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Submit your abstract for the SNEB 2015 Annual Conference — due Sunday!
Why submit your abstract for the first deadline?
Find the complete call for abstracts, abstract guidelines and review criteria online.
- Cost is submit is $25 vs. $50
- Jan. 25 submissions have the option of resubmitting if reviewer comments recommend edits.
- Oral abstract spots are only available to Jan 25 submissions.
JNEB Journal Club focusing on statistical methodology
The JNEB Journal Club is on its fifth semester and has been very successful. Due to member interest, we are expanding the scope of the series this spring and planning a Journal Club focused on Statistical Methodology in Nutrition Education and Behavior Research.
We will be providing a sample data base for use by participants throughout the series. During the webinar, presenters will walk the participants through the mechanics of running the procedure. We will then have a "homework" assignment where the participants can try running the procedure on their own and then compare their answers with the correct answers and interpretations. The participants can then pose questions to presenters in the week after the webinar through an online discussion on SNEB's LinkedIn page.
All sessions help at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Special thanks to Chandler Ray, The University of Maryland dietetic intern, for this post.
In the hustle and bustle of today's busy world, we are all affected by the stresses of everyday life. If you're looking to find a healthy way to reduce, manage and deal with stress, then Calm is the perfect app for you!
Student Professional Development Webinar Series: Communication
Thursday, Feb. 5 | Noon to 12:30 p.m. EST | Register
This webinar is the fourth of the Professional Development series hosted by the SNEB Student Committee. Dr. Lohse will share her success and strategies for communication in nutrition education, by describing her education, current work and the different avenues for students and professionals to get involved. The webinar will last 30 minutes. There is no cost to participate.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Using Your Classroom to Increase Peer-Reviewed Publications and Improve Student Outcomes
Thursday, Feb. 12 | 1 p.m. EST | Register
The pursuit of finding a career in academia and obtaining tenure can be a challenge. Those teaching nutrition in higher education settings are often asked to produce scholarship while balancing a heavy teaching load. In this webinar, speakers will define the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL); discuss the benefits and limitations of using SoTL as a primary or secondary focus of scholarship; explain how to conduct and publish SoTL research studies using large and small classrooms; and demonstrate how to apply SoTL findings to improve student learning outcomes.
JNEB workshop: How to conduct and write systematic reviews for JNEB
Wednesday, Jan. 28 | 10 a.m. to noon EST | Register
Systematic reviews are becoming more popular in JNEB and other journals. Learn the essential steps in your methods to increase the likelihood of publication: crafting your research question, forming your team, deciding on review protocol, evaluating articles for quality and outcomes and providing insightful conclusions and recommendations.
Gluten-free pizza and beer are coming to ruin your cheat meals
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that people on a gluten-free diet who do not suffer from wheat sensitivity are depriving themselves of vital nutrients. Out of a sample of 97 participants, 60 percent were under the impression a gluten-free diet can treat medical conditions, 35 percent believed gluten-free could improve their digestive health, 31 percent said gluten-free was "healthier" and 32 percent thought doctors prescribed gluten-free for weight loss.
JNEB publishes a new virtual issue on food security
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Live webinar: Jan. 28 — Key findings of the Global Nutrition Report 2014
The Graduate Institute Geneva
The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition and the Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute are organizing an engagement event on the Global Nutrition Report 2014, whose global launch took place during the 2nd International Conference of Nutrition in Rome last November.
Diabetes debate: Triglycerides form in liver despite insulin resistance
Solving one of the great mysteries of type 2 diabetes, a team of Yale researchers found that triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood and liver, are produced in the liver independent of insulin action in the liver. In Type 2 diabetics, insulin fails to suppress blood sugar production by the liver while paradoxically allowing the production of hepatic triglycerides. This combination results in multiple health risks, including high blood sugar and fatty liver disease.
Creating healthy spaces for kids
Welcome to the Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (OSNAP) interactive website. This website will help guide you through the process of improving out of school time program practices and policies related to healthy foods, drinks and physical activity.
Obesity can be a disability, European court rules
Employers will have to change the way they treat overweight staff following a European Union court ruling that obesity can, in severe cases, constitute a disability. The landmark decision by the European Court of Justice — in the case of a Danish childminder who lost his job — establishes a precedent that could affect employment rights across the continent. It stops short, however, of declaring obesity to be a protected characteristic against which all discrimination is prohibited.
Generational differences in fast food intake among South-Asian Americans
The goal of this study was to evaluate the association between generational status and fast food consumption among South-Asian Americans.
FTC says supplement maker misleads parents
Courthouse News Service
A dietary supplement maker misled consumers into believing independent studies show its drug helps children with speech disabilities, the Federal Trade Commission claims. The agency sued NourishLife LLC and its president Mark Nottoli in Chicago Federal Court.
USDA proposes science-based meal patterns for Child and Adult Care Food Program
Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a proposed rule with new science-based nutrition standards for meals provided through USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Job interviewers may discriminate against weight loss surgery
People say that they would be more likely to hire someone who has lost weight through exercise and dieting than through surgery. This is just one of the stigmas faced by obese people who undergo weight-reducing bariatric surgery, reports Robert Carels of East Carolina University and his team of researchers. The findings are published in Springer's journal Obesity Surgery.
Daily consumption of blueberries may lower blood pressure
With hypertension affecting nearly 80 million people in the United States and cardiovascular disease the leading cause of death, any intervention that can lower blood pressure has the potential to save lives. In a study in the current issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Florida State University researchers found that daily consumption of blueberries for eight weeks resulted in significant reductions of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Opal Apple 'Youth Make a Difference' initiative doubles funding for 2015
The Produce News
FirstFruits Marketing, growers of the Opal apple, is seeking applications from nonprofit organizations to benefit from 2014-15 Opal sales as part of the "Youth Make a Difference" initiative, a campaign designed to provide financial support to causes led by youth ages 6 to 25.
Does the language fit the evidence? Association vs. causation
If you want to improve your analytical skills with respect to evaluating research, this article is very useful in helping you recognize the difference between causation versus association. There are some excellent examples of how reporters have misrepresented research findings.
Report: Chain restaurants continue serving meals with high sodium content
In the past two years there was almost no reduction in the average sodium content in more than 3,000 meals served by the 25 largest restaurant chains in the United States, according to a report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The report found that the average sodium content of the analyzed meals in 2014 declined by less than 1 percent since 2012.
Nutrient additions add little benefit to vitamin waters and energy drinks
A new study by researchers investigated the nutritional benefits of novel beverages (vitamin waters, energy drinks and novel juices) sold in Canadian supermarkets by assessing their micronutrient compositions. The findings were published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. According to the study, novel beverages sold in Canadian supermarkets revealed extensive nutrient enrichment.
Head Start helped overweight, obese kids achieve healthier weights
Research published in the journal Pediatrics has found that preschool-aged children who entered Head Start with an unhealthy weight status experienced a significantly healthier body mass index by kindergarten age than children in comparison groups being seen for pediatric well-child checks. Obese and overweight children had a slowing of excessive weight gain while underweight children had a needed increase in rate of weight gain.
Wendy's drops soda from its kids' menu
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Soda and other sugary drinks are the largest source of calories in children's diets and provide nearly half of their added sugars intake. Drinking just one sugary drink every day increases a child's odds of becoming obese by 60 percent. For more than a year, CSPI supporters have asked Wendy's to drop soda from the children's menu. Wendy's listened to their concerns and no longer includes soda on the kids' menu.
Designing effective health messages
Is it better to tell people about the harms of certain health decisions or about the benefits of positive health related decisions? Studies that delve into this very question have differing results, however, a new paper just published by Cornell Food & Brand Lab in Nutrition Reviews, finds that the type of health messaging that is most effective might vary depending on certain characteristics of the target audience.
5 top food trends to watch in 2015
The Huffington Post
Last year, the movement toward a cleaner, more sustainable food supply gained traction, from school lunches with antibiotic-free chicken to a new rating system for produce that goes beyond organics to take energy, water use and other sustainability factors into account. This year could herald even more changes in the way we eat.
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