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JAMA Revisited
May 23/30, 2017

Anniversary of the National Nutrition Conference

JAMA. 2017;317(20):2136. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.4442

Originally Published May 30, 1942 | JAMA. 1942;119(5):417- 418.

The National Nutrition Conference called by President Roosevelt in May 1941 assembled diversified interests in the field of nutrition and stimulated the formulation of a national program. The responsibility for coordinating the programs and activities of public and private agencies, national, state and local, into a unified program for the promotion of better nutrition rests with the Office of Defense Health and Welfare Services, of which Federal Security Administrator Paul V. McNutt is director. M. L. Wilson is assistant director in charge of nutrition and Dr. W. H. Sebrell is deputy assistant director. Helen S. Mitchell is principal nutritionist.