The Massachusetts Nutrition Board (MNB) a state advisory board established under Chapter 833 of the Acts of 1974, provides leadership and advocacy on nutrition issues affecting Massachusetts residents, particularly for those who are malnourished, hungry, affected by chronic disease, or otherwise at nutritional risk.
The goals of the MNB, as outlined in the enabling legislation, promote the integration of nutrition effects in the Commonwealth are:
- To inform and educate Massachusetts residents about nutrition and wellness related issues through the Massachusetts Nutrition Board website.
- To encourage the integration of nutrition components in all appropriate public and private health care programs.
- To monitor the nutritional status of all segments of the population.
- To provide nutrition information on current nutrition topics.
- To make recommendations on legislation regarding nutritional and food service issues.
- To coordinate food and nutrition-related resources and programs for maximum effectiveness.
- To support adequate state and federal funding for the implementation of food and nutrition services.
- To identify short and long term nutrition needs for maximum effectiveness via Board membership.
MNB members are leaders in nutrition and health. Members include nine gubernatorial appointees:
- A physician
- A community nutritionist
- A nutrition educator
- A food industry representative
- Five community representatives and advocates for improved nutrition and health initiatives
Current members include representatives from the following state agencies and partner organizations:
The Board meets at the Department of Public Health at 250 Washington St. quarterly. Meetings are working sessions that often include presentations from Board members or invited guests and offer opportunities to raise issues, discuss concerns, or simply to develop networks. Board meetings are vehicles for interagency communication and coordination on nutrition issues. All meetings are open to the public. Massachusetts Nutrition Board Meeting Information
Diana M. Hoek
Director for Policy, Marketing & Training
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St., 6th Fl.
Boston, MA 02108