SNEB eCommunicator
Aug. 22, 2013

Welcome to the new e-Communicator
Welcome to the first issue of the redesigned SNEB e-Communicator. This email newsletter will now arrive every other Thursday with SNEB, JNEB and nutrition-related news. Please submit news items for consideration to P.S. Don't worry, you will still be receiving the ACPP policy alert on Mondays.More

SNEB call for nominations
Consider nominating yourself or one of your peers to SNEB leadership. The deadline for nominations for a position on the 2014-2015 board of directors is Sept. 1. Download a nomination form here.More

Job postings
San Mateo County Health System's Public Health Division is seeking an experienced, Spanish speaking nutrition education program specialist. Application deadline extended to open until filled. View the posting here. More

New members: July 19- Aug. 21
Janice Alfaro, MS, RD: Sun Valley, Calif.
Dipti Dev: Urbana, Ill.
Lorraine Mull, Ph.D.: Teachers College, Columbia University; West New York, N.J.
Laura Perdue, MPH, RDN: Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation; St. Paul, Minn.
Terry Perry, RD: Washington State University Extension; Spokane, Wash.
Cheryl Stetsko Mayne, RD: Community Action Program for Children, Alberta, Canada
Janani Thapa, MS, MPA:
Lubbock, Texas
Sarah Worthington:
Kansas City Health Department; Kansas City, Mo.More

2013 Annual Conference recap
The five days of the 2013 Annual Conference in Portland, Ore., included program sessions, poster presentations, networking events, exhibitors, advocacy efforts, business meeting, award presentations, committee and division meetings, fun run and fundraising efforts. More than 625 attendees along with speakers, exhibitors and volunteers also enjoyed new conference programs: a tech fair, link & learn sessions and SNEB Talks.

In the words of one attendee, "Meeting other people in my field was most beneficial for me. I enjoyed hearing about their projects and learning about their backgrounds. I also enjoyed hearing about the other amazing programs that exist in other parts of the country. At times, I think it is difficult to see the bigger picture, and a conference like this really helps with that."

Watch future issues for photos and other post-conference news. Some material available now includes speaker presentation slides or a summary handout. We are still receiving material from speakers, but as files are received they'll be posted online here. Also online is the 2012-2013 SNEB Annual Report. More

SNEB recognizes excellence during Annual Conference
SNEB awarded Marilyn Briggs, Ph.D., RD, SNS, the 2013 Helen Denning Ullrich Award of Excellence in Nutrition Education during the SNEB Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Aug. 11.

JNEB announced the 2013 Best Article and Best Great Educational Material awards at the annual conference. These annual awards recognize the authors of the best article and best GEM, published each year in JNEB, as judged by members of the JNEB Journal Committee and Board of Editors.

SNEB announces that Michelle Markesteyn Ratcliffe, Ph.D., received the SNEB Health Promotion Policy Award. The award was presented at the 46th SNEB Annual Conference, “Nutrition Education: Going from Good to Great,” Aug. 11 in Portland, Ore., during the Annual Business Meeting and Awards ceremony. She also spoke at the ACPP Public Policy Plenary: Farm to School - What's in it for You?, and the session, Celebrate Oregon Agriculture. More

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.More

Members in the news: Nutrition expert offers advice for packing school lunches
The Daily Meal
As soon as August rolls around, back-to-school reminders are everywhere you look. Still, as television ads and department stores are there to help you buy the latest backpack or the perfect first-day-of-school-outfit, what about the lunchbox? Filling it with something that's kid-friendly and healthy can be a challenge, which is why nutrition expert Karla Shelnutt has created a list of tips for parents.More

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.More

JNEB webinar - Statistics for Survey Design: Solutions for Success
3-4 p.m. EST | 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. More

Call for WIC-related papers
JNEB is soliciting manuscripts for a supplemental issue concerning the: 

Impact of the new WIC food package, including 
Factors that affect participation in WIC and retention 
Impact of nutrition education on WIC clientele 
Effectiveness of VENA (value enhanced nutrition assessment) on WIC participant and staff           satisfaction 
WIC and nutritional intake 
Impact of WIC participation on clinical outcomes 

All manuscript types currently accepted by JNEB are suitable for this special supplement, including research articles, research briefs, reports, GEMs and new resources for review. Please see guidelines for authors for more details. 

To be considered for publication, manuscripts must be submitted Oct. 1 through the submission process for a targeted publication date of May/June 2014. The cover letter should indicate that the submission is for this supplemental issue related to WIC. 

For questions about this supplemental issue, please contact guest editor Dr.  Marla Reicks, RD, at, or Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski, RD, at

SNEB editors' choice app
Couldn't make it to the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior meeting in Portland this month? Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski, editor-in-chief of the SNEB's official journal, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, has assembled a collection of relevant highlights from the pages of the JNEB. Each article is specially selected to tie into one of the meeting sessions, and each is free to access for a limited time. 

Access the online articles free here.

Self-efficacy as a Predictor of Weight Change and Behavior Change in the PREMIER Trial. Relevant to the Opening Keynote: Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: Break Your Eat- Repent-Repeat Cycle. 

Systematic Review of Dietary Interventions with College Students: Directions for Future Research and Practice. Relevant to the SNEB Link and Learn Session, Promoting Healthy Eating Behaviors in a Campus Resident Dining Setting. 
The Texting Athlete: Using Text and Picture Messages to Record Food Intake at Sporting Events. Relevant to the Technology and Apps session.
A Pilot Study of the Effects of Interview Content, Retention Interval and Grade on Accuracy of Dietary Information From Children. Relevant to the USDA/NIFA Highlights from the Childhood Obesity Prevention Program session.
Navigating the Urban Food Environment: Challenges and Resilience of Community-dwelling Older Adults. Relevant to the session "Do It for the Kids:" Community Engagement as an Innovative Strategy to Promote Successful Aging.

Free access to online posters
JNEB is pleased to provide free online access to posters from the USDA NIFA poster session. Go here and look for the USDA NIFA Poster Abstracts, beginning on page S78. Click on the Supplemental Materials link next to an abstract to access the poster.

We hope you enjoy these selections from the JNEB, and look forward to seeing you next June at the SNEB Annual Conference in Milwaukee! More

Soft drink consumption linked to behavioral problems in young children
Americans buy more soft drinks per capita than people in any other country. These drinks are consumed by individuals of all ages, including very young children. Although soft drink consumption is associated with aggression, depression and suicidal thoughts in adolescents, the relationship had not been evaluated in younger children. More

The cost of raising a child
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child, on Aug. 14. The report shows that a middle-income family with a child born in 2012 can expect to spend about $241,080 for food, shelter and other necessities associated with child-rearing expenses over the next 17 years. This represents a 2.6 percent increase from 2011.More

2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook
Let's Move!
For the second year, the White House challenged America's junior chefs to create original lunchtime recipes that were healthy, affordable, delicious and followed the nutritional guidelines of MyPlate. The 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook contains all 54 winning recipes — some of which were featured at the Kids' State Dinner at the White House.

This event, which was hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, celebrated the ingenuity of the budding young chefs. We thank our National Strategic Partners for your integral help in promoting this competition! The cookbook is now online here.More

Mushrooms and Health Summit - Sept. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.
Mushrooms and Health Summit
This meeting will be a unique and comprehensive examination of the global research that links mushrooms to today's and future health issues. Learn from the world's top scientists, researchers and nutrition experts who will provide a broad range of perspectives and facilitate discussions around mushrooms from spore to spoon. Bring your experience and expertise to the table and shape the future of scientific research on mushrooms.More

BMI may not be best measure for obese child's health
Business Standard
A new study has claimed that focusing on a single factor like the degree of BMI change among obese children is restrictive and can overlook other important health outcomes. According to the study, an intervention intended to combat childhood obesity can have beneficial effects on other health outcomes, such as cardiovascular fitness, regardless of its effect on BMI.More

Opinion: Progress on obesity, but the war is far from over
The Washington Post
There have been a few signs recently that obesity might not develop into the spectacular public-health crisis it seemed destined to become. It might just remain a huge public-health crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this month that the obesity rate dropped among younger, poor children in 19 states and territories between 2008 and 2011. More

Latino families in study eat more fruits and veggies, drink less soda
University of Illinois
A successful program that increased the number of fruits and vegetables eaten and decreased sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by 50 percent among Latino children had two secret weapons, according to a University of Illinois researcher. More