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October 16, 2013
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Impact of diet, nutrition the focus of Food Day

The impact of diet and nutrition on our health and communities around the globe is the focus of the third annual Food Day Symposium at Bowie State University Thursday, Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. A live healthy cooking demonstration led by Bowie State Dining Services chefs will highlight this free event. Register online.

A student from Food Day 2012 presents the research poster for her team.

Sponsored by Bowie State’s Department of Natural Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, the symposium is one of hundreds of celebrations organized across the country to raise awareness about how food impacts health and to advocate for sustainable and affordable food sources.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Steven Shafer, the director of the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the world’s largest and the most diversified agricultural research complex. Shafer leads a team of scientists whose specialties include human nutrition, as well as plant and animal science.

Bowie State’s event brings together Prince George’s County experts in higher education, government, and nonprofit organizations to discuss overcoming the challenge of hunger and malnutrition at home and abroad, the politics of hunger and childhood obesity, and the role of diet in cancer management, among other topics.

Teams of Bowie State undergraduate students will also compete in a research poster contest focusing on their assessment of the accessibility of healthy foods in grocery stores in Prince George’s County. Their survey is part of the county Planning Department’s multi-phase study of the food system to improve access to nutritious, sustainably produced food.

Participants will end the day by voicing their opinions about how to promote healthy eating and behavior in Prince George’s County during breakout sessions. For more information, contact Dr. Anne Osano, assistant professor of biology, at 301-860-336 or aosano@bowiestate.edu.

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