Cornell Professor to Speak on Food Insecurity Issues

Christine M. Olson, professor of community nutrition, division of nutritional sciences, Cornell University, will speak on “U.S. Food Insecurity Then and Now: How far have we come since the 1980’s?” on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. in 917 Campus Center.

In her talk, which is part of the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series, Olson will briefly review the history of monitoring food insecurity in the U.S. 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.

Olson conducts research and extension-outreach programs focused on the nutritional concerns of women and children. Her research focuses on food insecurity in the U.S. . 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. 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.

The Center for Research on Families is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture 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.

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