Proposal to Change the Name of the
International Nutrition Council
The current name, International Nutrition Council, implies that
the society takes a US perspective, and members work in other
countries. The Council seeks to attract members worldwide and to
address problems of vulnerable populations anywhere. “Global” is
widely replacing “International” as a designation for academic
and research programs for this reason, and it is appropriate for
the INC to adopt this new designation. At the Business Meeting,
there was wide support for the idea of replacing “International”
with “Global” in the name of the Council.
2. Suggested names
The INC Governing Committee has suggested the name Global Public Nutrition Council. This name replaces International with the more inclusive term Global, and the term Public Nutrition is understood as an inclusive term (from genes to policy) that emphasizes that the Council works to have impact at the population level. “Public Nutrition” is a term analogous to “Public Health," but more inclusive and representative of the broad interests amongst the INC's membership.
Other members suggested the name Global Nutrition Council. This name replaces International with Global, but avoids the perception of narrowing or specifying the kinds of research and action that members engage in.
A third suggestion was Global Food and Nutrition Council. This name replaces International with Global, and emphasizes that the members are engaged in research and action on issues related to human nutrition and on food systems and diets.
A fourth option is to keep the name of the Council as it is.
3. Other issues
The idea of including the term “research” in the name was discussed, but there was some feeling that the research mission is clear because INC is a Council of the ASN, whose mission explicitly incorporates research.
There was concern that Global Nutrition Council would be abbreviated “GNC” and possibly be associated with a commercial supplement maker with the same initials, although this is a concern primarily in the US.
The suggestion of resolving this problem by using the name
Council on Global Nutrition was countered by the concern that ASN
may like all the councils to have the term “Council” as the last
word of their names.
4. Process for Name Change
In order to change the name of the Council, the members must vote. The voting process will be by electronic survey emailed to all INC members. Each member will designate a first, second, and third choice, so that the preferences of those whose first choice is not selected will have their preferences taken into account.
Members will have two weeks to vote on the new name after the email ballot is sent.
The new name will be proposed to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Nutrition, which must approve it before it becomes official.
Before a ballot is sent electronically, the Governing Committee invites members to leave their comments on the INC web site, including opinions about the names currently suggested and any additional suggestions. Please leave your comments by May 20. After reviewing the comments, the Governing Committee will send an electronic ballot to all members as described above.
Thank you in advance for your participation!
Please leave your comments and/or name suggestions below.