Next Generation’s Health and Sustainability: Partnering with Barilla

Barilla Center for Food & NutritionIf you’ve ever spent even 5 minutes in the same room with me, you find out pretty quickly that Italy runs through my veins. Or more accurately, through my heart and my stomach. While technically I’m 100% Irish, after living in Florence for 2 years and eating my way through the rest of the country, I knew I wanted to spend my life exploring the connections between health, nutrition, and the pleasures of good food at the table.
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Which is why I’m so pleased to be partnering with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) to help move forward the dialogue about the most critical challenges of our time: Nutrition, Children and Sustainability. We all know that economic growth, globalization, and the sprawling cultural influence of a Western diet are bringing about a change of eating habits on a worldwide level, with child obesity rising at an alarming rate.  So whether you work in healthcare, or are a mom committed to raising healthy kids, I hope you’ll tune in to this groundbreaking webinar that will move the dialogue forward about the connections between children’s health and planetary health.
What will the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition be covering in the webinar?
1. How to simplify the issues in a way people can understand.
One of the best tools I’ve seen in a long time to help people truly see the connection between the ecological footprint of different dietary patterns is their  The Double Food Environmental Pyramid model. Having spent almost a year researching my book and trying to explain these connections, it’s a refreshingly simple but useful tool for developed countries to understand the links between diet and environmental impact.
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2. Who are the players, and what are their roles?
According to the BCFN, healthy growth and development calls for an integrated approach between the family, school and pediatricians for educating new generations on the relationship between food, health and well-being during childhood and adolescence.  Of course, nutritionists are on that list as well!
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3.  What is the responsibility of agriculture and industry?
There’s been a growing call for accountability of  agricultural and food industries to do their part, with initiatives and product lines that are aligned with the correct nutritional practices for children, as well as long term sustainability. What’s happening globally in this area?
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If you can’t tune in, I hope you will follow the discussion on twitter at #SustainOurChildren or @BarillaCFN. Or check back here on Wednesday, as I’ll be posting another blog about what we all learned.
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Webinar Info:
Nutrition & Children: Sustainable Models for the Future Generations 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 – 11:00am EST
Webinar Page: http://bit.ly/qDdBAl