Science in Session convenes 'change makers' / Fighting food insecurity and its harsh health impacts / Upcoming World Osteoporosis Day opportunity to spotlight value of supplements


OCTOBER 12, 2022

‘Science in Session’ presents in-depth research, convenes leading science minds with future nutrition leaders

CRN Senior Scientific Advisory Council chair Dr. Susan Mitmesser, Pharmavite, and Science in Session planning committee chair, Dr. Yasmeen Nkrumah-Elie, Chromadex, delivered opening remarks.

“While some believe supplements are only for reversing deficiencies and preventing diseases like scurvy and pellagra, we know our industry has the potential to provide optimal health support so people can live their best lives, and today, we continue that journey,” said Yasmeen Nkrumah-Elie, Ph.D., global director of R&D for External Research, Chromadex, and chair of CRN’s Science in Session Planning Subcommittee as part of the day’s opening remarks yesterday.

“We are the science-activists of our industry,” Dr. Nkrumah-Elie added. “We are the change makers that are prioritizing and standing on the foundation of scientific integrity of our products. We are the lifelong learners that are open to innovation, and want to make the world better today and in the future. We are the ones who know that we have great products, and we are seeking the strategies and resources to definitively demonstrate what we believe. We are the future of our industry.”

Dr. Nkrumah-Elie joined CRN Senior Scientific Advisory Council Chair Susan Mitmesser, Ph.D., vice president, Science & Technology, Pharmavite, in kicking off a day’s worth of in-depth presentations with the theme of “optimizing health through nutrition.”

Dr. Mitmesser noted a trio of special guests in attendance at Science in Session—this year’s CRN and American Society for Nutrition Foundation (ASNF) Program Scholars (CAPS):

  • Samiha Azgar, Cornell University

  • Samantha Fessler, Arizona State University 

  • Doreen Larvie, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

“The program selects winners based on their academic record and commitment to research,” Dr. Mitmesser explained, adding an important reminder for CRN members. “Programs like CAPS need your support. I invite you to join Pharmavite in making this an enduring opportunity for future nutrition professionals.” The students were each connected with a mentor from CRN’s membership.

CAPS awardee Doreen Larvie with mentor Sonia Hartunian-Sowa, DSM Nutritional Products; mentor Yasmeen Nkrumah-Elie, ChromaDex with CAPS awardee Samantha Fessler, Arizona State University; mentor Casey Vanous, Herbalife Nutrition, with CAPS awardee Samiha Azgar, Cornell University.

Keep an eye out for more reporting from CRN’s Science in Session in upcoming editions of the Daily Supplement.

Food insecurity tied to cardiovascular disease—Now, New, Next attendees to #Act4Access on-site in Phoenix

New research published in JAMA Cardiology, Food Insecurity Among Individuals With Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors Across Race and Ethnicity in 1999–2018, found that food insecurity increased many aspects of cardiovascular disease.

“Hand in hand with food insecurity is nutrition insecurity and the vast body of research demonstrates that poor nutrition has a myriad of negative health effects,” James Griffiths, Ph.D., CRN's SVP of international and scientific affairs, told NutraIngredients-USA.

“Our recently released Supplements to Savings’ study illustrates that getting adequate levels of magnesium, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2 all can lower the insistence and societal healthcare costs for coronary artery disease (CAD),” Dr. Griffiths added.

“CRN called out these nutrition-access concerns to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition & Health last week, reminding them that efforts to address hunger must include getting good nutrition to at-risk populations,” Dr. Griffiths continued. CRN submitted comments regarding the conference, advocating for including multivitamin/mineral (MVMs) supplements in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) benefits.

In addition, CRN’s Chairman’s Challenge to #Act4Access inspired members to volunteer or donate to non-profits in an effort to increase access to nutrition and nutrition education between June and September.

Tomorrow, Now, New, Next attendees will have the opportunity to #Act4Access with their industry colleagues, volunteering at St. Mary's Food Bank as a group.

What's next: CRN will compile member efforts from the Chairman’s Challenge as the Nutrition Access Task Force plans next steps and will present them at a webinar on Nov. 16.

‘Supplements to Savings’ report presents data on calcium, vitamin D, and osteoporosis

Share CRN Foundation social media graphics about calcium, vitamin D, and osteoporosis.

World Osteoporosis Day is Oct. 20 and the CRN Foundation is highlighting new data from its “Supplements to Savings” report on how supplementation with calcium and vitamin D can improve quality of life and reduce health care costs associated with osteoporotic fractures.

Access report resources on calcium and vitamin D to:

By the numbers: The report found significant health care cost savings from the use of calcium (1,000 mg per day) and vitamin D (15 mcg per day) supplements by the target population:

  • 13.3% of the target population of U.S. adults 50 years and older currently take calcium and vitamin D supplements.

  • There is a 14.4% reduction in risk of osteoporotic fracture from the use of these supplements.

  • Net savings from the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements is $19.92 billion on average per year, 2022–2030.

  • Savings still on the table that could be realized if the entire at-risk population was to take calcium and vitamin D supplements at the preventive daily intake levels is $17.27 billion.

Go deeper: The full “Calcium & Vitamin D and Osteoporosis" chapter discusses the burden and social consequences of osteoporosis and includes a scientific literature review as well as an analysis of the economic implications with detailed data.

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