Join this panel of nationally recognized experts to hear what’s new and trending in nutrition and wellness. Exploring the most talked about issues today, from “better for you” and its impact on your business to food label “literacy” and what drives consumer purchases, the session will an in-depth discussion followed by an “ask the expert” session where you can get answers to your questions.
Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Lucille Beseler is President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A leader in the organization for many years, she is a past chair of the Academy’s Political Action Committee and a member of its Childhood Obesity Coalition. Beseler served for nine years as chair of the Florida Dietetics Nutrition Practice Council – the state licensing board for dieticians and nutritionists – and received a public service award from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Beseler established the Family Nutrition Center of South Florida in 1991, as one of the first nutrition practices pioneering HMO coverage of nutrition services dedicated to pediatrics. A professional speaker, Beseler is also author of Nurturing with Nutrition: The Essential Guide for Feeding Infants and Toddlers (Bazarte and Beseler 2003) as well as many articles and publications. She received Florida International University’s 2009 Path of Public Health Award in Nutrition and Dietetics for community work in the area of childhood obesity. Beseler is a graduate of Queen’s College – City University of New York and earned a master’s degree from New York University.
SR Strategy, LLC
Sylvia Rowe is currently president of SR Strategy pursuing communications and issues management consulting on a broad range of health, nutrition, food safety and risk issues. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Previously Rowe served as president and chief executive officer of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation, in Washington, DC, nonprofit organizations that communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition issues to health professionals, journalists, government officials, educators and consumers. IFIC’s programs are primarily supported by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. During her eleven-year tenure, IFIC established itself as a leader in consumer research and consumer-based communications in nutrition, food safety, and health. Rowe’s leadership resulted in national public-private partnerships and coalitions between IFIC and preeminent government agencies and health organizations committed to developing science-based consumer communications on healthful lifestyles.
Elizabeth Mitas Vegas
Industry Advisor, Strategic Alliances
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Elizabeth Mitas Vegas leads the Alliance’s efforts implementing voluntary agreements with the food and beverage industries that increase access to healthier foods and beverages and create healthier environments for children and families.
The Alliance approaches the issue of childhood obesity from multiple directions including corporate collaborations and relationships with leaders in the food, beverage, fitness, and healthcare industries.
Elizabeth joined the Alliance in 2009 after working in the private sector for a decade. She resides in Chicago with her husband and 2 children.