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SNEB 2015 session and workshop proposals due Oct. 10
ALL SNEB conference programs are organized by members, so now is the time to start gathering your ideas for a pre-conference workshop or a conference session. Details and forms are online.
Recently posted to SNEB job board
Position Title: Extension Educator
Organization: University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development
City, State: St. Paul, Minnesota
Application Deadline: Sept 19
Associate or Full Professor — Community Nutrition Interventions
Associate or Full Professor — Global Health and Nutrition
Organization: Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS), Cornell University
City, State: Ithaca, New York
Application Deadline: Sept. 1
Thanks to an exciting partnership between TEDMED and SNEB, TEDMED is offering SNEB members access to their entire 2014 program of more than 70 Talks from transformative thinkers in health and medicine.
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- Education, Environmental Change & Evaluation: Combining Multiple Approaches to Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention in Low-Income Populations
Wednesday, Aug. 27 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT | Register
No single strategy has the potential to prevent overweight and obesity, especially among low-income populations. (Free to SNEB and ASNNA members)
- SNEB 101 — New Member Orientation
Wednesday, Sept. 3 | 1 to 2 p.m. EDT | Register
- Six Family Fun Ways to Help Parents Start the School Year Off by Eating Healthfully and Being Active
Tuesday, Sept. 9 | 2 to 3 p.m. EDT | Register
SNEB is hosting this webinar free in support of the Dietary Guidelines Alliance. Please share with your listservs.
- Journal Club 1
Sept. 15 | 1 p.m. EDT | Register
Impact of Cooking and Home Food Preparation Interventions among Adults: Outcomes and Implications for Future Programs, presented by Marla Reicks, Ph.D., RD, University of Minnesota
- JNEB Workshop: How to Conduct and Write Systematic Reviews for JNEB
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 | 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. EST | Register
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Why did you join SNEB?
As new members registered for the Sept. 3 orientation webinar, we asked why they became members. This word cloud shows their responses.
SNEB's strategic plan calls for the membership to reach 1,250 by 2015. If you have had new colleagues join your institution this fall, share with them the benefits of SNEB membership with this handy toolkit of membership information and direct them to www.sneb.org/join. Dues are pro-rated so joining now is half price!
Looking for a blog on MyPlate?
"About MyPlate Every Day Blog" explores reader questions, news, studies and many topics that are relevant for nutrition educators so they may be up to date and innovative with their approach to teaching MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Check out the review of the blog on the MyPlate eCatalog here.
New podcasts available
Adolescent Consumption of Sports and Energy Drinks: Linkages to Higher Physical Activity, Unhealthy Beverage Patterns, Cigarette Smoking and Screen Media Use
Authors: Nicole Larson, PhD, MPH, RDN; Jessica DeWolfe, MPH; Mary Story, Ph.D., RD; Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., MPH, RD
Interview: Weekly consumption of sports and energy drinks among adolescents is significantly associated with higher consumption of other sugar-sweetened beverages, cigarette smoking and screen media use, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota and Duke University to build understanding of health behavior patterns and inform intervention strategies to reduce consumption of these sugar-sweetened beverages. Lead investigator Nicole Larson, Ph.D., MPH, RDN, discusses these findings.
May/June 2014, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2014.02.008)
Duration: 5:28 minutes
Get ready for National Farm to School Month in October
Everyone can celebrate National Farm to School Month! The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has developed resources and activities to promote Farm to School Month in schools, communities and media outlets. Throughout October, the network will be sharing stories and information on its blog about how farm to school is empowering children and their families to make informed food choices and contributing to vibrant communities.
Cornell CHFFF Youth Nutrition Free Curriculum now updated
Cornell's new youth curriculum Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHFFF) was recently revised based on feedback from focus groups of youth just after they received each CHFFF lesson and from educators experienced in teaching CHFFF, as well as updated to new MyPlate guidance and new beverage labeling.
NRC Webinar Kids in Focus series presents: Advancing the Discussion: Overweight and Obesity Messaging in Health Promotion
Thursday Aug. 28 l Noon to 1 p.m. l Register here!
Health promotion professionals seek to address obesity and overweight in their practice, as well as in health messaging delivered to the public. There are many factors that inform how these messages are shaped, including increasing concerns about the comorbidities associated with overweight and obesity, the role of weight-based stigmatization on both individual and systemic levels and the current body of research on the implications of metabolic health status. Join our discussion among both practitioners and researchers on balanced approaches to addressing obesity and overweight in health promotion messaging.
Do gut bacteria rule our minds?
It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity. In a recent article published in the journal BioEssays, researchers concluded from a review of the recent scientific literature that microbes influence human eating behavior and dietary choices to favor consumption of the particular nutrients they grow best on, rather than simply passively living off whatever nutrients we choose to send their way.
CDC studies provide state-specific info on adult consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages
In two recently published studies, CDC researchers (for the first time) have analyzed state-specific data from the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System on how often adults consume sugar-sweetened beverages, specifically regular soda and fruit drink (not 100 percent juice). SSBs are a major source of added sugars and have been linked as a contributor to obesity as well as other chronic health conditions. Researchers examined whether factors such as age, sex and race/ethnicity, as well as behaviors were associated with drinking sugary beverages.
Tools for Schools
Department of Agriculture
Tools for Schools is a new online toolkit where you can find all of USDA's best resources on school meal topics (e.g., fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich foods and reducing sodium) and implementing Smart Snacks. In the toolkit, you will find policy documents, nutrition education materials, Smarter Lunchroom strategies, kid-friendly recipes and success stories from other schools.
Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define
Los Angeles Times
When you buy a box of crackers labeled "natural," do you just assume they're organic? Don't. When you choose an "all natural" chocolate syrup for your kids' ice cream, are you thinking it has less sugar? Read the label. But what about those "natural" chips? Surely the package with the peaceful farm scene on the front means something about what's inside — right?
Foundation offers funds to combat nutrition-related health conditions
The Herald News
The Vela Foundation recently awarded 21 grants totaling $225,750 to nonprofit organizations in Eastern Massachusetts working to improve health through nutrition education and active living. Recipients range from grass roots organizations to established institutions in varied communities in Eastern Massachusetts.
Cheap eats: Cookbook shows how to eat well on a food stamp budget
National Public Radio
Leanne Brown guessed that she could help people in SNAP, the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, find ways to cook filling, nourishing and flavorful meals. So she set out to write a cookbook full of recipes anyone could make on a budget of just $4 a day. The result is Good and Cheap, which is free online and has been downloaded over 200,000 times since she posted it on her website in early June.
What's becoming of the word 'fat?'
The word fat seems to be in a state of transition. On one hand, fat activists are reclaiming the word with pride. Media is feeling some license to use the word to grab our attention with headlines like "What makes us fat?" And then there's the Weather Channel serving up "Fat Guys in the Woods," more in a vein of exploitation than pride.
About 1 in 4 young teens meet screen-time guidelines
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the NHANES National Youth Fitness Survey, 2012
- Nearly all (98.5 percent) youth aged 12–15 reported watching TV daily.
- More than 9 in 10 (91.1 percent) youth aged 12–15 reported using the computer daily outside of school.
- In 2012, 27 percent of youth aged 12–15 had two hours or less of TV plus computer use daily.
Losing weight won't make you happy
Weight loss significantly improves physical health but effects on mental health are less straightforward, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK. In a study of 1,979 overweight and obese adults in the UK, people who lost 5 percent or more of their initial body weight over four years showed significant changes in markers of physical health, but were more likely to report depressed mood than those who stayed within 5 percent of their original weight.
Diabetes drug could offer surprising health benefits to non-diabetics
Patients treated with a drug widely prescribed for Type 2 diabetes can live longer than people without the condition, a large-scale study involving over 180,000 people has shown. The findings indicate that a drug known as metformin, used to control glucose levels in the body and already known to exhibit anticancer properties, could offer prognostic and prophylactic benefits to people without diabetes.
Retired generals back in FLOTUS food fight
First lady Michelle Obama has an unexpected force backing her up in the simmering fight over school lunch standards: retired admirals and generals. Mission: Readiness, a group of nearly 500 former military leaders, is planning to "storm the Hill" when Congress comes back to town next month and urge lawmakers to keep new school nutrition standards intact.
Study examines health claims associated with energy, sports drinks
University of California at Berkeley
Sugary beverages such as energy, sports, tea and fruit drinks provide little or no health benefits and are "essentially soda without the carbonation," according to a study by researchers at UC Berkeley and commissioned by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. Researchers examined 21 sugary drinks that tend to be marketed as health or strength enhancing, and found that "these drinks are putting our children's health at risk."
Research examines toy marketing and children's meals
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Studies show that the use of toys with children's meals can help spark positive behaviors in children, and parents are in support of using toys to promote healthier choices, according to a new brief from Healthy Eating Research. The brief presents a research review covering the latest studies on the extent to which fast food restaurants use child-directed toy marketing, and recommends that toys should be paired only with meals that meet certain nutrition criteria.
Research reveals most adults need to double fruit and vegetable intake
New research published in the September issue of the British Journal of Nutrition highlights a significant shortfall in fruit and vegetable consumption in people's diets around the world. Commissioned by the Nutrilite Health Institute of Amway, the research finds the majority of adults worldwide would have to at least double their current consumption of fruits and vegetables to meet the World Health Organization's minimum recommendation of five servings (400 grams) per day.
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