Food Safety and Nutrition
Percent Daily Value!
The second of two web seminars on the topic of Food
Safety and Nutrition was held on Thursday, May 31, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. Eastern time. The presenter was Crystal Rasnake,
Nutritionist in the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements in the
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the Food and Drug Administration.
Ms. Rasnake talked about the percent daily value on the food label and the "Make
Your Calories Count" interactive website that can be used in the classroom to teach
about the food label.
Crystal Rasnake defined "Daily Value" as the reference values that are used to assist
consumers in understanding how nutrients fit into the context of the total daily
diet. The daily value assists consumers in comparing nutritional values of food
products. "Making Your Calories Count" is an interactive learning program that provides
consumers with information to help plan a healthful diet while managing calorie
intake. All participants received a copy of NSTA's SciGuide about Science and Our
Food Supply, grades 5-8.
Twenty-three (23) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition
to the presenter and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states
of Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri,
Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "I teach health and nutrition. Reading food labels is part of my program."
- "I have a background in family consumer science, so I appreciate the subject matter and how it is presented to science teachers."
- "Make Your Calories Count website is awesome and will be a wonderful tool for use in the classroom."
- "I will be teaching a comprehensive Family and Consumer Science class next year and this seminar has been a good refresher course. The Labelman website and the SciGuide will be helpful, too."
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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