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Happy holidays — office closure alert
Please note, the SNEB office will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Jan. 1. Staff will try to check messages once a day and respond to urgent issues if needed. Otherwise, normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Renew your SNEB membership online
The 2014 membership renewal system is now open at www.sneb.org/renew. What an exciting time to be a member of SNEB!
- We have topped 1,150 members representing 50 states and 30 countries.
- The society is operating from a strong fiscal position with financial reserves.
- In 2013, SNEB has provided 30 free webinars (a $750 value) for members on topics from early childhood nutrition to food blogging including the launch of the Journal Club.
- Policymakers heard the voice of SNEB through 16 policy action alerts or letter sign-ons.
- The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior published 808 pages of breaking nutrition education research in addition to producing 25 podcasts, 14 GEMS and a webinar on Statistics for Survey Design. (The cost to subscribe to JNEB would be $292 per year.)
- 954 messages posted to SNEEZE in the past year creating an invaluable source of best practices, expert opinion and resources.
- Conference attendance again exceeded 600. SNEB members receive the deepest discount on attendance (a $130 savings).
Encourage your colleagues to join SNEB in December — free membership through Jan. 31
The new member toolkit (available here) has flyers and wording for emails and notices so you can encourage your colleagues and students to join SNEB. Joining in December means an additional issue of JNEB, free access to Journal Club live webinars and 14 months of being on SNEEZE. Share the link.
Position Title: Area Youth, Families and Communities Advisor
Organization: University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources
City, State: Auburn, Calif.
Application Deadline: Jan. 6
Position Posted: Dec. 6
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Nutrition
Organization: Bowling Green State University
City, State: Bowling Green, Ohio
Application Deadline: Feb. 4
Position Posted: Dec. 4
Position Title: Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Organization: Family & Consumer Sciences Department, Nutrition/Dietetics program at California State University, Sacramento
City, State: Sacramento, Calif.
Application Deadline: Application review begins Jan. 13
Position Posted: Nov. 26
SNEB Annual Conference call for abstracts - submit online
SNEB invites you to present at the 2014 Annual Conference, June 28 - July 1 in Milwaukee.
• Research abstracts will be accepted in oral or poster presentations formats.
• Program abstracts will be accepted in poster presentation format.
Webinar recordings now available
Is Lactose Intolerance Stopping Your Dairy Intake? Sponsored by the St. Louis District Dairy Council (Recorded Dec. 5)
8 Steps to Becoming a Reporting Rockstar
Thursday, Dec. 19 | 1 to 2 p.m. EST | Register
Speakers: Stephanie Evergreen Ph.D., Evergreen Evaluation and Data
Sponsored by the SNEB Communications Division
Obesity risk assessment for preschoolers: Tailor to your needs
Thursday, April 10 | 2 to 3 p.m. EDT | Register
Speakers: Marilyn S Townsend, Ph.D., RD; Lenna Ontai, Ph.D.; University of California Davis and Mical Kay Shilts, Ph.D., California State University
Handouts Available from 2013 SNEB Annual Conference
Technology and Apps plus Tech Fair
Reaching Preschoolers Through Apps
SNEB award nomination forms online
Nominations forms are now available for the SNEB Helen Denning Ullrich Annual Award of Excellence in Nutrition Education and the Mid-Career Award. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 14, so now is a great time to consider which of your SNEB member peers to nominate.
SNEB myPlate e-Catalog new resources
Do you have a dinner/nutrition event coming up? The MyPlate eCatalog just reviewed the Make Your Plate Great Handouts which can be used as disposable placemat at mealtime or giveaways to reinforce the nutrition and health messages of MyPlate!
SNEB participates in the USDA listening session on 'Branded Food Products Database for Public Health'
Report prepared by Nancy Gaston and reported to the SNEB Board of Directors of Dec. 9.
The USDA National Nutrient Database is widely recognized as the gold standard for food composition data. Hence, various sectors of the research community and the food and healthcare industries who are currently using USDA's existing standard reference nutrient database will find the enhanced database valuable.
Improving food security, diet quality
Reuters via Agweek
A program that provides food and nutrition assistance to millions of low-income Americans may not be effective at current funding levels, a new study suggests.
Researchers found people who received assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program fared no better than people in similar conditions who were not eligible or didn't enroll in the program.
SNAP is the largest U.S. food assistance program and reached approximately 45 million people in 2011, senior study author Eric Rimm and his colleagues write in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
JNEB Journal Club 2014 spring semester
The Spring 2014 Journal Club looks at research on "Labels, Media and Marketing." Watch for details at http://www.sneb.org/events/journalclub.html or email email@example.com if you'd like to notified when registration opens.
Mexico takes action on sugary beverages and junk food
The New York Times
Thanksgiving once marked the beginning of a season of belt-tightening, as fresh food became scarce. Now it launches a fury of gluttony — and it's not as if we're restrained at other times. Yet with obesity-associated Type 2 diabetes at record levels, it's widely agreed that we have to moderate this diet. Which means that, despite corporate intransigence, we have to slow the marketing of profitable, toxic and addictive products masquerading as food.
Rudd Center launches update on Fast Food FACTS report
Fast Food FACTS
In 2012, the fast food industry spent $4.6 billion to advertise mostly unhealthy products, and children and teens remained key audiences for that advertising, according to a new report by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The report highlights a few positive developments, such as healthier sides and beverages in most restaurants' kids' meals, but also shows that restaurants still have a long way to go to promote only healthier fast food options to kids.
Children's cardiovascular fitness declining worldwide
American Heart Association via EurekAlert!
Many kids don't run as far or fast as their parents did, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.
The decline in running fitness may indicate worse health in adulthood, the researchers said.
Fighting cancer with food — and attitude
Evidence that diet can prevent cancer or the recurrence of cancer is mounting. In the Women's Intervention Nutrition Study, involving breast cancer patients who were on curative therapy, a low-fat diet was associated with reduced risk for cancer recurrence, particularly in those with estrogen-receptor negative cancers. "This is an important study," said Suzanne Dixon, "because women with estrogen-receptor negative cancer have fewer treatment options. The low-fat diet had a profound effect on recurrence in this group."
Dangerous trend: The cotton ball diet
The tapeworm diet, the feeding tube diet, the air diet — Brandi Koskie, managing editor of the website Diets in Review, said she thought she'd seen every crazy food fad out there. But then came the cotton ball diet.
The diet, as described in chat rooms, on YouTube videos and elsewhere on the Web, involves gobbling up to five cotton balls dipped in orange juice, lemonade or a smoothie in one sitting. The idea is to feel full without gaining weight. Some dieters chow down on the fluffy fillers before a meal to limit their food intake, while others subsist on cotton balls exclusively.
Core Nutrition Message Webinar Series rescheduled
Department of Agriculture
The Core Nutrition Messages Webinar Series, "Using Consumer-Tested Nutrition Messages to Design Motivational Resources for Your Target Audience" Session 2, will be at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday Jan. 16. This webinar was originally scheduled for Oct. 2. If you were registered for the October webinar, there is no need to re-register. Register here.
New report: The Diagnosis Difference
Pew Internet & American Life Project
Pew Research Center has a fascinating new report out The Diagnosis Difference. It includes some interesting findings, and at the link you can watch a well-done two-minute video on the research.
ENACT project newsletter Issue No. 2
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FAO initiated ENACT (Education for effective Nutrition in Action), supported by BMELV, in January 2012. As a key to future capacity development, the project will produce, pre-test and disseminate a basic certificate at undergraduate level which will implement the best practices of professional training in dietary promotion and also satisfy local demand. The materials will be available for online, face-to-face or blended use and will be piloted in all these formats with both national and international partners, in order to adapt them to local context and consumer need.
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