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Colorado State University to host nutrition conference

May 22, 2014

Colorado State University will focus on all things nutrition at a two-day conference.

The 35th annual Lillian Fountain Smith Conference, hosted by the CSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, will be held June 5-6 at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road. 

This year, the event will cover three main topics: “Understanding Consumer Food Choices,” “Improving Gut Health,” and “Fueling the Active Lifestyle.”

Guest speakers

In addition to presentations, panel discussions and poster sessions, the conference also features several nationally recognized guest speakers.

This year’s CSU alumni speaker will be Laura Caulfield (’81) of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She will discuss Protecting and Promoting Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health: The Role of Nutrition Education.

Angela Odoms-Young of the University of Illinois at Chicago will speak on “Social Determinants of Food Choices: Implications for Promoting Dietary Change in Underserved Communities.”

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar Christina Roberto of the Harvard School of Public Health will deliver a lecture on “Preventing Obesity & Improving Diet Through Public Policy.”

Rob Knight of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Colorado will speak on “The Human Gut Microbiome.”

Susie Parker-Simmons, senior sport dietitian for the United States Olympic Committee, will discuss The Olympic and Paralympic Journey of Sport Dietetics in America,” and Nanna Meyer of the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado will speak on “Healthy Lifestyles, Good Food and Sustainability: Is There a Connection?”

Other activities

Other conference activities include a Thursday afternoon reception at The Gardens on Spring Creek and post-conference tours of New Belgium Brewery and the National Center for Genetics Resources Preservation.

Smith, who graduated from CSU in 1918 with a degree in home economics, established the Lillian Fountain Smith Conference Endowment to improve and extend the nutrition outreach of the university. 

Register for the conference online or by phone at (970) 491-7334. A late fee will be assessed for those registering after May 23. Attendees will be eligible to receive 10 continuing education units.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is in the College of Health and Human Sciences at CSU.

Contact: Jeff Dodge
Phone: 970.491.4251