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TWU’s Bednar appointed to national school nutrition committee


DENTON — Dr. Carolyn Bednar, Texas Woman’s University professor of nutrition and food sciences, is one of only nine nutrition professionals in the country selected to serve on the School Nutrition Association’s Research Committee.

“This committee focuses on identifying and facilitating research on issues relevant to school nutrition,” Dr. Bednar said. “Current issues we are working on include national nutrition standards for schools, school wellness policies, labor recruitment and retention, food costs and environmental sustainability.”

As a TWU professor, Dr. Bednar has directed a number of graduate student research projects related to these topics. She currently is working with Dora Rivas, division manager of food and child nutrition services for the Dallas Independent School District, to develop a pilot School Nutrition Specialist Internship Program that will begin this summer. The program will train a selected number of TWU graduate students for administrative positions in school nutrition programs.

Dr. Bednar has taught at TWU for more than 15 years and served as the department chair for nutrition and food sciences from 1997 to 2006. She has held leadership positions in several national and state organizations, including chair of the Association of Nutrition Departments and Programs, director of the Texas Dietetic Association Foundation and president of the North Texas Dietetic Association. She also has received several awards, including the Leader’s Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Wimpmiller-Guggenheim Award for an outstanding international project from the American Dietetic Association Foundation and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Texas Dietetic Association.

Her research has appeared in several publications, including the International Journal of Educational Research, the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the Journal of Nutrition Education and the Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. She currently serves as the associate editor of the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal.

The School Nutrition Association is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. For more information, visit www.schoolnutrition.org.



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