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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 18, 2004

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Suzanne Murphy Receives Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award

Wilmington, Del. - Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) and the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Food and Nutrition Section awarded Suzanne Murphy, Ph.D., R.D., the Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award on November 7, 2004. Murphy is professor, Etiology Program at the Cancer Research Center of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Barbara Berry, vice president of programs at PBH, presented the award at the APHA annual meeting in Washington, D.C. She sited Murphy's significant contributions to the dietary guidance field as both a researcher and policy maker. "Her worthiness for this award is exemplified by her tireless efforts in the areas of dietary assessment methodology, development of food composition databases, communications of nutrition principles, and nutritional epidemiology of chronic diseases," said Berry.

Professor Murphy has served as a member of the National Nutrition Monitoring Advisory Council and as vice-chair of the 2000 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. In addition, she has served on several Institute of Medicine panels including the Subcommittee on Interpretation and Uses of Dietary Reference Intakes, the Subcommittee on Upper Safe Reference Levels of Nutrients, the Panel on Calcium and Related Nutrients, and the Committee to Review the WIC food package, of which she is presently the chair.

During her career she authored or co-authored over 60 scientific publications in national peer-reviewed professional journals on these and related topics. She holds a masters degree in molecular biology from San Francisco State University and a doctoral degree in nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award is the result of the vision and efforts of Sue Krebs-Smith at the National Cancer Institute. Its purpose is to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of dietary guidance formulation, research, education, implementation, or policy change.

PBH is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead the way to achieving increased daily consumption of fruits and vegetables by leveraging private industry resources, leveraging public sector resources, influencing policy makers, motivating key consumer influencers, and promoting fruits and vegetables directly to consumers. The foundation is a member of the National 5 A Day Partnership, consisting of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry working in collaboration to expand 5 A Day efforts to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables for improved public health. The 5 A Day for Better Health program is the nation's largest public-private nutrition education initiative with 5 A Day coordinators in each state, territory and the military. To learn more, visit www.5aday.org.

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