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Wellness & Nutrition Core Advisory Committee

Working in collaboration with Senator Harkin, the Wellness and Nutrition Core Advisory Committee has identified and defined the research agenda that drives The Harkin Institute's public policy initiatives in wellness and nutrition. The committee began meeting early in 2017 to select timely and relevant topics that align with the Senator's previous work in the area; relate to social justice, fairness, or opportunity; are nonpartisan; and require additional examination for the public good.

The committee comprises five esteemed professionals who are national leaders in the fields of wellness and nutrition:

Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
For 15 years Dietz was director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has served as president of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. He has received numerous awards for his advocacy in the areas of obesity, nutrition, physical fitness, and pediatrics. Dietz hold a medical degree from the Unviersity of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Prior to her work at the foundation, Lavizzo-Mourey served as the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems, director of the Institute on Aging, and chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and the President's Council for Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. She was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes in 2008. She received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an MBA from Wharton School.

Founder and President, Preventative Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Ornish is the author of six national best-sellers on health and the creater of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, which is the first comprehensive lifestyle program to be covered by Medicare. He serves on the board of directors of the J. Craig Venter Institute and on the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. Ornish has received numerous accolades for his work, including being named one of the most influential members of his generation by Life magazine. Ornish holds an M.D. from the Baylor College of Medicine.

Founding Executive Director, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law
In addition to teaching food law at UCLA, Roberts is a reseach fellow at the Center for Coordination and Innovation for Food Safety at Beijing's Renmin University, as well as an adjunct professor of law at both East China University of Science and Technology and Michigan State University. He recently authored the first major treatise on food law, Food Law in the United States, in addition to serving as the co-editor of the casebook Food Law & Policy. Roberts previously served as a consultant to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

Founder and Program Director, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
In addition to leading the Center for Integrative Medicine, Weil serves the University of Arizona as both the Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology and clinical professor of medicine and professor of public health. He is the autor of 14 books, such as The Natural Mind, as well as many articles, including a monthly column in Prevention magazine. He has been reconized by Time as one of the 25 most influential Americans (1997) and 100 most influential people in the world (2005). He was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 1998. Weil received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Harkin Institute
October 2, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen Benjamin will discuss the evolving role of American mayors in today’s political environment and other top issues facing American cities at The Harkin Institute’s Sussman Lecture on Oct. 30 at Drake University.