SNEB eCommunicator
Jun. 12, 2014

Seeking evidence for the uptake of MyPlate
SNEB members Elyse Levine and Amy Mobley, along with a collaboration of research and communication experts, proposed an evaluation framework to assess the effectiveness of the MyPlate initiative in a 2012 JNEB article, "Evaluating MyPlate: An Expanded Framework Using Traditional and Non-Traditional Metrics for Assessing Health Communication Campaigns."More

Healthy meeting resolution open for comment through June 26
SNEB Healthy Meetings Resolution

SNEB has received a resolution for consideration which has met the criteria according to the Issues and Resolutions Review Policy. Please review the resolution and use the area at the bottom of the webpage to provide comments, additional information and links to other resources as appropriate. This area is moderated but comments will be posted each morning after determining the author is a current SNEB member. More

Annual Conference online registration is open until June 23
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New to the conference schedule "An Evening with USDA: Updates in Nutrition Research and Programs" featuring Dr. Dionne Toombs. View the conference program. More

Not attending the conference? Watch great speakers live
Thirteen conference sessions will be available to view online, live for $25 per session for members. One day and all conference packages available. A full schedule and registration form are available online. More

Upcoming webinars
Aging and Muscle Loss: Too Young to Worry? Think Again!
Date: Thursday, June 19 | Time: 1 to 2:15 p.m. EDT | Register
Although many people consider sarcopenia — the degenerative loss of muscle mass, function and strength — with old age, it’s actually a progressive syndrome that begins much earlier in life. Sponsored by the National Dairy Council.More

Latest review in the MyPlate eCatalog
Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best includes three lessons (treks) for grades seven and eight that math, science and English teachers can integrate into their course curricula. Schools can embark on the challenge to reach "Produce Peak," investigate nutritious snack choices to fuel their trek or conduct a school survey. Read what MyPlate eCatalog reviewers say about the resource here.More

SNEB member news
From Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County

Need free fruit and veggie photos for blogs, PowerPoints, articles, etc.? To encourage eating fruits & veggies during the growing season, I've uploaded 60+ photos to Flickr and given them a Creative Commons license so you can use them any way you want. View and download here.More

Social media survey
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Your responses will help us plan for JNEB's social media strategy. More

The pros and cons of food stamps at farmers' markets
As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, low-income moms are provided with vouchers to purchase healthy, nutritious food for their families. Farmers' markets have become part of this program as well, in order to expand the fresh produce options that low-income families have. But the latest study of WIC families in Illinois highlights the fact that the exact benefits of farmers' market vouchers are hard to figure out. More

JNEB Journal Club 2014 fall semester announced
We have 11 sessions planned for this fall. Check out the full schedule here. If you are interested in being registered for all sessions, please email

Team Nutrition events booklet now in print!
Department of Agriculture
Are you looking for fun ways to promote nutrition and physical activity at your elementary or middle school?More

Proposed changes to the nutrition facts label
Everything you need to know about FDA's proposed changes to the nutrition label including some easy infographics. More

'Often and early' gives children a taste for vegetables
Exposing infants to a new vegetable early in life encourages them to eat more of it compared to offering novel vegetables to older children, new research from the University of Leeds suggests. The researchers also found that even fussy eaters are able to eat a bit more of a new vegetable each time they are offered it.More

Adverse effects of BMI reporting and Fitnessgrams
The Advocacy and Communications Committee released a press release about the adverse effects of BMI Reporting and "Fitnessgrams" in schools in response to recent Fitnessgrams sent to students by the New York Department of Education. You can access the release on the AED website here.More

Kindergarteners learn to build a healthier tray in Discover MyPlate
Department of Agriculture
Discover MyPlate is fun and inquiry-based nutrition education that fosters the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for children — kindergarten.More

FDA outreach campaign empowers tweens to make healthy food choices
An enhanced outreach campaign by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is helping teach young people (ages 9 to 13) to use the nutrition facts label to make healthy food choices, a habit that will benefit them throughout their lives. More

Fasting may protect against chemotherapy's immune-related effects, aging
While chemotherapy can save lives, it can also cause many side effects, including the depletion of immune cells. Also, even in the absence of chemotherapy, normal aging takes a heavy toll on the immune system, leading to immune deficiencies and a higher risk of developing leukemia and a variety of malignancies with age.More

Turn off the light, it's making me fat
American Journal of Epidemiology
Light at night appears to be a growing phenomenon that is invading our bedrooms. Linking clues from animal studies to epidemiology from more than 100,000 women in the Breakthrough Generations study, scientists at Oxford have found reason to suspect that LAN exposure might be contributing to obesity.More

FDA issues final rule setting manufacturing standards for infant formula
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a final rule setting standards for manufacturers of infant formula to help ensure that the formulas made for the U.S. market continue to be safe and support healthy growth for infants who consume formula.More

Is it breakfast or dessert?
In 2011, a report by the Environmental Working Group found many popular brands of cereal marketed to children to be "sugar bombs." Three years later, researchers say the picture is not much better. When the researchers took a second look at the list of 84 popular children's cereals they reviewed in 2011, they found that manufacturers had lowered the sugar content in only 11 cereals and one cereal now has even more sugar than it did three years ago. More