Featuring members of NAMA’s Nutrition Advisory Council, this session will offer perspectives on important nutrition trends from nationally recognized nutrition experts from both industry and nutrition associations, including the introduction of Lucille Beseler, the chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the country’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals with more than 100,000 members. The dynamic discussion, including an update on FitPick, the industry’s signature nutrition and wellness initiative, will conclude with a Q and A session, fostering attendee interaction.
VP Nutrition & Wellness, Compass Group
Deanne Brandstetter, M.B.A., R.D. has over thirty years of experience in the food and nutrition business. Deanne is a registered dietitian and holds a New York State license as a certified dietitian-nutritionist. As vice president of Nutrition & Wellness for Compass Group, North America, she leads a team that coordinates wellness programs for foodservice clients and develops innovative & award-winning cross-sector nutrition and welliness initiatives. She also directed the nutrition program for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah as part of the Compass Olympics Lead Management Team. Deanne earned an American Culinary Federation Silver med- al for Healthy Cuisine, has authored numerous articles for professional and trade journals – including a module of the ADA Labeling Certification Course – and has presented programs at the Society for Foodservice Management, the American Dietetic Association, Foodservice Director magazine Menu Directions, Field to Plate-France, the National Restaurant Association and the CIA Greystone World of Healthy Flavors conferences.
President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Lucille Beseler is President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A leader in the organization for many years, she is a past chair of the Academy’s Political Action Committee and a member of its Childhood Obesity Coalition. Beseler served for nine years as chair of the Florida Dietetics Nutrition Practice Council – the state licensing board for dieticians and nutritionists – and received a public service award from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Beseler established the Family Nutrition Center of South Florida in 1991, as one of the first nutrition practices pio- neering HMO coverage of nutrition services dedicated to pediatrics. A professional speaker, Beseler is also author of Nurturing with Nutrition: The Essential Guide for Feeding Infants and Toddlers (Bazarte and Beseler 2003) as well as many articles and publications.
President, SR Strategy, LLC
Sylvia Rowe is currently president of SR Strategy pursuing communications and issues management consulting on a broad range of health, nutrition, food safety and risk is- sues. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Previously Rowe served as president and chief executive officer of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation, in Washington, DC, nonprofit organizations that communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition issues to health professionals, journalists, government officials, educators and consum- ers. IFIC’s programs are primarily supported by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries.
NAMA Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations