Restoring Balance:
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New Visions for  Food and Activity
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John Allegrante, Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College Columbia University is interested in health behavior, health education in schools and patient-care settings, public health education, and health promotion policy nationally and globally.
Ms Lori Benson, Director, Office of Fitness and Health Education, New York City Department of Education, has provided leadership in many innovative ways to increase the physical fitness of youth including use of the NYC FITNESSGRAM, and C.H.A.M.P.S. Middle School Sports and Fitness Program.
Isobel R. Contento, Mary Swartz Rose Professor and Coordinator, Program in Nutrition at Teachers College Columbia University, has studied factors influencing food choice, particularly among children and adolescents and impacts of interventions to enhance decision making and to reduce risk of overweight in youth. She is the author of numerous articles on nutrition education and the textbook Nutrition Education: Research Theory and Practice.
Ms. Cheryl Danley, is an Outreach Specialist with the C.S Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems, Michigan State University who engages with communities to strengthen their access to fresh, locally grown, healthy and affordable food. With expertise in agricultural economics, she is the technical assistance liaison to the national W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Food and Fitness Initiative aimed at creating healthy community environments for children, youth and families.
Ronald DeMeersman, Professor & Coordinator, Applied Physiology Program, Teachers College Columbia University is an exercise physiologist who studies the effects of aerobic improvements on autonomic and blood pressure regulation. He also conducts experiences in physiology for school students on field trips.
Lorelei DiSogra, Vice President, Nutrition and Health, United Fresh Produce Association has been a leader in the National 5 A Day Program from its inception in California to its becoming the most recognized nutrition message in the United States and a global model for public-private partnerships to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Her efforts include education, communication, social marketing and environmental and policy change at the national level and in the European Union.
Joan Dye Gussow, Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emeritus at Teachers College Columbia University who has promoted localizing the food system since the early 1970s and grows most of her own food. A much sought after speaker, she is the author of The Feeding Web, This Organic Life, and numerous articles. She has served as a member of the boards of many national and local organizations related to food, and is now on the town council where she lives.
Michael Hernandez is Community Outreach Manager for Healthy Monday Campaign, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, a project of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications, designed to help Americans make lifestyle choices that affect their health by offering people and organizations a weekly prompt every Monday that can help them sustain healthy behaviors, intentions, actions and initiatives.
Pamela Koch, Executive Director of the Center for Food & Environment at Teachers College Columbia University, has been in a pioneer in developing, implementing, and evaluating a variety of school-based curricula and after-school programs that link food systems education with personal behavior and health. She has led numerous workshops for teachers and for nutrition professionals. A passionate supporter of making local food accessible to all, she is also involved in community based activities and policy.
Toni Liquori, Director of Liquori and Associate LLC is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College. Through a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, Dr. Liquori is Principal, School Food FOCUS, that works with big cities around the country to develop systems to procure local food for school meals.
Gina Lovasi, RWJ Health and Society Scholar, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy Built Environment & Health (BEH) research group, Columbia University, uses Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to study the impact of the built environment on sedentary behavior and obesity.
James Sallis, Professor, Department of Psychology at San Diego State University is a nationally and internationally known researcher who has developed programs that promote school, community, and policy-based approaches to active living throughout the life span.
Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, has proposed innovative food policies for New York City in his 2009 report Food in the Public Interest that can serve as a model for other cities.


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Teachers College, Columbia University

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