2021 IFIC Food and Health Survey findings released

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I am particularly intrigued by the influences and trends in American eating patterns over time - and these are interesting to share with students in context of current food related beliefs and practices.  For the past 16 years the International Food and Information Council (IFIC) has conducted an annual Food and Health Survey that considers consumer attitudes and practices about diet and food choice.  Among the 2021 survey findings, respondents are yearning for a return to "normalcy" in regards to food choice and eating practices. People are excited to be able to return to restaurants. Online food purchases increased again in the 2021 survey. I was encouraged to see that there is a trend (albeit modest) towards the definition of "healthy" determined by what a food provides (vegetables, fruit, fiber, protein) rather than what it doesn't contain (gluten, GMOs, etc.). You may find a summary of the survey results helpful.  Interested to hear your take on the findings or how you might incorporate into your lecture launchers!   Use "Reply" below.

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Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for Learn25.com (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Jamie is an active member and serves on the board of the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.