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  • Project Team - Childhood Overweight

    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to this project:

    Workgroup Members (Treatment)

    • Christina W. Biesemeier, MS, RD, LD, FADA, Chair
    • Joyce B. Bittle, PhD, RD, LDN
    • Nancy Copperman, MS, RD, CND
    • Heather S. Holden, Med RD, LD, CDE
    • Shelley Kirk, PhD, RD, LD
    • Aida C. G. Miles, MMSc, RD, LD
    • Lorrene D. Ritchie, PhD, RD
    • Denise Sofka, MPH, RD

    Workgroup Members (Prevention)

    • Patricia B. Crawford, DrPH, RD
    • Dana E. Gerstein, MPH, RD
    • Karen E. Peterson, PhD, RD
    • Lorrene D. Ritchie, PhD, RD
    • Greg Welk, PhD

    Project Directors

    • J. Scott Parrott, PhD
    • Esther F. yers, PhD, RD

    Evidence Analysts

    • Debby K. Demory-Luce, PhD, RD, LD
    • Michelle Ihmels, MS
    • Sarah Kim , MPH
    • Sarah Krathwohl, MPH
    • Jodee Schaben, PhD

    Position Paper Authors

    • Lorrene D. Ritchie, PhD, RD
    • Patricia B. Crawford, DrPH, RD
    • Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RD
    • Melinda S. Sothern, PhD

    Academy Staff

    • Deborah Cummins, PhD
    • Cathy Devlin, RD
    • Kari Kren, MPH, RD
    • Esther F. Myers, PhD, RD

    Financial Contributors

    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Dairy Management, Inc.
    • National Dairy Council


    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, the Academy has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the Academy Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers.


    • None of the workgroup members listed above disclosed potential conflicts