Prominent pediatrician bolsters G.F.F. advisory board

by Josh Sosland
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Dyan Hess, Grain Foods Foundation
Dyan Hes has been named to the scientific advisory board of the Grain Foods Foundation.

WASHINGTON  Dyan Hes, the proprietor and medical director of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York, has been named to the scientific advisory board of the Grain Foods Foundation.

In addition, Dr. Hes is a director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, an assistant attending pediatrician at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College.

“Given the important role of grains, especially in the diets of children, we are excited to add Dr. Hes to our scientific advisory Board,” said Christine Cochran, G.F.F. executive director. “Dr. Hes’ specialty in pediatrics provides a new area of expertise on our S.A.B. Her specialization in childhood obesity provides valuable perspective and understanding of a health epidemic that is plaguing American families. Dr. Hes has the capability to communicate the essential need for grains as part of a balanced diet in ensuring childhood development and establishing healthy eating patterns for life.”

The foundation believes the addition of Dr. Hes is especially important because of the need for the G.F.F. to provide input into the Pregnancy and Birth to 24 Months Project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The initiative will form the basis of what will become a new part of the 2020 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

“Furthermore, Dr. Hes will play an integral role in promoting scientific research G.F.F. is conducting around the impact of grains in the diets of children in the U.S.,” the group said.

Other G.F.F. scientific advisory board members include Glenn Gaesser, professor of exercise science and health promotion and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University; Shelley Case, celiac nutrition expert and author of “Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide”; Sylvia Klinger, founder of Hispanic Food Communications; Richard Mattes, distinguished professor of nutrition science at Purdue University; Julie Miller Jones, professor emeritus at St. Catherine University; Suzanne Steinbaum, attending cardiologist and director of Women and Heart Disease, Lenox Hill Hospital; and Bruce Young, Silverman professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University School of Medicine. 
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