Eating for Pleasure, Eating for Health: French and American perspectives on teaching children about food.


    Claude Fischler
Fischler heads the Interdisciplinary Institute for Contemporary Anthropology in Paris. His main area of research is food habits in cross cultural perspectives. His current focus is on commensality - the sharing of food
Paul Rozin
Psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the psychological, cultural, and biological determinants of human food choice
Karen Le Billon
Professor, Director, and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia and author of "French Kids Eat Everything"
Janet Poppendieck
Professor Emerita of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York and author of "Free For All: Fixing School Food in America"
Nancy Easton
Executive Director and Co-Founder of Wellness in the Schools, inspiring healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in New York City's public schools
Greg Silverman
Manager of Educational Outreach for Share our Strength's Cooking Matters. Chef Greg recently returned from living in the U.K. where he worked for the city of London to help combat childhood obesity through grass roots culinary skills.

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Raphaelle Rico | SOPEXA USA | 212.386.7426


The rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. and France is on the rise, as is the prevalence of diet-related chronic disease. In both countries, the government and private sector have stepped in, making strides towards solving these crucial problems. The conference will examine each country's relationship with eating in order to establish the key differences between American and French food culture. The conference's focus will then shift to initiatives undertaken by the U.S. and France, equipping both countries with new means of educating young people on how to eat well, especially at school.

This Conference is Free. Space is Limited.


Live streaming coverage available for those who cannot attend.