). Click here for video.

 

5:45-6:00     Dr. Gustavo Olaiz, Director General of Health Promotion, Mexico Ministry of Health;  Introductory Remarks on Amigo de Mi. Click here for video.

Special Presenation by Amigo de Mi. Click here for video.

6:00-7:30     Reception

View all speaker bios here.

About the International Food Information Council Foundation: Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s mission is to effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition, and food safety for the public good.  The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage, and agriculture industries. Additional information is available on the About Us section of our website.

About the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs): The historic United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs will be held on September 19-20, 2011, in New York, NY.  Additional details can be found at these websites:

United Nations: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/issues/ncdiseases.shtml

World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/nmh/events/un_ncd_summit2011/en/



IFIC Foundation Resources
Press Releases, Fact Sheets, and other documents

PRESS RELEASE: Proceedings of IFIC Foundation Global Diet and Physical Activity Communications Summit Published in Nutrition Reviews

Letters highlighting the findings of the Global Communications Summit:

Letter to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan

Letter to Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Kathleen Sebelius

Nutrition Reviews Article: Communication strategies to help reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases: Proceedings from the inaugural IFIC Foundation Global Diet and Physical Activity Communications Summit

Communication Strategies to Help Reduce the Prevalence of Non-communicable Diseases

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