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This year SNEB is also calling for abstracts in a new category: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
For SNEB, SoTL is the scholarly inquiry associated with teaching students in a college/university course or curriculum. Find the complete call for abstracts, abstract guidelines and review criteria online.
Journal Club 11
1 p.m. ET Dec. 1 | Register
Family Nutrition Program Assistants' Perception of Farmers Markets, Alternative Agricultural Practices and Diet Quality presented by Sarah Misyak, MS, Virginia Tech
A Closer Look at Dairy: Alternative Beverages, Antibiotics and GMOs
Noon to 1 p.m. ET Dec. 3 | Register
Participants will learn about the nutritional benefits of dairy products beyond calcium for strong bones, how much dairy is recommended daily and why those guidelines were chosen. Alternative beverages will be discussed and reviewed with a focus on comparing the nutritional composition of various choices in the marketplace. Farming practices, antibiotics and GMOs will also be discussed. This session is sponsored by St. Louis District Dairy Council.
Journal Club 12
1 p.m. ET Dec. 8 | Register
A Cross-cultural Comparison of Eating Behaviors and Home Food Environmental Factors in Adolescents from Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Saint Paul/Minneapolis (U.S.) presented by Camilla Chermont Prochnik Estima, P.h.D, University of São Paulo
Webinar recordings now available
GENIE: Your Nutrition Education Wishes Have Been Granted! (Nov. 19)
Journal Club 10: Examining the Influence of Price and Accessibility on Willingness to Shop at Farmers' Markets Among Low-income Eastern North Carolina Women (Nov. 17)
Expert Panel: Leveraging Social Media in Delivering Successful Nutrition Programs (Nov. 13)
Professional Development Series: Extension Education (Nov. 13)
Smart lunchrooms offer easy ways to get students eating healthier
Dairy Council of California's first-ever Community Health All-Star award goes to Suzy Sayre for her work in implementing smarter lunchroom strategies. Read about what she's done that has led to her success and what she has planned for the future.
Curation of Thanksgiving Food Prep & Food Safety Resources from USDA & Others
Alice Henneman, MS, RDN
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County
Nebraska Extension has curated several resources (answers to questions, handouts, [some in Spanish] and other timely topics) about food preparation, nutrition and food safety topics related to Thanksgiving.
We hope this helps you with your work during the Thanksgiving season.
Not your father's school lunch
In 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a policy redefining public school lunch to emphasize a healthy lifestyle. Championed by the U.S. Department and Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act changed the standard of school lunch to reflect new nutrition guidelines as a way to combat rising childhood obesity and promote health in schools. Four years later, the Logan City and Cache County school districts in Utah are in the process of adapting to this policy and making changes in their cafeterias.
Should you pack your child's lunch?
The New York Times
We often hear that making meals at home is the healthiest way to eat (so often, in fact, that there's been a backlash). But new research suggests that lunches at school cafeterias may actually be healthier than the ones parents pack for their kids. And the results may have larger implications for how families eat. Alisha R. Farris and her co-authors observed lunchtime at three Virginia schools over a five-day period, for a paper published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Podcast now available
Volume 46, Issue 6 — New Resource Podcasts
Shirley quickly summarizes the New Resource, Healthy Snacking. Stay Energized Between Meals. For the full written review see the New Resources collection.
Family & Consumer Sciences Day
For the inaugural Family & Consumer Sciences Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences will be asking families to prepare and eat a healthy meal together on Dec. 3. Dec. 3 was chosen to honor AAFCS founder Ellen Swallow Richards, the first woman graduate of MIT. Dec. 3 is her birthday.
On the website, you'll find everything you need to get involved and spread the word (like the infographic at left)! Our goal is to reach 200,000 families, so please share this campaign widely. Start by committing to "Dining In" on Dec. 3.
Quick tips for kids on reading a nutrition facts label
Adults aren't the only ones who should pay attention to nutrition facts labels. When it comes to picking prepackaged snacks, teaching kids how to read the nutrition label can help them choose healthier snacks. This video explains a few important tips about reading calories, serving size and nutrient contents on a the label, so kids will have the information they need to make smart nutrition decisions.
Largest American Indian reservation approves junk-food tax to fight obesity
The sales tax on cookies, chips, sodas and other junk food sold on the country's largest American Indian reservation is going up. Navajo nation president Ben Shelly recently signed legislation to increase by 2 percent the sales tax on food with little to no nutritional value, starting next year. No other sales tax on the Navajo nation specifically targets the spending habits of consumers. It will remain in effect until 2020, but it can be extended by the Navajo nation council.
Nearly 30 percent of world population is obese, costing $2 trillion
Obesity has become a critical issue worldwide. The latest report suggests that about 30 percent of the total global population, or 2.1 billion people, were obese in 2013 that cost the world about $2 trillion. McKinsey Global Institute has released a report detailing some important facts about obesity in the world. The authors of the report highlights that the cost of obesity is just next to smoking and armed violence, war or terrorism, which costs about $2.1 trillion annually.
Study suggests home cooking is a main ingredient in a healthier diet
People who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less, according to new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research. "When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all — even if they are not trying to lose weight," says lead study author Julia A. Wolfson.
Some progress on marketing sugary drinks to youth, but room to improve
Beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise unhealthy drinks in 2013, and children and teens remained key target audiences for that advertising, according to Sugary Drink FACTS 2014, a new report released by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The report finds that the overall level of marketing to youth on TV and children's websites has gone down since 2010, but that advertising is still overwhelmingly for unhealthy drinks, with companies actively marketing on social media and via mobile apps that are popular with youth. The authors recommend that companies stop marketing sugary drinks and energy drinks to children and teens and that policy makers require transparent product labeling on the front of all packaging.
Research-based guidelines for screen use for children under 3
Zero to Three
Babies today are born into a world of digital devices. And parents are trying to navigate this new reality — specifically figuring out what role these new gadgets should play in the lives of their young children. This is no small task given that parents are bombarded with a lot of conflicting advice, much of which is ideological and not based on science.
NIFA grant programs help fuel ag-related job boom
Department of Agriculture
The overall job market may go up and down, but things are definitely looking good in agricultural, environmental and related fields. According to studies conducted at Purdue University, the nation is in the midst of a job creation boom with nearly 54,000 openings per year for those who hold bachelor's or higher degree in food, renewable energy and environmental specialties. Most of those positions will be in business and science areas, while the remainder will be in production, education, communication and government services.
2 companies banned from making slimming claims for shapewear
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved two final orders settling charges that two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters. Inc. and Wacoal America Inc., misled consumers regarding the ability of their caffeine-infused shapewear undergarments to reshape the wearer's body and reduce cellulite.
Fast food marketing to kids disproportionately affects certain communities
A newly published research study examining only marketing directed at children on the interior and exterior of fast food restaurants has found that the majority of black, middle-income and rural communities are disproportionately exposed to such marketing tactics.
Food insecurity among adolescents and college students
Food Research and Action Center and Children's HealthWatch
Now that autumn is here and students across the country have returned to school, the IN FOCUS article for this issue examines food insecurity among adolescents and college students. The NEW RESEARCH section highlights nine recent studies related to food insecurity, including several large studies and literature reviews on food insecurity in the U.S., as well as studies on food insecurity in childhood and pregnancy.
This election, the tide turned on soda taxes
The Sacramento Bee
Even before the votes were counted, the drumbeat of news about skyrocketing rates of diabetes seemed to have crossed a threshold — 40 percent of Americans will have diabetes sometime in their lives and a quarter of U.S. teens already have diabetes or pre-diabetes. With overwhelming scientific evidence showing that sugary drinks play a central role in the out-of-control diabetes epidemic, people were ready to take action.
What's Next for Health Promotion? What New Approaches Will Produce the Best Outcomes?
American Journal of Health Promotion
March 30 – April 3, 2015, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California
The 25th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference brings together more than 600 professionals with a passion for health promotion — individuals who represent the most successful programs in workplace, clinical, educational and community settings. Complete program details, schedule and registration information are available at www.HealthPromotionConference.com.
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