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School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children
Medicine. Her primary research interest area is the prevention of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. Current projects include the exploration of strategies to increase school breakfast consumption in middle schools; the development and evaluation of a website on healthy eating and physical activity for high school students; the evaluation of a web-based program on healthy eating for African American families; and dissemination of a video intervention on improving the family home food environment and food parenting tips for Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program classes. Dr. Cullen’s professional memberships include the Society for Nutrition Education, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Dietetic Association, and the Texas Dietetic Association (Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001). She serves as a member of the Dannon Institute Scientific Council, the Dannon Institute Schools Committee, and the Schools Committee of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Dr. Cullen has an M.S. in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and a Dr.P.H. in health promotion and health education from The University of Texas School of Public Health.
ROSEMARY DEDERICHS, B.A., is Director of the Food Services Department for the Minneapolis Public School District, Minnesota. She has worked with the school district for 24 years, serving as a food service assistant, site manager, multisite coordinator, and operations manager. Ms. Dederichs began her career in schools as a certified elementary school teacher. At present she is certified as a State and City Food Manager and certified at Level III in Child Nutrition through the National School Nutrition Association. Ms. Dederichs is a former executive board member of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association and serves on the Gold Star Advisory Board for General Mills, Inc. She received the Golden Apple Award for Nutrition Education from the Minnesota School Nutrition Association and a Community Partner Star Award from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences Division, in recognition of her contributions to the guidance of Minneapolis Public Schools students. She was also a corecipient of the Allina Health Systems 2006 Healthy Community Award for developing healthier menus for her students. She was a member of the IOM Committee on Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools. Ms. Dederichs has a B.A. in psychology from Mundelein College of Loyola University and conducted additional studies in education at Northern Illinois University, College of DuPage, and Elmhurst College.
MARY KAY FOX, M.Ed., is Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research Inc. Ms. Fox has more than 20 years of research experience with child nutrition and school programs and is a recognized authority on the USDA school meal programs. She directed the second School Nutrition