August 9, 2011

"What's to Eat? Deciphering Dietary Advice"

A conversation with

Marjorie Freedman, PhD

Associate Professor at San Jose State University

Santa Clara University

August 9, 2011
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Diet and nutrition are increasingly important topics to everyone from individuals to national policy makers. On the national policy side, obesity and type 2 diabetes are currently national epidemics. On the personal side, we receive advice and opinions on proper approaches to diet, weight loss and healthful eating that are often mutually exclusive and constantly changing.

National dietary guidelines published by the USDA/HHS went through their own recent change. The advisory food pyramid is gone, replaced by an iconic dinner plate (with no room left for dessert).

At our August café, San Jose State professor Marjorie Freedman will host a wide ranging discussion on nutrition and diet. As part of her talk, she will decipher the updated federal guidelines and discuss her research on environmental correlates of obesity, portion size reduction, nutrition labeling, and food waste.

Marjorie received her PhD in Nutrition Science from UC Davis and has worked in the field of nutrition for over 25 years. At SJSU, she is Associate Professor of Nutrition, Food Sciences and Packaging. Prior to joining SJSU, she worked in the food industry, for a non-profit educational company, and as a nutrition consultant.

She has consulted for Shape Up America!, The Kellogg Company, McDonalds Corp., Ketchum Communications, Murdoch books and Morrison and Forester. Commissioned by the US Department of Agriculture, she authored the paper "Popular Diets: A Scientific Review" and was faculty for the American Dietetic Association's Weight Management Certification Program.

Locally, Freedman spearheaded the effort to remove soda, chips and candy from Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose in advance of California legislation. She served on the San Jose Unified School District's SHAPE committee, the Santa Clara County Office of Education's Fit for Learning Task Force, and the Steering Committee for Healthy Silicon Valley. She is currently a Santa Clara County Health Commissioner.