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Welcome new members: Aug. 21-30
Oyinola Babatunde, Ph.D., MPH, RD: East Carolina University; Winterville, N.C.
Jenna Bell, Ph.D., RD: Pollock Communications; New York, N.Y
Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., RD: FDA; College Park, Md.
Virginia Carraway-Stage, Ph.D., RD LDN: East Carolina University; Greenville, N.C.
Janice Emerson, Ph.D.: Tennessee State University; Nashville, Tenn.
Lauren Gerchufsky, BS: Human Nutrition and Foods; Morgantown, W.V.
Sook-Bae Kim, Ph.D., RD: Chonbuk National University; Jeonju, South Korea
Emily King, Ph.D.: Washington, D.C.
Diana Malkin-Washeim, MPH, RD, CDE, CD-N: Bronx Lebanon Hospital; Huntington, N.Y.
Georgianna Mann, Master of Science in Life Science: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Blacksburg, Va.
Stacia Nordin, RD: FAO Malawi; Lilongwe, Malawi
Habiba Nur, MS: Salt Lake Community College/AAU; Riverdale, Utah
Rosemarie Oliver, MS, RD: Seattle, Wash.
Maureen Ostmeyer, BS: Smart Start NW Kansas; Colby, Kan.
Carol Smathers, MS, MPH, CPH: Ohio State University Extension; Columbus, Ohio
Yuan Zhou: Tennessee State University; Nashville, Tenn.
2013 Annual Conference recap
We are still receiving material from speakers, but as files are received they'll be posted online at http://2013.sneb.org.
2014 Annual Conference call for programs
SNEB invites proposals for conference sessions and for pre- and post-meeting workshops for the 2014 Annual Conference. The 47th Annual Conference will provide attendees with strategies and tools to use in the ever changing world of nutrition and health. The 2014 Annual Conference will be June 28 – July 1 in Milwaukee. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 12.
Members in the news
From Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, CPT, Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Gage County:
UNL Extension's September & October Calendar of Food Days, Weeks, and Months has been updated here. We hope this provides you inspiration for blogs, tweets, programs and articles for September and October!
September Calendar Highlights:
• Celiac Disease Awareness Day (Sept. 13)
• Better Breakfast Day (Sept. 26)
• Food Safety Education Month
• Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
October Calendar Highlights:
• Child Health Day (First Monday)
• Walk to School Day (Oct. 3)
• National School Lunch Week (Oct. 14-18)
• Eat Better, Eat Together Month
• Farm to School Month
• Vegetarian Awareness Month
Thank you to everyone who to stopped by our poster, "Using a Monthly Calendar to Promote Food, Nutrition and Health Themes" at the SNEB Annual Conference. I really enjoyed meeting you and talking about the calendar.
Higher Education Division quarterly meeting
All members of the Higher Education Division are invited to a conference call at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 10. Use call in number 1-605-475-6333 and meeting code 455013.
JNEB Journal Club 2013 fall semester
Beginning in September, SNEB launches a second semester of the JNEB Journal Club. The Journal Club will consist of weekly webinars featuring authors from the latest issue of Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. During the webinars, the authors will review and discuss their research articles and students will have an opportunity to ask questions. Each one-hour webinar will be broadcast at 1 p.m. EDT and available as a recording
JNEB webinar - Statistics for Survey Design: Solutions for Success
3-4 p.m. EDT | Wednesday, Sept.11
This webinar will engage the participant in ways to consider the process of scale development. Analytical methods will cover basic tests (Cronbach's alpha) to more advanced procedures, including the conceptual differences between principal components, exploratory factor and confirmatory factor analyses.
Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski, JNEB editor-in-chief, will be introducing the webinar with Dr. Richard Boles presenting. There is no cost to attend.
Second meeting of Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee announced
The second meeting of the 2015 DGAC has been announced in the Federal Register. The meeting will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 3 (including oral testimony) and 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 4. A meeting agenda is attached.
PLEASE NOTE: Meeting registration is expected to open on Sept. 4 and will be accessible at www.dietaryguidelines.gov. The website is currently being updated to reflect the Federal Register Notice, so keep checking back if you are interested in additional information.
Copper identified as culprit in Alzheimer's disease
Copper appears to be one of the main environmental factors that trigger the onset and enhance the progression of Alzheimer's disease by preventing the clearance and accelerating the accumulation of toxic proteins in the brain. That is the conclusion of a study appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Losing weight: Lifestyle change trumps any diet
What's the best diet for maintaining a healthy weight and warding off chronic diseases? Is it a low-carb diet, a high-carb diet, an all-vegetable diet, a no-vegetable diet?
Researchers say you'd be better off just forgetting the word diet, according to an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers question fructose's rule in obesity and brain functioning
Increases in childhood obesity levels, in part due to high intakes of fructose, may also have a dramatic effect on brain functioning and academic performance, warn researchers.
Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals webinar series
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
From Subpar to RockStar: Strategies for Excellence in Online Nutrition Education featuring Dr. Leora Waldner, Troy University and Dr. Tammy Stephenson, University of Kentucky. 11 a.m. CDT, Friday, Sept. 27. FREE to all participants. Coca-Cola Company supports the NEHP Webinar Series.
Term 'gluten-free' standardized on food labels
Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration recently finalized the definition of the term "gluten-free" on food labels, which means all manufacturers that want to use that phrase on their products must adhere to strict guidelines.
As stated by the FDA, the term gluten-free now refers to foods that are either inherently gluten-free or foods that do not contain any ingredient that is:
• A gluten-containing grain (e.g., spelt wheat)
• Derived from a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat flour)
• Derived from a gluten-containing grain that has been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat starch), if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten in the food
Additionally, any unavoidable presence of gluten in the food must be less than 20 ppm.
The ruling benefits more than 3 million Americans who live with celiac disease, an immune reaction to gluten that damages the lining of the small intestine.
The gluten-free ruling applies to all FDA-regulated foods and dietary supplements, but excludes foods whose labeling is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Manufacturers have one year to make package labels compliant.
Learn more about the FDA's gluten-free ruling.
'No such thing as zero:' Expert says honest conversation needed with consumers about what organic means — and doesn't
The Western Producer
Leaders in North America's organic movement say it's time to tell consumers that organic food does contain genetically modified organisms.
Speaking at the Guelph Organic Conference in early February, Dag Falck, organic program manager with Nature's Path, one of the largest manufacturers of organic breakfast cereals and snack bars in North America, said the organic movement has to have an honest conversation with the public about GMOs.
USDA report: SNAP payment accuracy at nearly 99 percent
Department of Agriculture
A report released by the Department of Agriculture found that the trafficking rate of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits was 1.3 cents per dollar between 2009 and 2011, an uptick from 1 cent between 2006 and 2008, but well below the nearly 4 cent rate in 1993. According to a USDA press release, "SNAP continues to have one of the lowest fraud rates for Federal programs."
Schools around the country successfully implementing new meal standards
Department of Agriculture
A recent news report claimed that schools across the country are dropping out of the National School Lunch Program because the standards are too difficult to implement.
The truth is that the vast majority of schools across the country are meeting the updated meal standards successfully, which is so important to help all our nation's children lead healthier lives.
Webinars to Create Change
Action for Healthy Kids
Back by popular demand! Action for Healthy Kids has released dates and times for its upcoming fall webinar schedule.
Join us for a virtual learning experience allowing you to hear about best practices to create healthy schools from the experts, school stakeholders and community members that support them.
From national experts to parent champions, join us to learn ways to ensure student health is a priority in your school community. Note: All sessions will be recorded and placed on our website. Register at http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/events/webinars.
Sept 18: 2 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m. CDT, Noon MDT, 11 a.m. PDT (60 minutes)
Making the Case for School Wellness | AFHK Parent Leadership Series
Before telling your school community what to change and how to do it, you have to give them the "why." Learn how to build awareness, support and momentum for creating healthier school environments by talking about the obesity crisis, reviewing current school customs and sharing best practices and success stories. Learn how to answer common questions and concerns about your school wellness initiatives.
Sept 25: 3 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. CDT 1 p.m. MDT, Noon PDT (60 minutes)
Progress and Opportunities in Wellness Policy Provisions: Part 2
This webinar will: (1) Provide a brief review of the Progress and Opportunities in Wellness Policy Provision report compiled by the Bridging the Gap Research program, (2) Discuss how this report information can be used locally, (3) Share implementation tips and strategies and (4) Provide an opportunity to address participant questions and concerns.
Workshop on mapping the food system and its effects
Institute of Medicine
The IOM and the National Research Council will conduct a public workshop Sept. 16-17 to gather information and develop a framework for assessing effects of the food system. The workshop will include invited speakers and five moderated sessions on the following topics:
• Defining the food system
• Environmental effects of the food system
• Socioeconomic effects of the food system
• Health effects of the food system
• Use of frameworks and sustainability indicators
Institute of Medicine
Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines: Toolkit for Counseling and Dissemination Webinar
On Sept. 9, the IOM will host a webinar to engage healthcare providers — such clinical practitioners to include dietitians, WIC providers, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, family physicians and obstetricians, etc. — who provide counseling and care for women during pregnancy so that they may utilize the toolkit that facilitates healthy weight during pregnancy.
How television fast food marketing aimed at children compares with adult advertisements
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Fast-food marketing can have an impact on children's food preferences and behaviors. The food and beverage industry has initiated some programs to self-regulate their marketing, including the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. This study examined national television advertisements from the top 25 U.S. quick-service restaurant chains, to assess whether companies were complying with their self-regulatory pledges.
Focus on lifestyle changes rather than weight loss may be key to kids' health
Medical News Today
A University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing study has found that both healthy-weight and obese children who participated in an intensive lifestyle modification program significantly improved their metabolic and cardiovascular health despite little weight loss.
Sugar as part of a balanced breakfast? What cereal advertisements teach children about healthy eating
Journal of Health Communication
Marketing that targets children with energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods is a likely contributor to the childhood obesity crisis. High-sugar ready-to-eat cereals are the packaged food most frequently promoted in child-targeted food advertising on television. The authors combined content analysis of product nutritional quality and messages presented in cereal television advertisements with syndicated data on exposure to those ads.
Department of Agriculture
Balancing Sodium and Potassium Intake for Disease Prevention and Optimal Health
11:30 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 24
No cost to attend
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