Investigator Selected to Chair IOM Committee on National School Meals

08/1/2008

Virginia Stallings, M.D., Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, has been selected to chair an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee designed to review the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).

Dr. Stallings, along with 13 other committee members, will review the programs’ meal pattern and nutrient standards based on their assessments of the nutritional needs of school-aged children and present suggested revisions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Over a 24 month period, which began in February 2008, Dr. Stallings and committee members will address issues such as childhood obesity and hunger and hope to revise the program in a way that will foster healthy eating habits in children. This is the first attempt at seriously revising the federally assisted programs since the NSLP was implemented in 1946 and the SBP was implemented in 1975.

Dr. Stallings is a member of the IOM and has previously chaired several IOM committees, including the Committee on Nutrition Services for Medicare Beneficiaries; the Committee on the Scientific Basis for Dietary Risk Eligibility Criteria for Women, Infants and Children Programs; and the Committee on Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools.

As a pediatric nutritionist at Stokes Institute, Dr. Stallings continues to dedicate her work to nutrition-related growth failure in children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions.