served as chair of the Child Health and Wellness Advisory Council for the State of Tennessee. She holds a B.A. from Temple University, an M.P.H. from Temple University, and a Dr.P.H. in community health from the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral science at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

SARA BENJAMIN NEELON, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., is assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Global Health Institute. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research fellow for the Obesity Prevention Program in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Benjamin Neelon’s research focuses on nutrition and physical activity interventions for children from birth to 5 years of age, evaluation of the nutrition and physical activity environment in child care settings, early childhood predictors of obesity, feeding practices as predictors of later obesity, and nutrition policy and regulation in child care. She has published a book on nutrition for children in child care: Making Food Healthy and Safe for Children: How to Meet the National Health and Safety Performance Standards—Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs. Dr. Benjamin Neelon received both her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in nutrition from UNC, Chapel Hill.

LAUREL J. BRANEN, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., is professor of family and consumer sciences in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Idaho. Dr. Branen is a nationally recognized expert on issues associated with feeding young children in group settings, and lectures at workshops and seminars across the country. She co-developed Feeding Young Children in Group Settings, an educational program designed for child care professionals, educators, food service workers, and others who train staff or parents on issues related to feeding. She also co-developed Mealtime and Active Play Partnerships, a website that includes childhood obesity prevention training materials. She received her B.S. in food science and technology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; her M.S. in home economics (nutrition education) from Washington State University, Pullman; and her Ph.D. in education, cognate in counseling, from the University of Idaho, Moscow.

DAVID V. B. BRITT, M.P.A., is past president and chief executive officer of Sesame Workshop. Mr. Britt’s earlier professional experience includes executive positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Equal



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