Thornton to Address ACF Conference

Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, will be a guest speaker at the 2010 American Culinary Federation National Convention Aug. 2-5, in Anaheim, CA. Thornton will join ACF National President Michael Ty, CEC, ACC, at the convention’s General Session on August 5 from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to discuss the partnership between ACF and the USDA as it relates to educating the public on childhood nutrition and healthy eating and the Chefs Move to Schools program. The program, launched on the South Lawn of the White House June 4 by Michelle Obama and Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and the food initiative coordinator, will be run through the USDA.

“We have embraced the Chefs Move to Schools program, and look forward to being a part of the solution to childhood obesity,” Ty says. “We are privileged to have Dr. Thornton address our members on a topic so close to the hearts of those who are passionate about the health and well-being of our nation’s children.”

Thornton is responsible for improving the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting science-based dietary guidance and administering USDA’s 15 nutrition-assistance programs. FNCS programs work to end hunger in the United States and provide nutrition assistance, dietary guidance, nutrition policy coordination and nutrition education.