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South Carolina Hosts 5th Annual Nutrition Symposium & Inaugural Meeting of the Southeastern University Consortium

The University of South Carolina’s Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities (Arnold School of Public Health) 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.

The program, held from 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m., will address a variety of topics, including policy priorities related to SNAP healthy incentives and access to farmers markets, SNAP-Ed and summer feeding programs. Discussions will also focus on hunger, poverty and nutrition research in the Southeast.

Richard Lucas, Acting Deputy Administrator for Policy Support at the Food and Nutrition Service, will deliver the keynote address, titled Strong Research Builds Stronger Programs-the Case for Evidence. Lucas will discuss the importance of using evidence to inform nutrition assistance policymaking and operations. He will also elaborate on the kinds of work that are most relevant and valuable in supporting the mission of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service as well as the programs that the USDA administers in collaboration with state and local partners.

On March 19, the welcome reception for the keynote speaker will start at 4:30 p.m. and will end at 7 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments, meet the keynote speaker, and network with faculty, staff, and students, including those from the Southeastern University Consortium. A poster session will also be held at this time, representing the following topics: Food Insecurity, Nutrition Policy, Nutrition Communications, Nutritional Epidemiology and Community Engagement with Vulnerable Populations.

For more information on the Symposium, including a complete agenda, registration costs/instructions, and other important details, please visit the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities’ website.