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This unique forum investigated current and emerging challenges related to improving energy balance behavior assessment and intervention via technology, and focused on how the research community might embrace and apply innovative new tools.

Am J Prev Med Theme Section: Innovative Tools for Assessing Diet and Physical Activity for Health Promotion

The Tech Summit resulted in four publications, appearing as a theme section in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine:

Advances and Controversies in Diet and Physical Activity Measurement in Youth

This report reviews current developments in dietary intake and physical activity assessment in youth.

Access the full publication.

Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Assessment: Current Tools, Techniques, and Technologies for Use in Adult Populations

This paper summarizes recent technological advancements, such as remote sensing devices, digital photography, and multisensor devices, which have the potential to improve the assessment of dietary intake and physical activity in free-living adults.

Access the full publication.

Diet and Activity Assessments and Interventions Using Technology in Older Adults

This paper reports on the findings and recommendations specific to older adults from the “Tech Summit: Innovative Tools for Assessing Diet and Physical Activity for Health Promotion” forum organized by the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute.

Access the full publication.

Share Save Technology Innovations in Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Assessment: Challenges and Recommendations for Future Directions

Dietary intake (DI) and physical activity (PA) data are used in a variety of ways, including to determine nutrient adequacy and deficiency; to assess nutritional, fitness, and health status; to develop health promotion and behavioral interventions; and to understand food chemical and microbiological exposure, food–drug interactions, and pharmacokinetic effects. Methods used to capture these data must therefore be reliable and accurate to ensure confidence when determining quantitative DI and energy intake (EI), food behaviors, and energy expenditure (EE), especially for real-time monitoring and interventions. Moreover, because the underlying pathways and mechanisms regulating energy homeostasis are not fully understood, improved measures can help address challenges in understanding interrelationships between DI and PA.

Access the full publication.

Organized by:
IAFNS Committee on Balancing Food & Activity for Health
University of California, San Diego 
American College of Sports Medicine
with programmatic input from NIH and USDA ARS

Program

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Welcome & Introductions - Video

IDENTIFY COMMON ISSUES - featured presentations

  • State of the Science of Energy Balance Research Across the Lifespan - David Allison, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham Video
  • State of Technology and Innovation related to Physical Activity and Healthful EatingEric Hekler, PhD, Arizona State University Video

Additional Presentations

  • Guidance and Standards for the Responsible Conduct of mHealth Research - Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS, UC San Diego Video
  • Circadian Rhythm as it Relates to Overall Health, Wellness, and Risk for Disease - Satchin Panda, PhD, the Salk Institute Video

CHILDREN & YOUTH -  Moderator: Tom Robinson, MD, Stanford

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Carol J. Boushey, PhD, MPH, RD, University of Hawaii Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Jaqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc University of California San Diego Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD, University of Southern California Video

Thursday, 1 December 2016

ADULTS - Moderators: Rick Troiano, PhD, NIH - Intro Video

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Rick Weiss, MS, Viocare Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Anand Iyer, PhD, WellDoc Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Lauren Ptomey, PhD, RD, LD, University of Kansas Video 

OLDER ADULTS - Moderators: David Klurfeld, PhD, USDA, & Tamara Harris, MD, National Institute on Aging - Intro Video

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Sai Das, PhD, Tufts University Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Jacqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc, University of California San Diego Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Todd Manini, PhD, University of Florida Video

Concluding Panel & Summit Closing Remarks - Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, UCSD

Full event video playlist can be found on the IAFNS YouTube Channel.

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Packaging is an indispensable component of the food manufacturing and food supply process. It is a system for preserving the safety and quality of food products throughout the distribution chain to consumer. In addition to containing the food products, food packaging serves the important functions of protecting food products from outside influences and damage, as well as providing consumers with ingredient and nutritional information. Materials that have traditionally been used in food packaging include: glass, metals, paper and paperboards, and plastics. These materials and the other materials (i.e. inks, adhesives, coatings, etc.) used in food packaging have the potential to come in contact with food presenting the possibility of unwanted chemical substances migrating into the food. To ensure safe use of packaging materials and food contact materials, regulatory agencies around the globe have conducted research and developed both guidance and regulations for materials intended to come into contact with food.

 

As research to improve food packaging continues, the objective of this full-day workshop is to provide a scientific forum to discuss the state of the science on toxicology, exposure and risk assessment as it relates to the safety of food packaging. It will bring together scientists from government, academia and industry to discuss the advances in science which demonstrates the safety of food packaging, identifies research gaps and gains consensus on the path forward on how to fill those research gaps. The opening session of this workshop will focus on scientific challenges in safety assessment of food packaging materials. Experts from this field will present on analytical methods for safety evaluation of packaging materials, nanomaterials in food packaging, migration of contaminant residues from food packaging and use of improved exposure assessment models for food packaging materials. The second half of the workshop will focus on recycled packaging and sustainability. Experts will discuss the application of recycled materials in food packaging, recycling processes, contaminant residues from recycled packaging, challenges in safety assessment of recycled materials and emerging innovations and technologies in food packaging.  These presentations will prepare the audience for panel discussions covering the advancements in analytical methodologies and their utilization in safety assessment of packaging materials, the challenges in utilizing recycled packaging materials in food contact applications, and the challenges in identification and safety evaluation of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in food contact materials with the goal of identifying areas where additional research is needed. IAFNS has invited key members from government, academia, and industry to participate as both speakers and panelists. In an effort to facilitate a productive discussion, the panels will be moderated by IAFNS member scientists of the IAFNS Technical Committee on Food and Chemical Safety. The panel discussions will conclude with generating ideas of how to communicate these complex issues to broader audiences, including the public. This is a unique feature of the workshop and will provide insights into how the scientific community can work to effectively communicate the information resulting from the workshop. 

Read the proceedings from this workshop.

Agenda

Welcome 
Mansi Krishan, IAFNS

Introduction 
Ron Osborn, IAFNS Member Scientist

Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging Materials- Toxicology -
Jason Aungst, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging Materials – Chemistry
Kirk Arvidson, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Migration of Contaminant Residues from Food Packaging
Greg Pace, Sun Chemical Corporation - Video

Analytical Methods for Evaluating Components of Food Packaging Materials
Tim Begley, U.S. FDA - Video

Use of New/Improved Tools and Exposure Assessment Models for Food Packaging Materials
Cian O' Mahony, Crème Global - Video

US Regulatory Perspective
Paul Honigfort, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Global Regulatory Perspective
Jim Huang, IAFNS Member Scientist - Video

Panel Discussion - Video
Moderator: Ron Osborn, IAFNS Member Scientist
Panelists: Jason Aungst, Kirk Arvidson, Greg Pace, Tim Begley, Cian O’Mahony, Paul Honigfort

  • In light of advancements in analytical methodologies which are allowing for progressively lower detection limits resulting in unexpected chemicals being detected in air, water, food, etc., how do we access and utilize this information for safety assessment of packaging materials?
  • How do we evaluate the safety of nanomaterials in food packaging?
  • In terms of assessing the safety of packaging materials, how much is enough?

Sustainability and Packaging: Process of Recycling Packaging Materials and Recycled Materials in Food Packaging
Susan Selke, Michigan State University - Video

Contaminant Residues in/from Recycled Paper-Paperboard and Plastics: Contaminant Identification, Food Safety Concerns and Regulatory Controls
Vanee Komolprasert, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Case Studies:
i. Mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSHs) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAHs)
Stephen Klump, Nestle - Video

ii. a) Di-isopropylnapthalene; and b) Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)
Paul Honigfort, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video

Emerging Innovations and Technologies in Food Packaging
Young Kim, Virginia Tech University - Video

Panel Discussion - Video
Moderator: Doug Copen, IAFNS Member Scientist
Panelists: Susan Selke, Vanee Komolprasert, Stephen Klump, Paul Honigfort, Jim Huang, Young Kim

  • What are the challenges in utilizing recycled packaging materials in food contact applications and how do we address these challenges?
  • What are the challenges in identification and safety evaluation of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in food contact materials? What are the potential approaches for considering NIAS in the risk assessment of food contact materials?
  • The challenges of communicating scientific information to a nonscientific audience, particularly the importance of communicating the entire story (example- what we know, what we don’t know, not just what we want them to know) while making the information as relevant as possible.

Concluding Remarks
Doug Copen, IAFNS Member Scientist

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This unique forum investigated current and emerging challenges related to improving energy balance behavior assessment and intervention via technology, and focused on how the research community might embrace and apply innovative new tools.

Am J Prev Med Theme Section: Innovative Tools for Assessing Diet and Physical Activity for Health Promotion

The Tech Summit resulted in four publications, appearing as a theme section in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine:

Advances and Controversies in Diet and Physical Activity Measurement in Youth

This report reviews current developments in dietary intake and physical activity assessment in youth.

Access the full publication.

Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Assessment: Current Tools, Techniques, and Technologies for Use in Adult Populations

This paper summarizes recent technological advancements, such as remote sensing devices, digital photography, and multisensor devices, which have the potential to improve the assessment of dietary intake and physical activity in free-living adults.

Access the full publication.

Diet and Activity Assessments and Interventions Using Technology in Older Adults

This paper reports on the findings and recommendations specific to older adults from the “Tech Summit: Innovative Tools for Assessing Diet and Physical Activity for Health Promotion” forum organized by the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute.

Access the full publication.

Share Save Technology Innovations in Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Assessment: Challenges and Recommendations for Future Directions

Dietary intake (DI) and physical activity (PA) data are used in a variety of ways, including to determine nutrient adequacy and deficiency; to assess nutritional, fitness, and health status; to develop health promotion and behavioral interventions; and to understand food chemical and microbiological exposure, food–drug interactions, and pharmacokinetic effects. Methods used to capture these data must therefore be reliable and accurate to ensure confidence when determining quantitative DI and energy intake (EI), food behaviors, and energy expenditure (EE), especially for real-time monitoring and interventions. Moreover, because the underlying pathways and mechanisms regulating energy homeostasis are not fully understood, improved measures can help address challenges in understanding interrelationships between DI and PA.

Access the full publication.

Organized by:
IAFNS Committee on Balancing Food & Activity for Health
University of California, San Diego 
American College of Sports Medicine
with programmatic input from NIH and USDA ARS

Program

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Welcome & Introductions - Video

IDENTIFY COMMON ISSUES - featured presentations

  • State of the Science of Energy Balance Research Across the Lifespan - David Allison, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham Video
  • State of Technology and Innovation related to Physical Activity and Healthful EatingEric Hekler, PhD, Arizona State University Video

Additional Presentations

  • Guidance and Standards for the Responsible Conduct of mHealth Research - Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS, UC San Diego Video
  • Circadian Rhythm as it Relates to Overall Health, Wellness, and Risk for Disease - Satchin Panda, PhD, the Salk Institute Video

CHILDREN & YOUTH -  Moderator: Tom Robinson, MD, Stanford

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Carol J. Boushey, PhD, MPH, RD, University of Hawaii Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Jaqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc University of California San Diego Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD, University of Southern California Video

Thursday, 1 December 2016

ADULTS - Moderators: Rick Troiano, PhD, NIH - Intro Video

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Rick Weiss, MS, Viocare Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Anand Iyer, PhD, WellDoc Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Lauren Ptomey, PhD, RD, LD, University of Kansas Video 

OLDER ADULTS - Moderators: David Klurfeld, PhD, USDA, & Tamara Harris, MD, National Institute on Aging - Intro Video

  • Current Technologies in Diet Assessment & Intervention - Sai Das, PhD, Tufts University Video
  • Current Technologies in Physical Activity Assessment & Intervention - Jacqueline Kerr, PhD, MSc, University of California San Diego Video
  • Advances & Challenges in Measuring Dietary Intake and Physical Activity - Todd Manini, PhD, University of Florida Video

Concluding Panel & Summit Closing Remarks - Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, UCSD

Full event video playlist can be found on the IAFNS YouTube Channel.

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Past Events

Webinar Series: Improving the Healthspan of Older Adults Through Nutrition

Virtual, Webinar

Current research on aging reveals it is possible to extend healthspan while delaying, and in some cases, preventing many chronic diseases associated with aging through nutrition and interventions targeted at cellular degeneration. This webinar series is a collaboration with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA).

Read more about Webinar Series: Improving the Healthspan of Older Adults Through Nutrition

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				HNRCA webinar LI (4)
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Register for the complete series here.

Webinars will be held from 3pm to 430pm ET across four Thursdays. Time is reserved for Questions & Answers in each session. Details for each session are noted below.  The series is free and open to the community.

Current research on aging reveals it is possible to extend healthspan while delaying, and in some cases, preventing many chronic diseases associated with aging through nutrition and interventions targeted at cellular degeneration.

This webinar series is a collaboration with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA). HNRCA is a leader in food, nutrition, and healthy aging research and has trained hundreds of Tufts University students who have become successful in academia, industry, and government. Join current scientists from the HNRCA as they share their latest research on how food and nutrition are critical determinants to a healthy and independent lifestyle for older adults. Talks will present research that focuses on the biology of aging at the cellular level all the way to how to directly impact healthspan through diet and physical activity.

 

We know age is a risk factor for many chronic diseases and research also shows that disease can accelerate the aging process and shorten a person's healthspan. During this webinar we will examine the role of inflammation and other cellular processes in older adults and possible interventions, including diet, that may slow or stop degenerative diseases and extend quality of life. Understanding the biology of aging is a vital part of unlocking many of the unknowns associated with aging.

Sarah Booth, Ph.D.
Center Director; Senior Scientist and lead, Vitamin K team Simin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and lead, Nutritional Immunology Team Christopher Wiley, Ph.D.
Scientist II, Nutrition, Metabolism and Cellular Aging Team

This webinar addresses the fact that older adults need to reduce their daily calorie intake. How do you do this and maintain a healthy body weight and be sure we address bone and muscle health? To maintain bone health, it's vital to obtain calcium combined with vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Continuing their ground-breaking research on musculoskeletal health, HNRCA scientists will share their latest findings on the detrimental effect acid-producing diets have on bone and muscle and considering what we have learned from the recent vitamin D mega-trials.

Lisa Ceglia, M.D.
Scientist II and Director, Metabolic Bone Diseases Clinic, Tufts Medical Center Bess Dawson Hughes, M.D.
Senior Scientist, Bone Metabolism Team Susan Roberts, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Lead, Energy Metabolism Team

The risk of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma can be reduced by eating a dietary pattern with plenty of fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains. HNRCA investigators have shown that diets high in simple carbs such as white

bread and carbonated beverages create spikes in blood sugar leading to widespread inflammation, a condition linked to age-related macular degeneration. In this webinar they will share novel findings on the link between the gut microbiota and eye health and possible interventions to delay eye disease in older adults.

Sheldon Rowan, Ph.D.
Scientist II, Nutrition and Vision Research Team Kelsey Smith, M.S.
Tufts Doctoral Student, Nutrition and Vision Research Team

Regular exercise and healthy dietary patterns that focus on whole grains, berries, leafy green vegetables and healthy fats are proving to have a positive effect in improving or delaying cognitive decline in older adults. HNRCA researchers will share observational findings as well as the results of community-based programs promoting the benefits of physical activity on cognition. In this webinar HNRCA scientists will also discuss promising results of animal studies involving the generation of new brain cells that may lead to interventions that improve memory function in older adults.

Paul Jacques, D.Sc.
Senior Scientist and lead, Nutritional Epidemiology Team Kieran Reid, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Scientist I, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Team Tong Zheng, Ph.D.
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Register for the complete series here.

Webinars will be held from 3pm to 430pm ET across four Thursdays. Time is reserved for Questions & Answers in each session. Details for each session are noted below.  The series is free and open to the community.

Current research on aging reveals it is possible to extend healthspan while delaying, and in some cases, preventing many chronic diseases associated with aging through nutrition and interventions targeted at cellular degeneration.

This webinar series is a collaboration with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA). HNRCA is a leader in food, nutrition, and healthy aging research and has trained hundreds of Tufts University students who have become successful in academia, industry, and government. Join current scientists from the HNRCA as they share their latest research on how food and nutrition are critical determinants to a healthy and independent lifestyle for older adults. Talks will present research that focuses on the biology of aging at the cellular level all the way to how to directly impact healthspan through diet and physical activity.

 

We know age is a risk factor for many chronic diseases and research also shows that disease can accelerate the aging process and shorten a person's healthspan. During this webinar we will examine the role of inflammation and other cellular processes in older adults and possible interventions, including diet, that may slow or stop degenerative diseases and extend quality of life. Understanding the biology of aging is a vital part of unlocking many of the unknowns associated with aging.

Sarah Booth, Ph.D.
Center Director; Senior Scientist and lead, Vitamin K team Simin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and lead, Nutritional Immunology Team Christopher Wiley, Ph.D.
Scientist II, Nutrition, Metabolism and Cellular Aging Team

This webinar addresses the fact that older adults need to reduce their daily calorie intake. How do you do this and maintain a healthy body weight and be sure we address bone and muscle health? To maintain bone health, it's vital to obtain calcium combined with vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Continuing their ground-breaking research on musculoskeletal health, HNRCA scientists will share their latest findings on the detrimental effect acid-producing diets have on bone and muscle and considering what we have learned from the recent vitamin D mega-trials.

Lisa Ceglia, M.D.
Scientist II and Director, Metabolic Bone Diseases Clinic, Tufts Medical Center Bess Dawson Hughes, M.D.
Senior Scientist, Bone Metabolism Team Susan Roberts, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Lead, Energy Metabolism Team

The risk of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma can be reduced by eating a dietary pattern with plenty of fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains. HNRCA investigators have shown that diets high in simple carbs such as white

bread and carbonated beverages create spikes in blood sugar leading to widespread inflammation, a condition linked to age-related macular degeneration. In this webinar they will share novel findings on the link between the gut microbiota and eye health and possible interventions to delay eye disease in older adults.

Sheldon Rowan, Ph.D.
Scientist II, Nutrition and Vision Research Team Kelsey Smith, M.S.
Tufts Doctoral Student, Nutrition and Vision Research Team

Regular exercise and healthy dietary patterns that focus on whole grains, berries, leafy green vegetables and healthy fats are proving to have a positive effect in improving or delaying cognitive decline in older adults. HNRCA researchers will share observational findings as well as the results of community-based programs promoting the benefits of physical activity on cognition. In this webinar HNRCA scientists will also discuss promising results of animal studies involving the generation of new brain cells that may lead to interventions that improve memory function in older adults.

Paul Jacques, D.Sc.
Senior Scientist and lead, Nutritional Epidemiology Team Kieran Reid, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Scientist I, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Team Tong Zheng, Ph.D.
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