. Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities: University of South Carolina
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Symposium 2016 Program

The University of South Carolina's Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and the Environment and Sustainability Program invites faculty, staff, students, and community members to the 6th Annual Symposium, "Healthy Eating in Context: The Realities of the Dietary Guidelines”. The symposium will be held on March 18, 2016, at the Carolina Alumni Center in conjunction with the Arnold School of Public Health's 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Background & Purpose: The 2015 Dietary Guidelines have been controversial in scientific and political circles, as they play a pivotal role in informing nutrition policy in the U.S. In addition to providing Americans with guidance on how to consume a healthy diet, the Dietary Guidelines inform what foods can be served in school lunches, determine which foods are offered in the Women, Infants, and Children's (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program, and guide innovations in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The outcomes of the current debates will have important implications for improving health and preventing nutrition-related diseases in all populations, including those who are most vulnerable. The 6th Annual Nutrition Symposium will bring together new research on health disparities, social determinants, and nutrition policy that are relevant to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.

Keynote Address: “Why do large corporations get to decide what We the People eat?”

Download Audio for Keynote Address Here.

Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker: Paul Cienfuegos is a leader in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and assert the people's inherent right to govern themselves. He has been leading workshops and giving public talks across the US since 1995 when he founded Democracy Unlimited in northern California. Paul moved to Portland, Oregon in 2011, co-founded Community Rights PDX in 2012, and helped to launch the Oregon Community Rights Network in 2013. David Barsamian's internationally syndicated show 'Alternative Radio' has broadcast five of his speeches. Paul produces a weekly radio commentary & podcast CommunityRightsPDX.org/podcast, that any station can broadcast at no charge. He also produces a national 'Community Rights Update' newsletter with the latest news and analysis on the Community Rights movement, with more than 1200 subscribers. More info at PaulCienfuegos.com. And starting in late February 2016, check out his newest project in collaboration with other movement leaders - Community Rights GroundWork - a national Community Rights support network for local groups.

Contact:
For more information or questions, please contact:
Mary Wilson, MPH
Director of Capacity Building
Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities
Arnold School of Public Health, USC 
mjwilson@mailbox.sc.edu
803-707-5899

 

Symposium 2015 Program
Call for Abstracts for Symposium & Registration

Save the Date! March 20, 2015

5th Annual Symposium & Inaugural Meeting of the Southeastern University Consortium

The University of South Carolina's Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and the Environment and Sustainability Program invites researchers, staff, students, community partners, policy makers, and community members to the 5th Annual Symposium and Inaugural Meeting of the Southeastern University Consortium, "Healthy Eating in Context: Building and strengthening collaborations to address hunger, poverty, and nutrition, in the Southeast". The symposium will be held on March 20, 2015, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE for the Symposium and Welcome Reception!
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March 19, 2015
Welcome Reception for Keynote Speaker and Student Poster Competition. The welcome reception for the keynote speaker and student poster competition will start at 4:30pm and will end at 7:00pm. Come enjoy light refreshments, meet the keynote speaker, and network with faculty, staff, and students, including those from the Southeastern University Consortium. Student posters will be judged throughout the evening by attendees, and the winner will be announced by the end of the reception. See venue details and poster abstract submission details below the symposium agenda.

March 20, 2015
Plan to spend the day with us! We'll start the morning off with a panel from South Carolina community and agency partners who will address policy priorities related to SNAP healthy incentives and access to farmers markets, SNAP-Ed, and summer feeding programs, followed by a panel of hunger, poverty, and nutrition researchers from institutions across the Southeast.

Following lunch, we will hear from our keynote speaker. Richard Lucas is the Deputy Administrator for Policy Support at the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.  The Office for Policy Support conducts research and analysis that informs policymaking for and management of the Federal nutrition assistance programs, and coordinates regulatory and information collection activities for the Agency. Rich has worked at FNS since 1994.

Richard Lucas Keynote Address: "Strong Research Builds Stronger Programs - the Case for Evidence" - Mr. Lucas will focus on the importance of a strong evidence base to inform nutrition assistance policymaking and operations, offering examples of how research and analysis have enabled improvements in the Nation's nutrition assistance programs. He will also discuss the kinds of work that are most relevant and valuable in supporting the mission of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service and the programs that it administers in collaboration with its State and local partners.


The event will start around 8:15am and will formally end by 2:00pm. Additional details will be released closer to the time of the event. Below is a snapshot of the agenda for the day.



Background & Purpose: The goal of this symposium is to connect diverse communities in the Southeast who are interested in building and strengthening collaborations to address poverty, hunger, and nutrition. These interest groups include the multiple disciplines represented by academic scholars at colleges and universities, researchers from for- and non-profit organizations, policy makers, and concerned community members across the region and state. The symposium will focus on eliciting the cross-fertilization of ideas and creating meaningful linkages between these diverse interest groups in order to connect research and practice to inform policy. This event will also serve as the inaugural meeting for the Southeastern University Consortium, formed in partnership with USDA's Food and Nutrition Service Southeastern region, to convene researches to help inform food security policies and food assistance programs.

Extended Deadline
Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations (250 words or less): Faculty/staff and students are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations. The deadline for abstracts for poster presentations is 5pm on February 16, 2015. Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted related to the following focus areas:

*Food Insecurity
*Nutrition Policy
*Nutrition Communications
*Nutritional Epidemiology
*Community Engagement with Vulnerable Populations


Faculty/Staff Abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected based on the following criteria: relevance to symposium focus areas, potential for advancement of nutrition, hunger, and poverty-related research, and quality of content. Abstracts presented within the last year from national and international meetings are welcomed.

Student Abstracts will be reviewed, and if selected, will be entered into a poster competition for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. Please CLICK HERE to review the judging criteria for the student poster competition.

Faculty/Staff and Students, please CLICK HERE to upload your abstract.

As a submitting author, please certify that all co-authors agree to the submission of the abstract. You will be notified by February 16, 2015 if your abstract for a poster presentation has been accepted. Posters will be presented on March 19th during the welcome reception. Please note that posters can be no larger than 4 ft. tall x 2 ft. wide. Acceptance of abstracts for poster presentations constitutes commitment to be present.

Registration Costs:
Registration fee includes lunch and registration packet.

Early-bird Registration: January 14th - February 13th
Public Health Professionals/University Faculty and Staff- $25.00
Students and Community Members- $15.00
Community Exhibitors - $50 (includes registration for 1 person, skirted table, 2 chairs)

*Students ONLY ATTENDING - We Want StUdent Engagement to Build CommUNITY! (Closed session for students and community partners to connect for volunteer, internship, practicum, and graduate assistantship opportunities. -$5

Late Registration: February 14th - March 18th
Public Health Professionals/University Faculty and Staff- $30.00
Students and Community Members- $15.00
Community Exhibitors - $55 (includes registration for 1 person, skirted table, 2 chairs)

*Students ONLY ATTENDING - We Want StUdent Engagement to Build CommUNITY! (Closed session for students and community partners to connect for volunteer, internship, practicum, and graduate assistantship opportunities. -$5

March 20, 2015
5th Annual Symposium & Inaugural Meeting of the Southeastern University Consortium The event will start around 8:15am and will formally end by 2:00pm. Additional details will be released closer to the time of the event. Below is a snapshot of the agenda.

Onsite Registration: March 20th
Public Health Professionals/University Faculty and Staff- $35.00
Students and Community Members- $20.00
Community Exhibitors - Onsite registration will not be available for exhibitors.


Welcome Reception for Keynote Speaker and Student Poster Competition on March 19th
Registration open: January 14th - March 11th
Public Health Professionals/University Faculty and Staff - $10
Students and Community Members - $5
Registration includes light refreshments
Reception Location: Discovery-Room 140, 915 Greene St., Columbia, SC 29208
Reception Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm


Registration fee is payable with a credit card or check. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. To receive Symposium materials at registration, please register by 5:00pm on March 11, 2015. Late registration and walk-ins will be accepted as space allows, and symposium materials will be distributed as available.

Refund Policy: After your payment is received, it will be processed and cannot be refunded for any reason. Exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE for the Symposium and Welcome Reception!

Venue: The symposium will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 1101 Lincoln Street Columbia, SC 29201 Note: The symposium will be held in room Richland A, B, and C. Parking will be available onsite.

Hotel Accommodations: If you like the charm of an upscale inn right in the heart of the USC campus, you may want to consider the Inn at USC Wyndham Garden. Please call (803) 779- 7779 to make your reservation and indicate that you will be attending the Nutrition Symposium to receive a discounted rate of $120/night. Please make your reservations by Friday, February, 20, 2015. Any reservations not received by the cutoff date are subject to hotel's best available prevailing rate. Internet, parking, and a full cooked to order breakfast are included in the nightly rate. If you are interested in staying within walking distance of the Symposium, you may want to consider the Hilton Columbia Center Hotel. Please call the Hilton directly at (803) 744-7800 to make your reservation and use the group code L-USCNUT. Symposium attendees will receive a rate of $154.00 for a single or double occupancy in their King or Double Queen standard rooms, and a rate of $175.00 single or double occupancy in their upgraded King Junior Suite for the dates of March 19-20, 2015. This rate will be available as space allows. Parking is included in the nightly rate. You can also choose from a wide range of hotels at the Columbia's official tourism website.

Airport Information: The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is located six miles southwest of Columbia's central business district and is also conveniently located near interstate highways, which are centered in Columbia. These highways include I-20, I-26, and I-77. Major airlines serving the airport include American, Continental, Delta, United, and US Airways.

Contact:
For more information or questions, please contact:
Mary Wilson, MPH, Director of Capacity Building
Ranina Outing, MHA, Communications Coordinator
Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities
Arnold School of Public Health, USC
nutrinfo@mailbox.sc.edu
803-777-6363

Symposium 2014 Program
Call for Abstracts for Symposium & Registration

The University of South Carolina's Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and the Environment and Sustainability Program invites faculty, staff, students, and community members to the 4th Annual Symposium, "Healthy Eating in Context: Communicating for Change & Sustainability."

Plan to spend the day with us! We'll start the morning off with keynote speaker, Dr. Tom Baranowski, Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a faculty member of the Children's Nutrition Research Center.

The keynote address will be followed by oral and poster presentations from researchers, students, and community members, as well as a lunch designed to strengthen networks among attendees. The event will start around 8:30am and end by 4:00pm. Details of exact times will be released closer to the time of the event.

Background & Purpose: The goal of this symposium is to connect diverse communities who are interested in: utilizing technology to improve nutrition and physical activity of our citizens; benefit local economies; and create a sustainable future. These interest groups include the multiple disciplines represented by academic scholars at colleges and universities, researchers from for- and non-profit organizations, and concerned community members. The symposium will focus on eliciting the cross-fertilization of ideas and creating meaningful linkages between these diverse interest groups in order to address nutrition and public health needs.

Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations: The deadline for abstracts for oral presentations has passed. Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2014. Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted related to the following focus areas:

* Use of technology in nutrition and physical activity
* Messaging: Culture and implications for nutrition
* Framing for nutrition advocacy: Social determinants of health matter
* Innovative research methods and measures
* Climate change & sustainability: Current opportunities and future steps for communicating change

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected based on the following criteria: relevance to symposium focus areas, potential for advancement of nutrition, climate change, sustainability, and communications-related research, and quality of content. Abstracts presented within the last year from national and international meetings are welcome.

Please CLICK HERE to upload your abstract for poster presentation only. As a submitting author, please certify that all co-authors agree to the submission of the abstract. You will be notified by February 17, 2014 if your abstract for an oral presentations has been accepted. Individuals that submitted abstracts for poster presentations will be notified of acceptance beginning February 17, 2014. Acceptance of abstracts for oral and poster presentations constitutes commitment to be present.

Registration: Advanced registration for the symposium is required. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. To receive symposium materials at registration, please register by March 3, 2014. Late registration and walk-ins will be accepted as space allows, and symposium materials will be distributed as available.

Registration Costs:
(Registration fee includes lunch and registration packet)

University Faculty and Staff- $25.00 Students and Community Members- $15.00 Refund Policy: After your payment is received, it will be processed and cannot be refunded for any reason.

Registration fee is payable with a credit card or check. To receive symposium materials at registration, please complete the following steps by 12 noon on March 14, 2014:

Please register online: http://saeu.sc.edu/reg/nutrition
You can pay by credit card or check.

Community Exhibitors:
If you would like to set up a display booth for your community organization/ agency, please select that option when registering. The Community Exhibitor Form is not a substitution for individual registrations. Each community exhibitor must complete 1) a registration form; and 2) a community exhibitor's form.

The total cost is $45.00, which includes: 1) The registration fee (lunch and registration packet). 2) A skirted table and 2 chairs for the community exhibit. Community exhibitors are encouraged to register by February 21, 2014.

Venue:
The symposium will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 1101 Lincoln Street Columbia, SC 29201 Note: The symposium will be held in room Richland A, B, and C. Lunch will be provided in the Lexington Room.

Hotel Accommodations:
If you like the charm of an upscale inn right in the heart of the USC campus, you may want to consider the Inn at USC. Please indicate to the front desk contact that you will be attending the symposium. You can also choose from a wide range of hotels at the Columbia's official tourism website.

Airport Information:
The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is located six miles southwest of Columbia's central business district and is also conveniently located near interstate highways, which are centered in Columbia. These highways include I-20, I-26, and I-77. Major airlines serving the airport include American, Continental, Delta, United, and US Airways.

Contact:
For more information or questions, please contact: Mary Wilson, MPH
Arnold School of Public Health, USC
MJWilson@mailbox.sc.edu

Click here to download information.

Symposium 2013 Program
Call for Abstracts for Symposium & Registration

University of South Carolina
Center for Research on Nutrition and Health Disparities / Environment and
Sustainability Program
Call for Abstracts and Registration Information for the 2013 Symposium:

Healthy Eating in Context: Bridging Gaps, Linking Communities

Friday, March 29, 2013

The University of South Carolina's Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and Environment and Sustainability Program invites faculty, staff, students, and community members to their 3rd Annual Symposium, "Healthy Eating in Context: Bridging Gaps, Linking Communities." Plan to spend the day with us! We'll start the morning off with keynote speaker, Dr. Mariana Chilton, Associate Professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health and Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, who will share with us:


"Lessons from partnering with low-income mothers to address hunger in America: How "linking communities" brings trouble & opportunity"


This keynote address will be followed by oral and poster presentations from researchers, students, and community members, as well as a lunch designed to strengthen linkages among attendees. The event will start around 8:30am and end by 4:00pm. Details of exact times will be released closer to the time of the event.

Background & Purpose: The goal of this symposium is to connect the diverse communities of South Carolinians who are interested in nutrition research to improve the health of our citizens, local economies, and treasured environmental resources. These interest groups include the multiple disciplines represented by academic scholars at our state's colleges and universities, researchers from for- and non-profit organizations, and concerned community members. The symposium will focus on eliciting the cross-fertilization of ideas and creating meaningful linkages between these diverse interest groups in order to address nutrition needs within our state.

Call for Abstracts for Paper and Poster Presentations: Faculty members from any South Carolina-based college or university, staff, students, community groups, and community members are invited to submit a 250-word abstract to present at the symposium. Abstracts are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2013. Abstracts will be accepted related to the following focus areas:

* Bridging the scientific gaps: Connecting discovery and action for better nutrition
* Community and household food security
* Nutrition-related health communications: Culture, messaging, and mHealth promotion
* Nutrition policy, advocacy, and community organizing
* Integrating nutrition and physical activity in community health promotion
* Climate change, sustainability, and the food supply

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected based on the following criteria: relevance to symposium focus areas, potential for advancement of nutrition-related research, and quality of content. Abstracts presented within the last year from national and international meetings are welcome.

Please click here to upload your abstract. As a submitting author, please certify that all co-authors agree to the submission of the abstract. You will be notified the week of March 11, 2013 if your submission has been accepted. Acceptance of abstract constitutes commitment to present.

Registration: Advanced registration for the symposium is required. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. To receive symposium materials at registration, please register by March 22, 2013. Late registration and walk-ins will be accepted as space allows, and symposium materials will be distributed as available.

Registration Costs:
(Registration fee includes lunch and registration packet)


University Faculty and Staff- $25.00
Students and Community Members- $15.00
Refund Policy: After your payment is received, it will be processed and cannot be refunded for any reason.

Registration fee is payable with a credit card or check. To receive symposium materials at registration, please complete the following steps by March 22, 2013:

Please click here to register.

Community Exhibitors:
If you would like to set up a display booth for your community organization/ agency, please complete The Community Exhibitor Form. The Community Exhibitor Form is not a substitution for individual registrations. Each community exhibitor must complete 1) a registration form; and 2) a community exhibitor's form.

The total cost is $45.00, which includes:
1) The registration fee (lunch and registration packet).
2) A skirted table and chairs for the community exhibit.

Please complete the following steps by March 15, 2013:
1) Please click here to complete The Community Exhibitor's Form. (Note: Community exhibit information will be sent to your email address)
2) Have you also registered? If not, please click here. You can pay by credit card or check.

Venue:
The symposium will be held at the
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Note: The symposium will be held in room Richland A, B, and C. Lunch will be provided in the Lexington Room.

Hotel Accommodations :
If you like the charm of an upscale inn right in the heart of the USC campus, you may want to consider the Inn at USC. Please indicate to the front desk contact that you will be attending the symposium. You can also choose from a wide range of hotels at the Columbia's official tourism website.

Airport Information:
The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is located six miles southwest of Columbia's central business district and is also conveniently located near interstate highways, which are centered in Columbia. These highways include I-20, I-26, and I-77. Major airlines serving the airport include American, Continental, Delta, United, US Airways and Vision.

Contact:
For more information or questions, please contact:
Amy Teixeira, MSPH
Arnold School of Public Health, USC
TEIXEIRA@mailbox.sc.edu
Click here to download information.

Symposium 2012 Program
Call for Abstracts for Symposium & Registration

Call for Abstracts for Symposium & Registration Healthy Eating in Context: Local Solutions, Global Challenges Friday, March 30, 2012

Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to the 2nd Annual Symposium, "Healthy Eating in Context: Local Solutions, Global Challenges." The Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities has teamed up with the Environment and Sustainability Program to host the symposium. The morning will begin with keynote speaker, Roni Neff, and follow with oral and poster presentations. The event is expected to start around 8:30am and end by 4:00pm. Details of exact times will be released closer to the time of the event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Plan to spend the day with us. We'll start the morning off with keynote speaker, Roni Neff, and follow with oral and poster presentations. The event is expected to start around 8:30am and end by 4:00pm. Details of exact times will be released closer to the time of the event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Background & Purpose: Communities and policy makers across the nation are working to identify ways to build sustainable food systems. The motivations for building a sustainable food system vary and include desires to increase access to healthy food, provide adaptive responses to climate change, improve economic opportunity for rural and urban food producers, and address concerns about the environmental impacts of the globalized food system. This symposium will highlight the challenges facing the food system and the innovations being developed in communities.

The symposium will serve to convene university researchers and community members to encourage collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas for the sustainable food system development for the health of people and planet.

Call for Abstracts for Paper and Poster Presentations: Faculty members, staff, students, and community members are invited to submit a 250 word abstract for a presentation. Abstracts are due March 5, 2012. Abstracts will be accepted related to the following focus areas:

* The role of nutrition, agricultural, and environmental policies
* Challenges: Barriers to a healthy and sustainable diet
* Solutions: Promising approaches to geopolitical, community, and household food security
* Food wisdom: Learning from local food movements

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected based on the following criteria: relevance to symposium focus areas, potential for advancement of nutrition environment and policy related research, and quality of content. Abstracts presented within the last year from national and international meetings are welcome. Please click here to upload your abstract. As a submitting author, please certify that all co-authors agree to the submission of the abstract. You will be notified the week of March 5, 2012 if your submission has been accepted. Acceptance of abstract constitutes commitment to present.

Registration: Advanced registration for the symposium is required. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. To receive symposium materials at registration, please register by March 23, 2012. Late registration and walk-ins will be accepted as space allows, and symposium material will be distributed as available.

Registration Costs: (Registration fee includes lunch and registration packet)
USC Faculty and Staff- $25.00
Students and Community Members- $10.00
Refund Policy: After payment is received, it will be processed and cannot be refunded for any reason.

Registration fee is payable with a check. To receive symposium materials at registration, please complete the following steps by March 23, 2012:

1) Please click here to register. (Note: Registration information will be sent to your email address)
2) Make check payable to USC Nutrition Center USC Faculty/Staff: $25.00 Students and Community Members: $10.00
3) Mail a check to the address below:

Weldon Horne
USC Nutrition Center
921 Assembly Street, Room 228
Columbia, SC 29208

Community Exhibitors:
If you would like to set up a display booth for your community organization/ agency, please complete The Community Exhibitor Form. The Community Exhibitor Form is not a substitution for individual registrations. Each community exhibitor must complete 1) a registration form; and 2) a community exhibitor's form.

The total cost is $45.00, which includes:
1) The registration fee (lunch and registration packet)
2) A skirted table and chairs for the community exhibit

Please complete the following steps by March 16, 2012:
1) Please click here to complete The Community Exhibitor's Form.
(Note: Community exhibit information will be sent to your email address)
Have you also registered? If not, please click here.
2) Make check payable to USC Nutrition Center Community Exhibitor's Fee (includes registration fee): $45.00
3) Mail a check to the address below:

Weldon Horne
USC Nutrition Center
921 Assembly Street, Room 228
Columbia, SC 29208

Venue
The symposium will be held at the:
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Note: The symposium will be held in room Richland A. Lunch will be provided in rooms Richland B and C.

Hotel Accommodations :
If you like the charm of an upscale inn right in the heart of the USC campus, you may want to consider the Inn at USC. Please indicate to the front desk contact that you will be attending the symposium. You can also choose from a wide range of hotels at the Columbia's official tourism website.

Airport Information:
The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is located six miles southwest of Columbia's central business district and is also conveniently located near interstate highways, which are centered in Columbia. These highways include I-20, I-26, and I-77. Major airlines serving the airport include American, Continental, Delta, United, US Airways and Vision.

Contact:
For more information or questions, please contact:

Holly Pope, PhD, MSPH
Director of Communications
Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities
hpope@sc.edu
803.556.1122

Click here to download information.

Symposium 2011 Program
Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for Symposium
Healthy Eating in Context: The Role of the Political, Physical, Economic, and Social Structures in Nutrition
Friday, March 18, 2011

Purpose
The symposium will highlight recent advances in research on the political, physical, economic, and social structures that influence eating patterns in the interest of stimulating scientific discussion and exchange. The symposium will serve to convene USC researchers to encourage collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas. It will be a full day event with keynote speakers, oral, and poster presentations. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Background
Poor diet and physical activity are leading causes of death in the United States, second to tobacco use. Improving diet of people has proven difficult through education and information alone, and policy and environmental approaches to improving nutritionrelated health have become increasingly popular. Research on the conceptualization, measurement, and changes to eating environments is in great demand, and numerous calls for proposals from government agencies and private foundations have been issued in the past five years. USC researchers have reached national recognition of nutrition environment and policy.

Call for Abstracts for Paper and Poster Presentations
The Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities invites Affiliated Scholars and USC faculty members, staff, and students to submit a 250 word abstract for a presentation. Abstracts are due February 14, 2011.

Abstracts will be accepted related to the following three focus areas:

  • Nutrition policy
  • Food insecurity and the household food environment
  • Accessibility and availability of healthy and unhealthy foods
Abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected based on the following criteria: relevance to symposium focus areas, potential for advancement of nutrition policy and practicerelated research, and quality of content. Abstracts presented within the last year from national and international meetings are welcome.

Please click here to upload your abstract. As a submitting author, please certify that all co-authors agree to the submission of the abstract. You will be notified the week of February 21, 2011 if your submission has been accepted. Acceptance of abstract constitutes commitment to present.

Registration
There is no registration fee, but advanced registration for the symposium is required. Please click here to register. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. To receive symposium materials at registration, please register by March 10, 2011. Late registration and walk-ins will be accepted as space allows, and symposium material will be distributed as available.

Venue

The symposium will be held at the:

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Note: The symposium will be held in room Richland A. Lunch will be provided in rooms Richland B and C.

Contact
For more information or questions, please contact:

Holly Pope, PhD
Director of Communications
Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities
hpope@mailbox.sc.edu
803.556.1122