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.

The Making Your Calories Count modules can be used to teach in the classroom. 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 Virginia.

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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