Clinical and Translational Nutrition

Nutrition and Health in an Accelerating Pace of Life

8:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Location: Ballroom AB

There is no single metric to quantify the pace of life, but many indices indicate that it is fast and accelerating nationally and globally. Since World War II, there has been an increasing demand for a food supply that is not only safe, palatable, and affordable, but also convenient. This has been driven to a large extent by substantive shifts in where people live (e.g., more urban), the types of jobs they have (more sedentary), the hours worked (increasing), family structure (more two-income families), food preparation methods (more microwaving and pre-prepared items) among other behaviors. This has all driven the desire for, indeed the necessity of, options that emphasize convenience. The consequence of this for food availability and choice, nutrient composition and health are still largely unknown, but widely speculated upon. Consumer expectations and claims by some clinicians and policy makers have far outpaced the science leading to confusion and increased risk of poor food choices. The magnitude and duration of this shift in ingestive behaviors elevates it beyond a "fad" to a reality that must be better understood. This session will explore the historic, current and future consequences of changing lifestyles on diet quality and health.


Richard D. Mattes

Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana


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Darin Leonard

Dream Dinners
SNOHOMISH, Washington


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Barbara Fiese, PhD

Professor and Director, Family Resiliency Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois


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Sheryl O. Hughes, PhD, MA, MSW

Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Dr. Hughes, Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, focuses on parental socialization of eating behaviors in children. As a developmental psychologist, she targets parent-child relations during mealtimes and their influence on the development of child eating behaviors. Dr. Hughes is currently integrating child biology into her work on the feeding environment to better understand pediatric obesity.


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Sarah Smith-Simpson, PhD

Principal Scientist
Nestle Nutrition
Fremont, Michigan

Sarah Smith-Simpson is currently a Principal Scientist of Child Development and Consumer Insights for Nestle Nutrition Meals and Drinks at Gerber Food Company. In her current role, she is responsible for helping guide the development of innovative products and services that assist parents with enjoyable and successful mealtimes where children eat foods that meet their nutritional needs and encourage development of feeding skills. In addition to supporting the global Meals and Drinks business for Child Development, Sarah also manages research projects related to picky eating and food textures.

Sarah joined the Sensory and Consumer Insights department of Gerber in 2006 as a Sensory Analyst supporting the Infant cereal, puree, and beverage product launches. A passion for babies and product innovation motivated her to pursue opportunities outside of the infant category and to apply child development insights across all Gerber platforms. Previous to joining Gerber, Sarah worked in the food regulatory arena providing litigation support for food product defense liability cases at Shook, Hardy, and Bacon law firm in Kansas City, MO.

Sarah holds a PhD degree from Rutgers University in Food Science, an MS degree in Food Science from Michigan State University, and a BA degree also from Michigan State University in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics.


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Nathaniel J. Dominy, PhD

Charles Hansen Professor of Anthropology
Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire

Nathaniel Dominy is the Charles Hansen Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College. He studies the behavior, ecology, and functional morphology of humans and nonhuman primates. Much of his research entails fieldwork in Africa, where he has worked since 1999. He has received grants or fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Packard Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Explorers Club, the Royal Geographic Society, and the Royal Anthropological Institute. His philosophytoward research is to integrate tropical fieldwork with mechanical, molecular, and isotopic analyses in order to better understand how and why adaptive shifts occurred during primate evolution. In 2009, he was named a “Brilliant 10” scientist under the age of 40 by Popular Science magazine.


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