Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Hentges leaves USDA for ILSI's North American branch

Nutrition Today (no free link) this month reports that Eric Hentges, formerly head of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the federal government center that oversees the Dietary Guidelines, has a new executive position with the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), an important scientific institute for the field of nutrition.
Eric Hentges, PhD, is the new executive director of the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (North America). In this capacity, Dr Hentges will work closely with International Life Sciences Institute North America members, trustees, science advisors, and staff to enhance the organization programs and the impact of its scientific output. He brings over 25 years of experience in nutrition education, research, planning, and administration to the job. Since 2003, he has been the executive director of the US Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, which is well known for its Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guidance System. Dr Hentges holds degrees from Iowa State University, Auburn University, and Oklahoma University. He and Susan Borra, vice president of the International Food Information Council Foundation and a past president of the American Dietetic Association, were married in early July. Congratulations, Eric! And best wishes to the Nutrition Couple of the Year!
In addition to the experience mentioned in Nutrition Today's news brief, Hentges was previously a vice president of the National Pork Board, the semi-governmental USDA-sponsored board that funds advertising with the slogan "Pork. The Other White Meat" (see previous posts, and this one about the Other White Meat campaign).

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