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SNEB leadership election
Each SNEB member was emailed a voting link on Feb. 13. Voting remains open until March 15. If you have not voted, watch for a reminder email on Friday. If you need a paper ballot, contact the office at email@example.com.
Announcing the SNEB Program Impact Award
The Nutrition Education Program Impact Award, to be presented annually by SNEB, is given to an individual or group for a nutrition education program, practice or intervention that has resulted in documented changes in behavior. Presentation of the award occurs at SNEB's Annual Conference. All SNEB members are encouraged to submit a program for consideration. It is not necessary for the program to have received approval through a human subject's board, to have been intended to be a research study or to have been published. However, documented evidence of the program's success is required. Download the application.
Higher Education Division announces new Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Nutrition in Higher Education Award
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Nutrition in Higher Education Award is presented to recognize outstanding SNEB members for their scholarly contributions to and student engagement in higher education. This award is designed to honor exemplary nutrition faculty who motivate college student learning through innovative and effective teaching methods. Application is now available with a March 1 deadline for nominations.
Members in the news
Brian Wansink, SNEB past president, discusses the issue of obesity. Read more here.
The Impact of Innovative Sweetening Ingredients on Calorie Reduction
Wednesday, Feb. 25 | 3 p.m. EST | Register
Learn about a new solution for those struggling with weight management or living with diabetes.
JNEB Journal Club focusing on statistical methodology
Due to member interest, we are expanding the scope of the series this spring and planning a Journal Club focused on Statistical Methodology in Nutrition Education and Behavior Research. SNEB members attend webinars free as a benefit of membership.
Monday, Feb 23 at 1 p.m. ET | Power Analysis presented by Karen Chapman-Novakofski, Ph.D., RD, University of Illinois referencing the JNEB article "Farmers' Markets: Costs Compared With Supermarkets, Use Among WIC Clients and Relationship to Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Related Psychosocial Variables"
Monday, March 2 at 1 p.m. ET | Chi Square, Pearson correlation, Linear regression presented by Virginia Quick, Ph.D., RD, James Madison University referencing the JNEB article "Concordance of Self-report and Measured Height and Weight of College Students"
Register for an individual session.
To register for the entire series, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JNEB editor-in-chief honored with ACES 2015 Global Impact Award
Each spring the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences recognizes contributions of faculty, staff and graduate students. The Global Impact Award seeks to recognize international achievements and demonstrated excellence related to global engagement.
Nutrition and the science of disease prevention: A systems approach to support metabolic health
The New York Academy of Sciences
How can we leverage progress in nutritional science, genetics, computer science and behavioral economics to address the challenge of non-communicable disease? Join us for this one-day conference that will highlight the connection between nutrition and the complex science of preventing disease. This forum will focus on promotion of optimal metabolic health, building on input from several complementary disciplines, with ample time for discussion interaction and networking. More information here.
Resources from FFP Consultation now available
Food Security Network
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, TOPS hosted the first of three partner consultations to support the development of USAID/Food for Peace's updated strategic plan. The consultation focused on Social Accountability and Governance. Resources from the consultation, including the webinar recording, notes, handouts and presentations, are available at fsnnetwork.org.
Local food systems: What do we know about national trends?
Department of Agriculture
American consumers are enjoying increasingly more opportunities to buy food directly from farmers and to patronize grocery stores and restaurants that offer local foods. Policymakers have taken notice, and as part of Congress' FY14 Appropriations Bill, the House Agriculture Committee asked the Economic Research Service to report on the scope of local and regional food systems and recent national trends.
Listing calories on fast-food menus spurs more-healthful choices by parents
The Washington Post
Parents often struggle to get children to eat healthfully and be active. Might that effort be helped if menus include calorie data and indicate the physical activity required to burn off those calories?
Improving health through nutrition research
Department of Agriculture
A 2013 survey of consumers found that 45 percent were "very interested" and another 42 percent were "somewhat interested" in learning more about foods that have health benefits. Private companies are responding by redirecting their research and development efforts toward creating nutritionally enriched conventional foods and new food products that go beyond basic nutrition.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation doubles down on investment
RWJF pledged an additional $500 million over 10 years to help all children in the U.S. — no matter who they are or where they live — grow up at a healthy weight. Combined with earlier commitments, RWJF will have dedicated more than $1 billion to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. Learn how the foundation plans to build on its work.
Bariatric surgery may reduce life expectancy for obese diabetic patients
Bariatric surgery improves life expectancy for many obese diabetic patients, but it may cut life expectancy for patients who are super obese with very high body mass indexes, according to a University of Cincinnati researcher. The findings were published recently online in the Annals of Surgery.
CDC/DNPAO food service guidelines website
The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity has launched a website on Healthy Food Service Guidelines. Every day, millions of Americans buy or are served food and beverages at their workplaces, or in other community settings such as hospitals, parks and recreation areas.
Another breastfeeding benefit: Preparing baby's belly for solid food
Researchers have found that a baby's diet during the first few months of life has a profound influence on the composition, diversity and stability of the gut microbiome, according to study published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. These factors, in turn, influence the baby's ability to transition from milk to solid foods and may have long-term health effects.
Infographic: Active kids learn better
Active Living Research
Obesity can have serious ramifications for kids' cognitive development and affect school attendance. Because children spend so much time at school, schools have a unique opportunity to help children become more healthy and active. Policies that support daily physical education and regular activity breaks during the school day can help increase physical activity, improve academic performance and improve classroom behavior among students.
Diet and exercise alone are no cure for obesity, doctors say
Los Angeles Times
At long last, a group of respected physicians and obesity researchers has stepped forward to challenge the facile bromide that America's weight issues can be easily fixed by diet and exercise. Take note, glib-talking doctors and legislators, rail-thin commentators and fat-haters of all stripes: For most of the nation's 79 million adults and 13 million kids who are obese, the "eat less, move more" treatment, as currently practiced, is a prescription for failure, these experts say.
The gut microbiome and diet in psychiatry: Focus on depression
With depressive disorders the leading source of disability globally, the identification of new targets for prevention and management is imperative. A rapidly emerging field of research suggests that the microbiome–gut–brain axis is of substantial relevance to mood and behavior.
Possible mechanism underpins Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have for the first time discovered a killing mechanism that could underpin a range of the most intractable neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS.
Nutrition advice: Can we stop the 'low-fat, low-carb' lingo?
This is Stephen Devries, a preventive cardiologist and director of the nonprofit Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. I would like to speak about controversies in nutrition. With some recent studies of low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diets that have attracted a great deal of attention, I would like to address the hazards of dietary recommendations that focus on a single macronutrient such as fats or carbohydrates. I would also like to offer some nutrition tips that can help guide our discussions with patients.
It's time to invest in nutrition
The Huffington Post
The recent release of President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget has sparked a lot of discussion. It has been both praised and panned for being bold and for recognizing that we have turned a corner and can begin to think about investments in important domestic programs.
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