Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

431. Rousing Research on the Power of Family Meals

Monday, October 22
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Numerous studies have found that eating together as a family is associated with healthier dietary outcomes for all, and that children who regularly eat dinner with parents perform better in school and avoid risky behaviors. The Food Marketing Institute Foundation (FMIF) created a societal movement called National Family Meals Month™ to encourage families to share one more meal together each week at home. FMIF also is funding an independent meta-analysis to identify if exposure to family meals improves nutrition and family functioning. This will be the first step toward identifying the mechanism underlying the relation between family meals and health outcomes. This session will review the body of research, including changing consumer behaviors, barriers to sharing meals at home, and the numerous benefits associated with family meals. It also will focus on thoughtful strategies to elevate family meals and help families make meals eaten together a priority in busy lives.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4020 - Community program development
  • 4030 - Dietary guidelines, DRIs, Food Guide Pyramid, food labeling
  • 8015 - Cultural/ethnic food and culinary practice

Susan Borra, RD

Susan T. Borra, RD is the Chief Health and Wellness officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). In this role she leads FMI's health and wellness initiatives recognizing the unique assets of a grocery store - food, nutrition experts and pharmacy, and food retail’s important role in helping customers lead healthy lives. Susan is also executive director of the FMI Foundation which supports research and education in the areas of food safety, nutrition and health. Susan has held many leadership and advisory roles for professional organizations and societies, including serving as president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (2001-2002) and chairman of the AND Foundation (1999-2000). Susan has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Maryland at College Park, completed her internship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD and she is a registered dietitian.

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Jennifer McDaniel, MS RDN CSSD LD

Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD is founder and owner of Saint Louis based private practice, McDaniel Nutrition Therapy, a nutrition consulting company that specializes in weight management, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness. She is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and former media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and co-author of the Mediterranean Table Cookbook. Voted Dietitian of the Year in 2015 by the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics she has contributed nutrition and health information for outlets such as the New York Times, Huffington Post and Prevention Magazine. She is a regular on-air contributor for KTVI Fox 2 News. She currently consults for Carmichael Training Systems, an international endurance sports consulting company, developed by the elite Olympic cyclist, Chris Carmichael.
She was the former undergraduate director and instructor in the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University from 2006-2011. Jennifer has developed and designed wellness programs for numerous companies in the Saint Louis area and is a professional and engaging speaker who desires to create a sense of motivation for all audiences.
Jennifer earned her B.S. degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her M.S. in Nutrition and Physical Performance from Saint Louis University graduating summa cum laude from both Universities. She is a wife and mom to three young boys who inspire her daily to feed a family that doesn’t survive, but thrives.

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Julie McMillin, RD

Julie is responsible for overseeing the Hy-Vee in-store dietitian program that currently has over 200 in-store dietitians. Along with the numerous health and wellness initiatives, programs and services provided to all Hy-Vee customers, employees and communities. Julie graduated from Illinois State University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. In March 2005 Julie was hired as a Hy-Vee, in-store dietitian and HealthMarket manager. Julie was a pioneer for the Hy-Vee dietitians program and started as one of Hy-Vee’s first in-store dietitians. In 2012 Julie was promoted to Director of Health and Wellness and in 2015 to AVP of Retail Dietetics. A few of Julie’s recent accomplishments and awards include: 2015- Uniliever, Agent of Change award, 2015- Retail Dietitian Business Alliance Retail Dietitian of the year award and in 2016 – Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery, Rising Star award.

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Susan Borra, RD

Susan T. Borra, RD is the Chief Health and Wellness officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). In this role she leads FMI's health and wellness initiatives recognizing the unique assets of a grocery store - food, nutrition experts and pharmacy, and food retail’s important role in helping customers lead healthy lives. Susan is also executive director of the FMI Foundation which supports research and education in the areas of food safety, nutrition and health. Susan has held many leadership and advisory roles for professional organizations and societies, including serving as president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (2001-2002) and chairman of the AND Foundation (1999-2000). Susan has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Maryland at College Park, completed her internship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD and she is a registered dietitian.

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