Lecture: U.S. Food Insecurity Then and Now: How Far Have We Come Since the 1980’s?

Event Details

September 19, 2013
4:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 917

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series presents:

 Professor of Community Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University.

U.S. Food Insecurity Then and Now: How far have we come since the 1980’s?

Dr. Christine Olson conducts research and extension-outreach programs focused on the nutritional concerns of women and children. Her research focuses on food insecurity in the US. Dr. Olson’s research group was involved in the development and validation of the items included in the Food Security Supplement in the Current Population Survey. She has published numerous papers on the causes and consequences of food insecurity. She was recently involved in a large multi-state project that followed low-income rural families over three years and studied factors associated with change in hunger and food insecurity status. Dr. Olson also studies how weight gain during pregnancy and health behaviors (eating, physical activity, and breastfeeding) influence the development of obesity in women and their children. A current project examines the efficacy of electronic communication interventions in promoting healthy body weights in childbearing women.

Christine Olson will briefly review the history of monitoring food insecurity in the US population.  She will describe some of the key contributions of research to the understanding of the causes and consequences of food insecurity.  Finally, she will consider what, if any, influence monitoring and research has had on policies and programs to address food insecurity and speculate on future directions. 

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The Tay Gavin Erickson Lectures Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.