The American Society for Nutrition and the Danone Institute International Collaborate to Examine Health Effects of Yogurt

  The American Society for Nutrition and the Danone Institute International
               Collaborate to Examine Health Effects of Yogurt

PR Newswire

BOSTON, April 22, 2013

First Global Summit to be Held During ASN's Scientific Sessions at
Experimental Biology, April 24

BOSTON, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society for
Nutrition (ASN) and the Danone Institute International have announced a global
collaboration to evaluate the state of the science surrounding the
relationship between yogurt consumption and health, to be initiated with the
first Global Summit on the Health Effects of Yogurt. The summit will be hosted
during the ASN's Scientific Sessions & Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology
(EB) on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Boston, MA.

ASN and the Danone Institute International are partnering with The Nutrition
Society (NS) in the United Kingdom on a multi-year initiative, the Yogurt in
Nutrition Initiative for a balanced diet, to examine and document the health
effects of yogurt, stimulate new research and communicate available scientific
information to health care professionals and the public. Annual scientific
conferences will be held in different regions of the world to share research
findings and encourage new research on the topic.

The first global summit in Boston will focus on the impact of yogurt and dairy
consumption on health outcomes and health care costs, particularly related to
chronic health conditions. The event will feature leading international
experts in medicine and nutrition science.

"Nutrition research continues to shed light on how individual foods and food
groups affect health," said Sharon M. Donovan, PhD, RD, Past President of the
ASN and professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois. "This new
collaboration will help to define the evidence base for yogurt's effects on
health promotion and disease prevention and identify areas where more research
is needed. This science-based approach aligns well with ASN's mission of
advancing nutrition research and knowledge to improve public health and
clinical practice worldwide."

Key topic areas to be addressed during the summit include:

  oThe impact of regular yogurt consumption on nutrient deficiencies, body
    weight regulation, chronic health conditions and related health-care costs
  oThe unique nutrient profile of yogurt compared to other dairy foods
  oPopulations that may benefit most from yogurt consumption to improve
    nutritional status and health
  oThe scientific rationale behind existing dairy dietary recommendations

The full summit agenda can be viewed here.

"We are very enthusiastic to participate in this global collaboration that
will contribute to increasing the scientific knowledge around yogurt as part
of a healthy diet," said Prof. Raanan Shamir, MD, President of the Danone
Institute International.

The U.S.-based Dairy Research Institute, established under the leadership of
U.S. dairy farmers, is also a partner in the first global summit.

The summit will be recorded and archived on Pending
editorial acceptance, a peer-reviewed journal supplement will feature review
articles and summaries of the presentations.

About the American Society for Nutrition
Established in 1928, the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is a non-profit,
multidisciplinary, scientific and educational organization devoted to
advancing nutrition research to improve public health. ASN fosters
collaboration among investigators in nutrition, medicine and related fields of
science, and encourages the creation, translation and dissemination of
nutrition knowledge.

With more than 4,900 members in more than 65 countries, ASN advances
excellence in nutrition research and practice through its publications,
education, public affairs and membership programs.

About the Danone Institute International
The Danone Institute International is a non-profit organization whose mission
is to develop and disseminate scientific knowledge on diet and nutrition to
benefit public health. To accomplish these goals, the Danone Institute
International supports research initiatives and training programs on diet and
nutrition for health and education professionals and disseminates information
on diet and nutrition to the general public.

About the Nutrition Society
The Nutrition Society (NS) was established in 1941 'to advance the scientific
study of nutrition and its application to the maintenance of human and animal
health'. Its vision is to lead in the development, dissemination and promotion
of nutrition science to the global community through the principal activities
of publishing internationally renowned Learned Journals; holding of scientific
meetings; publishing textbooks on the science of nutrition and providing
education and training services. Based in the UK, the Nutrition Society, with
2,800 members worldwide, is the largest Learned Society for nutrition in
Europe. Visit us at or email:

About the Dairy Research Institute^®
The Dairy Research Institute was established under the leadership of America's
dairy farmers with a commitment to nutrition, product and sustainability
research. The Dairy Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
created to strengthen the dairy industry's access to and investment in the
technical research required to drive innovation and demand for dairy products
and ingredients globally. The Institute works with and through industry,
academic, government and commercial partners to drive pre-competitive research
in nutrition, products and sustainability on behalf of the Innovation Center
for U.S. Dairy^®, National Dairy Council^® and other partners. The Dairy
Research Institute is primarily funded by the national dairy checkoff program
managed by Dairy Management Inc.™

SOURCE American Society for Nutrition

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