August 22, 2017  

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Southern Miss Researcher Leads National Webinar Presentation

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Alexandra Castillo

Alexandra Castillo, a researcher with the National Food Service Management Institute, Applied Research Division (NFSMI, ARD) at The University of Southern Mississippi led a national webinar presentation on school nutrition and marketing strategies earlier this year in Los Angeles, Calif.

Castillo was invited by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, California Food Policy Advocates Group and the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute to lead the seminar. The webinar was presented to approximately 400 participants from across the country.

Participants were also given a preview of the upcoming research-based NFSMI Marketing Resource Guide that will be available on the Institute’s website ( this summer.

Castillo also spoke to an international delegation of child nutrition and wellness professionals recently at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She shared information about how the NFSMI, ARD unit conducts applies research projects, develops resources for child nutrition programs across the United States and supports other divisions of the Institute at the University of Mississippi.

The National Food Service Management Institute, Applied Research Division, is the only research unit funded by the U.S. Congress to conduct applied research in child nutrition programs and development projects that influence child nutrition program operations.