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High-fructose Corn Syrup and School Wellness: Science-Based Facts for Healthful School Nutrition Operations

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A FREE webinar hosted by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with the International Food Information Council (IFIC). The live webinar took place on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm EDT. If you missed the live event, but are still interested in learning more about HFCS and School Wellness, you may view the recorded version of the webinar and download the PowerPoint presentation for FREE using the links above.

Content Overview

As school nutrition professionals across the nation rise to the challenge of implementing nutrition standards that are consistent with their respective school districts’ budgets and wellness policies, information surrounding foods and beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can often be unclear.

According to current scientific research there is little, if any, difference between ordinary table sugar (sucrose) and HFCS. In fact, each can be consumed in moderation in a healthful diet. However, consumer confusion regarding HFCS persists.

This web-based seminar (“webinar”) aims to clarify the issues surrounding HFCS by presenting the consumer, nutrition, and food science perspectives. School nutrition professionals will have the opportunity to learn about the broader context of HFCS as a consumer issue, followed by the detailed, real-life context of dealing with this topic in the foodservice setting. Nutrition and food science experts will provide data-driven facts to correct misunderstandings about HFCS. The webinar will include messaging opportunities and strategies for communicating scientifically accurate information to policymakers, parents, and others with whom school nutrition professionals interact.

Presenters/Speakers

Susan Borra, RD
President, IFIC Foundation
Topic Area: Consumer perceptions of Sugars/HFCS

Therese Nicklas, DrPH, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Topic Area: Sugars in Children’s Diets

John White, PhD
President, White Technical Research
Topic Area: Food science perspective of HFCS

Sandy Voss, MS, RD, LDN
District Dietitian/Assistant Food Service Director, Arlington Heights District 25
Topic Area: Practical Advice for Working with Parents and HFCS Concerns

Susan Borra, RD, of the International Food Information Council will act as moderator and will present information about consumer understanding of sugars and HFCS; Theresa Nicklas, PhD, will present information about sugars in children’s diets; John White, PhD, will discuss food science regarding sugars and especially HFCS; and Sandra Voss MS, RD, LDN and Coletta Hines-Newellan SNS, of the School Nutrition Program for Arlington Heights District 25 in Illinois will address the realities of dealing with these issues from a school nutrition perspective.

SNA CEU Credits

SNA members may earn 1 continuing education unit (CEU) for participating in the webinar. As this webinar is NOT an SNA-sponsored event, but rather is sponsored by the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), CEUs will NOT be automatically recorded in the SNA database. According to the SNA CEU Guidelines, for non-SNA-sponsored events individuals are required to maintain their own documentation of credits earned. Please see SNA’s CEU Guidelines at http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=9764 for further information.


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