Join the Call to Action to Improve the Nation's Diet
The 2014 MSI Science Summit
Join The Call to Action to Improve the Nation's Diet
Optimum diets for health and wellness have been top of mind with government, academia, health professionals, the media and consumers for some time. Unfortunately, a tremendous gap remains between current dietary recommendations and actual practice. The summit was an ideal opportunity to engage key stakeholders in nutrition, government policy and consumer media in discussions about how healthy flavorful eating can enable consumers to successfully begin closing this gap. Summit participants helped crystallize the reality of the consumer challenge to eat a healthy diet and fostered discussions on how best to offer consumer solutions to enable sustainable flavorful, healthy eating.
Bringing together the best and brightest minds, this summit was designed to collaboratively jump start a national conversation on the role of spices and herbs in a flavorful and sustainable healthy diet.
Who Was Involved?
The Summit was sponsored by the McCormick Science Institute in partnership with the American Society for Nutrition:
McCormick Science Institute (MSI), a research-driven organization whose mission is to support independent scientific research and disseminate information on the health benefits of culinary herbs and spices to all stakeholders including consumers and health professionals. MSI sponsors research at leading universities and research institutions and is led by nutrition scientists and guided by a Scientific Advisory Council consisting of internationally-renowned scientists and health professionals. For more than seven years, the McCormick Science Institute has been supporting research on the health impact of spices and herbs. The body of literature is now substantial to the point that it is time to engage experts in the fields of nutrition, food science, culinary arts, product development, communications and those involved in public policy to share this information and discuss ways these ingredients can be used to help promote healthier eating.
American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the world's top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals. The ASN focus ranges from the most critical details of research and application to the broadest applications in society, in the United States and around the world.
Respected leaders in the food industry, leading academics from the research community, government officials, and key health and wellness communicators were invited to this unique, collaborative summit to raise the national consciousness of the role spices and herbs offer to sustainable, healthy eating. This summit harnessed the collective experience and creative talent of the academic, government and private sectors to partner in the design of sustainable solutions for healthier eating.
The Summit was facilitated for maximum collaboration and output by wide-ranging group experts described more in full here.
Why was this summit different?
This summit promoted engagement, collaboration and consensus building through presentation of new information, different perspectives and facilitated discussion.
It was an outcome directed conference that included specific action plans addressing:
Translation of the science directly to consumers Translation of the science to consumers through product development and solutions
Translation of the science to consumers through public policy
Identification of partnerships to continue research and provide solutions for consumer success in achieving sustainable healthy eating behaviors