251442 How Nutrition Arises as a Focus for USDA Research, Economics, and Education

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:40 PM

Cathie Woteki, PhD , Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA, Washington, DC
Often nutrition is defined at USDA as the federal food assistance programs, but dietary guidance, nutrition research, and nutrition education emerged through provisions in various previous farm bills. The nutrition research programs at USDA were created and continually supported by the farm bill. USDA like other federal agencies have focused on a campaign to arrest obesity in America and these efforts filter out through communities through extension, land grant programs, and other USDA programs. The Economic Research Service has conducted numerous studies that examined the effectiveness of food assistance programs and have determined what it costs to purchase a healthy diet. The 2007 farm bill also created the National Institute for Food and Agriculture which consolidated the major research programs and began a competitive orientation for this research. The upcoming farm bill will certainly continue the strong support for research as fundamental to the competitiveness and strategic success of the broad range of domestic and international food, nutrition, and agriculture programs.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the broad authority for research, education and extension activities in the farm bills and the position of nutrition and food safety in these activities 2. Identify specific research initiatives that link to key public health issues, such as obesity, nutrient deficiencies, and heart disease 3. Explain how USDA identifies its nutrition research and education priorities

Keywords: Public Health Policy, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was Former Advisor to Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics and to the Office of Chief Scientist, USDA, currently I am Deputy Administrator, Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality, ARS, USDA.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.