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Registration for the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 51st Annual Conference is now open! Join more than 700 nutrition education peers from around the world in Minneapolis, MN July 21-24. Some highlights to look forward to include:
And more! Complete conference details including speaker list, hotel room rates, and more, can be found at www.sneb.org/2018. For questions or more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Networking with more than 700 nutrition education peers and colleagues from around the world.
- More than 40 sessions on nutrition education research, programs, and practice covering topics including families, technology, food service, weight and health across the lifespan, communications, and more.
- One-on-one face time with the leading voices in nutrition education.
- Poster and oral abstracts presentations covering groundbreaking research and programs happening in the field.
- Estimated 30 CEUs from American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Commission on Dietetic Registration, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., and the School Nutrition Association.
- New in 2018: SNEB is launching a mobile app for the 51st Annual Conference! Stay on the lookout for details on how to download the mobile app once it becomes available.
It is time to elect the 2018-2019 leadership for the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Your vote will shape the future of SNEB. The following positions will be filled:
Cast your vote by 11:59 p.m. Eastern tonight, March 15. Each link is personalized and each member can only cast one ballot. If you have not received an email to complete the ballot, email email@example.com to request a personalized link.
- Vice President (three-year term)
- Treasurer (three-year term)
- Director-At-Large (three-year term)
- Two (2) Nominating Committee members (two-year terms)
- Advisory Committee on Public Policy Chair-Elect (two-year term)
Each year, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior accepts applications for a Student Member Representative to the SNEB Board of Directors. The Student Member Representative is a non-voting position and serves a one-year term. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT March 15.
Applications are still being accepted for the 2018 Food and Nutrition Extension Education (FNEE) Division Student Scholarship.
The goal of the SNEB FNEE Student Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to attend the FNEE Pre-Conference and SNEB Annual Conference. To be eligible for this Scholarship, the applicant must be a senior undergraduate, graduate or international student enrolled in a United States or international degree program in nutrition, family and consumer sciences, public health, health education, community health or closely related field.
The application form and essay must be submitted by April 1, 2018.
The SNEB Public Health Nutrition Division awards were created to recognize the excellence of our members' contributions to public health nutrition, four awards will be made by the division. Two awards will be made for contributions to Public Health Nutrition research by outstanding student researchers, and two awards for outstanding Public Health Nutrition practitioners/ researchers. Awards are available only to SNEB Public Health Nutrition Division members. Members may nominate themselves or other division members. All applications must be received no later than April 1, 2018.
To recognize the efforts of others to shape and promote policies that promote health or healthy lifestyles, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's Advisory Committee on Public Policy sponsors "Health Promotion Policy" awards. These awards will be given to individuals or groups who have significantly contributed to creating and/or implementing policies or policy-based changes that support and positively impact the food and/or physical activity environment. One annual Outstanding Health Promotion Policy Award will be selected from all of the bestowed awards from the year and will be presented at the annual conference.
Journal Club 7: Overweight and Obesity, Weight Perception, and Weight Management Practices Among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Participants in Georgia: A Needs Assessment
Monday, March 26 | 1- 2 p.m. Eastern | Register
Speakers: Claudette Bailey, MS, RDN, LD, University of Georgia & Jung Sun Lee, PhD, RDN, University of Georgia
Overweight and obesity remain one of the nation's most serious health problems, putting more than two thirds of US adults at heightened risk for a range of chronic diseases. Although overweight/obesity affects people in the US of all socioeconomic statuses, genders, races, and ethnicities, low-income and minority groups are disproportionately affected. Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) was reestablished as the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program. For the first time in the program's history, weight management falls within its scope. To inform the development of new SNAP-Ed curricula to address obesity prevention, researchers at the University of Georgia conducted a needs assessment to examine the associations among self-reported weight status, weight perception, and weight management practices of SNAP-Ed participants in Georgia.
Journal Club 8: Securing a Stop to the Summer Setback: Policy Considerations in the Future Expansion of the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children
- Define the goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed).
- Compare the prevalence of overweight and obesity among the study sample of SNAP-Ed participants in Georgia to state and national statistics.
- Describe the correlation between accuracy of weight perception and weight management practices reported in the literature and observed in the study sample of SNAP-Ed participants in Georgia.
Monday, April 2 | Noon - 1 p.m. Eastern | Register
Speakers: Carolyn Gunther, PhD, The Ohio State University; Laura C. Hopkins, PhD, MSPH, RDN, The Ohio State University & Neal H. Hooker, PhD, The Ohio State University
The Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) has been proposed as a solution to address the problem of child food security during the summer. Initial SEBTC findings from a demonstration project show promise and the federal government has approved substantial funding for its continuation. This presentation will review empirical assessments of SEBTC and Electronic Benefits Transfer research, and present policy considerations in the program's future expansion.
Equipping Health Care Professionals with Nutrition Content
- Participants will develop an understanding of the problem of underuse of the USDA Summer Food Service Program and the potential of the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children (SEBTC) program to address summer food insecurity among underserved children.
- Participants will develop an understanding of the results from empirical assessments of the SEBTC demonstration project and pertinent peer-reviewed EBT literature.
- Participants will develop an understanding of the important policy considerations in the future expansion of the SEBTC.
Wednesday, April 4 |1 - 2 p.m. Eastern | Register
Speakers: Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Thomas Gregory Sherman, PhD, Georgetown University Medical Center
Healthcare professionals are the top trusted and most relied upon source for information on nutrition. Still, research shows that most healthcare professionals, including physicians, receive little to no nutrition training. Nutrition educators have the opportunity to harness the public's trust and reliance on health professionals to increase the impact and reach of nutrition education programs. This webinar will highlight successful nutrition education programs for healthcare professionals, and equip participants with proven strategies to more effectively engage this group with nutrition content.
The session will begin with an overview of recent consumer research that examines the public’s trust in healthcare professionals as a source of nutrition information. Dr. Kohlmeier and Dr. Sherman will discuss the current state of nutrition education in medical school and share best practices for educating healthcare professionals about nutrition topics. They will highlight various channels and ways to reach future doctors, and answer participants' questions.
Journal Club 9: Beyond the Melting Pot and Salad Bowl Views of Cultural Diversity: Advancing Cultural Diversity Education of Nutrition Educators
- Understand the current state of nutrition education for physicians and other healthcare professionals.
- Learn from successful programs that engage healthcare professionals with food and nutrition content.
- Highlight partnership opportunities that can increase the impact of nutrition interventions, both individually and in community settings.
Monday, April 9 | Noon - 1 p.m. Eastern | Register
Speaker: Kelebogile Setiloane, PhD, University of Delaware
This presentation describes how the cultural views of cultural diversity have influenced how nutrition educators have been trained in cultural competence and how this training needs to change because of the changing demographics of the US population. It explores how these views are changing in reaction to the changing demographics and health disparities seen in the US today and how the cultural training of nutrition educators has not kept up with these changing views. Suggestions for how this cultural education could be modified include placing a greater emphasis on both the cultural self-awareness of nutrition educators and the sociopolitical historical factors that influence the cultural orientation of nutrition educators and their clients.
Journal Club 10: Breastfeeding is Natural but Not the Cultural Norm: A Mixed-Methods Study of First-Time Breastfeeding, African American Mothers Participating in WIC
- Describe how the description of cultural diversity in the US has shifted from being viewed as a 'melting pot' to a 'salad bowl' and how this has affected the cultural education of nutrition educators.
- Identify why it is important for nutrition educators and health professionals to learn about their own cultural and ethnic background and become more self-aware as cultural beings.
- List the core elements in creating cultural education for nutrition educators that is aligned to today's changing U.S. demographics.
Monday, April 16 | Noon - 1 p.m. Eastern | Register
Speaker: Julia H. Kim, MPH, RD, CLC, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Breastfeeding disparities exist in the U.S., with African American, adolescent mothers having the lowest breastfeeding rates. This presentation describes the process of developing, implementing, and evaluating a culturally-tailored breastfeeding program on African American, adolescent mothers in Champaign County, Illinois. A breastfeeding needs assessment, process evaluation, and impact evaluation will be discussed.
- Identify a barrier to breastfeeding among African American, adolescent mothers that you did not previously know.
- Understand the reasoning for conducting a process evaluation.
- List one way to increase breastfeeding practices among African American, adolescent mothers
Position: FoodWIse Regional Program Manager
Organization: University of Wisconsin-Extension
City and state: Madison, WI
Application deadline: Open until filled
Position: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Organization: Ball State University
City and state: Muncie, IN
Application deadline: April 5, 2018
By Ellen Schuster, BA, MS
Now more than ever understanding research studies is important. Social media and the sharing of inaccurate nutrition and health information often coming from questionable research makes it imperative to understand the scientific process and explain it to others.
|Welcome new members (since March 13)
- Kaley Lannon, MPH, Port Saint Lucie, FL, Nutrition Education for Children, Public Health Nutrition
- Anna Miller, MPH, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Public Health Nutrition
- Jennifer Muzzin, LDN, RD, Stuart, FL, Nutrition Education for Children, Sustainable Food Systems Network
- Bong Nguyen, MS, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, International Nutrition Education, Public Health Nutrition
- Heli Roy, PhD, MBA, RD, University of Connecticut, Newington, CT, Higher Education, Public Health Nutrition
- Victoria Sandercock, Charleston, IL, Nutrition Education for Children, Weight Realities
- Alison Swiggard, Phoenixville, PA
National Nutrition Month
Be sure to read insights by these authors who are also members of SNEB.
Michele Polacsek, PhD, MHS, University of New England; Alyssa Moran, MPH, RD, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Anne N. Thorndike, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School; Rebecca Boulos, PhD, MPH, University of Southern Maine; Rebecca L. Franckle, ScD, MPH, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Julie C. Greene, BS, Hannaford Supermarkets; Dan J. Blue, BS, Hannaford Supermarkets; Jason P. Block, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School; Eric B. Rimm, ScD, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, A Supermarket Double-Dollar Incentive Program Increases Purchases of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Among Low-Income Families With Children: The Healthy Double Study
Jody S. Nicholson, PhD, University of North Florida; Jennifer M. Barton, MS, University of Texas at Austin; Ali L. Simons, BS, University of North Florida, Ability to Categorize Food Predicts Hypothetical Food Choices in Head Start Preschoolers
Rachel L. Vollmer, PhD, RD, Bradley University, An Exploration of How Fathers Attempt to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Their Families
Carol A. Smathers, MS, MPH, Ohio State University; Theresa M. Ferrari, PhD, Ohio State University Extension, Levels of Community Change: A Game to Teach About Policy, System, and Environment Change
Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, RD, LRD, FAND, North Dakota State University, 50 App Activities for Food Safety and Sanitation
Allison Buckingham, MS, CDN, Perelandra Natural Foods Center, Inc., Dash to Better Health: Dietary Approached to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Eating Plan
Michelle Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, Pediatric and Adult Nutrition in Chronic Diseases, Developmental Disabilities, and Hereditary Metabolic Disorders
Department of Agriculture
The Food Buying Guide (FBG) is the essential resource for food yield information for all Child Nutrition Programs (CNP). The FBG assists CNP operators, food manufacturers, and other stakeholders with: purchasing the correct amounts of foods for Child Nutrition meal programs and determining the contribution that each food makes toward meal pattern requirements.
The 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting was a premiere gathering of scientists from around the world. The primary focus of the meeting was to learn about new food safety and nutrition science and identify areas where ILSI can have an impact on public health. This multidisciplinary meeting was an opportunity for experts from all sectors to collaborate and share knowledge.
Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Steve Censky today announced two new efforts to provide states and school districts with additional flexibility and support to operate more efficient school meal programs. Censky made the announcement during a speech at the School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of nationally recognized experts in physical activity and public health, has submitted its recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary and disbanded.
Penn State University
For seven years a multidisciplinary team of more than 40 researchers has explored the extent to which a more robust regional food system in the Northeastern U.S. could improve food access in low-income communities and improve the long-term food security of the entire Northeast. Now, in an initial collection of three papers published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, team members have summarized some of their findings.
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