Hello fellow Nutrition Education for the Public Dietetic Practice Group members,
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as the 2020-2021 Chair of the Nutrition Education for Public (NEP) Dietetic Practice Group (DPG).
I currently work as an Assistant Professor and Eating Disorders and Obesity Certificate Facilitator at Northern Illinois University. I started my journey in the field of nutrition in 2002, completed my bachelors and masters in nutrition from University of Cincinnati, dietetic internship from Loyola University Chicago, and doctoral studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
My research has always focused on nutrition education, specifically health promotion/obesity prevention programs with children and families in the schools and community.
I am excited to serve as the chair for NEP DPG and will be striving all year to meet the expectations of our members. Please feel free to share ideas and suggestions with me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we embark on this new programming year, we are all aware that this year is going to be very different than any other year in the history of our DPG as we navigate through this pandemic. We will have to find creative ways to engage with each other in a virtual setting.
I am sure most of you are aware of that fact that even our annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo™ (FNCE®) that we all look forward to is going to be conducted virtually this October.
The NEP DPG executive committee (EC) and leadership team (LT) convened for a virtual retreat in June, and will be meeting virtually every month to plan for our DPG’s events for virtual FNCE®. The EC and LT are also working on finalizing the topics and schedule for our webinars and newsletters for this fiscal year. Our professional education committee has started brainstorming ideas to expand the educational resources on the website.
And now, in light of George Floyd’s heinous death and the deep-rooted racism in our nation, I want all NEP members to reflect on what we value as humans. This is a time to listen and learn, and a time to ask ourselves how we can contribute to positive remarkable change to protect the lives and well being of all.
I am also sharing a link of a webinar that my colleague and I gave for the Military Families Learning Network on ‘Building Cultural Competence in Nutrition and Dietetics’ in June that you might find informative: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/64660/
Wishing a safe and productive year for us all!
Henna Muzaffar PhD, RD, FAND