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Egg Nutrition Center History, Mission and Objectives

What is the Egg Nutrition Center?

Why does the egg industry need such a Center?

How was the Center started?

What is the purpose of the Center?

Who advises the Center?

What is the mission of the Center?

What is the rationale and approach of the Center to its mission?

 

What is the Egg Nutrition Center?
The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) was established in 1984 for the purpose of providing commercial egg producers and processors, health promotion agencies, and consumers with a resource for scientifically accurate information on egg nutrition and the role of eggs in the health and nutrition of the American diet. ENC is located in Washington, DC and communicates regularly with industry, government, the media, and a variety of health promotion and nutrition agencies.

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Why does the egg industry need such a Center?
Since dietary cholesterol is an important health and nutrition concern, much of the Center's activities focus on this complicated heath issue. A panel of independent scientists guides the research and educational projects of ENC and provides analysis and interpretation of current scientific literature. The primary responsibilities of ENC are to acquire, assess, and disseminate information on the contribution of eggs to the balance, variety and moderation of the American diet. The Center is dedicated to providing balanced, accurate information on the complex issues surrounding eggs, dietary cholesterol and health.

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How was the Center started?
ENC was founded 1 August 1984 for the purpose of providing a nutritional information and response source for the egg industry and the public at large. ENC is the industry resource for science based information on egg nutrition and egg associated health issues. ENC is a cooperative project of two industry association, the American Egg Board [AEB] and United Egg Producers [UEP].

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What is the purpose of the Center?
It is the purpose of the Center, through research and education, to provide a better understanding of the role of eggs in the diet as related to health promotion and disease prevention. ENC disseminates information to inform health care professionals and consumers of the nutritional benefits of including eggs in a balanced diet.

These aims are achieved by:

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continued assessment of research on the role of eggs in nutrition, and promotion and administration of the AEB Grant-in-Aid research program
production of newsletters and educational materials, and sponsorship of scientific meetings
cooperate activities activities with other organizations to promote the aims of the Center
educating health care professionals and consumers on the contribution of eggs in nutrition
serving as a clearing house for media and nutrition educators in disseminating facts regarding the role of eggs in the human diet

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Who advises the Center?
AEB regularly convenes a Scientific Advisory Panel of independent scientists with expertise in human nutrition, food safety, epidemiology, and cardiology to evaluate research grant applications and to advise ENC and AEB regarding current issues related to eggs and health.

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What is the mission of the Center?
The ENC mission of the is to provide to the egg industry, health agencies, media and consumer the most up-to-date science-based information on the nutritional contribution of eggs to the American diet, and to promote eggs as a nutritious, convenient, safe, and affordable contributor to the balance and variety of a nutritious diet.

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What is the rationale and approach of the Center to its mission?
ENC provides a mechanism by which scientific research on diet and health issues related to eggs in the diet can be directly evaluated and provided to the industry and the consumer. ENC monitors nutrition research reports and nutrition policy development, administers the Research Grant-in-Aid Program of the American Egg Board, reviews and summaries recent research reports in its quarterly newsletter, Nutrition Close-Up and makes available a variety of educational materials for health professionals and consumers at its exhibits at national meetings.

 

 
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