The American Dietetic Association has released the findings of ADA’s nationwide consumer opinion survey, Nutrition and You: Trends 2008. The results were released in Chicago at the American Dietetic Association’s annual meeting, the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, being held October 25-28 at McCormick Place West. ADA conducted its first nationwide consumer nutrition trends survey in 1991, with follow-up surveys in 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2008. The aims of each survey have been:
    To measure people’s attitudes, knowledge, beliefs and behaviors regarding food and nutrition.
    To identify trends and understand how consumers’ attitudes and behavior have evolved over time.
    “In 2008, as in previous years, the American Dietetic Association’s public opinion survey takes a close look at trends in the U.S.,” said registered dietitian and ADA President Martin M. Yadrick. “For the public, the media and researchers alike, ADA’s survey provides a clear picture of consumers’ current attitudes, valuable insights into people’s perceptions of registered dietitians and an outstanding opportunity to trace the evolution of knowledge and beliefs about food and nutrition over the past 17 years,” Yadrick said.
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