SNEB Journal Club 6: What Does Evidence-Based Mean for Nutrition Educators

March 29, 2017

Funding agencies and professional organizations are increasingly requiring community-based nutrition education programs to be evidence-based. However, few nutrition education interventions have demonstrated efficacy, particularly for interventions that address the outer layers of the socioecological model (ie, organizational, community, and public policy). This webinar reviews the types of evidence available to assess the likelihood that a given intervention will deliver the desired outcomes and how these types of evidence might be applied to nutrition education, and then suggests an approach for nutrition educators to evaluate the evidence and adapt interventions if necessary.

The audience will
• Become familiar with different types of evidence
• Consider the strengths and limitations of each type of evidence
• Identify best practices for choosing an intervention that are applicable to their programming
• Understand ways that an intervention can be adapted while maintaining fidelity

Jamie Dollahite, PhD is Professor of Community Nutrition at Cornell University and directs the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities programs, including the Northeast Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence. .

Cindy Fitch, PhD, RD is the Associate Dean of Programming and Research for the West Virginia University Extension Service. She has 30 years of experience in research, curriculum development, and working with children and families.


SNEB Journal Club 5: Mealtime Structure and Responsive Feeding Practices are Associated with Less Fussiness and More Enjoyment

March 20, 2017

Speaker: Elena Jansen, PhD, Queensland University of Technology

This webinar was pre-recorded.

The findings suggested that mealtime structure and responsive feeding are associated with more desirable eating behaviors. Contrary to predictions, there was no evidence to indicate that these practices are associated with better self-regulation of energy intake. Longitudinal research and intervention studies are needed to confirm the importance of these feeding practices for children's eating behaviors and weight outcomes.

Learning objectives:
1. Attendees will be introduced to a community-based randomized controlled trial conducted in Australia which aimed to promote positive maternal feeding practices and foster healthy child eating and weight development.
2. After this symposium, attendees will be familiar with the Feeding Practices and Structure Questionnaire and have a better understanding of the relationship between aspects of the mealtime environment and children’s eating behavior.
3. Attendees will be encouraged to explore the generalizability of findings and application of measurement tools to their home countries.

Dr Elena Jansen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Children’s Health Research, Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane Australia. Her current research projects focus on health and learning in the early years of life with a common theme being children’s early relationship with their parental and non-parental caregivers and how these interactions relate to child health and behavioural outcomes. To this end, Dr Jansen uses complex statistical modelling based on large quantitative surveys and more recently employed qualitative methods such as focus groups and observations.


The Time is Right for Strong Advocacy on Capitol Hill: Lessons and Insights from Policy Insiders

March 17, 2017

Speakers: Alison Hard, Teachers College, Columbia University; Tracy A. Fox, MPH, RD, Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants; Jennifer Folliard, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Claire Uno, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, and Melissa Maulding, Purdue University, MS, RD, Nutrition Education Program

While nobody has a crystal ball to tell us the future of federal food and nutrition programs and policy, there are signs that many recent achievements could be rolled back or reversed. It’s time to get organized, and make our voices heard. Experts like SNEB members need to ensure that members of Congress - new and continuing - are fully informed of the importance of our collective work. This webinar will help participants understand actions they can take to ensure that the communities we work in and programs and policies we work on maintain critical support for the next four years and beyond.

Join nutrition education policy experts for a lively discussion on the who, what, when, where, and why of building relationships with your Members of Congress. Establishing these relationships are the key building blocks to future advocacy and education efforts and a practical first step we should all be taking right now!

Attending the SNEB annual conference in Washington, D.C. this summer? This webinar is great way to plan your visit to your members of Congress during a pre-conference trip to Capitol Hill.

Learning objectives
• Learn about the importance of advocacy and policy involvement as nutrition educators, and what role we can play in policy discussions.
• Learn about advocacy skills, especially setting up meetings with congressional staff and building relationships with Members of Congress.
• Gain an understanding of current federal policy issues related to nutrition education, including the upcoming Farm Bill.


SNEB Journal Club 4: From Policy to Practice-Implementation of Water Policies in Child Care Center in Connecticut

March 8, 2017

Speakers: Ann E. Middleton, MPH & Kathryn E. Henderson, PhD, Yale University

Child care policies may contribute to healthy beverage consumption patterns. This study documented availability and accessibility of water and correspondence with state and federal policy and accreditation standards in child care centers.

Learning Objectives
1. Participants shall be able to describe different levels (e.g., site, state, federal) of beverage policy in child care.
2. Participants shall be able to describe various metrics for evaluating water accessibility, policy, and consumption in institutional settings for children.
3. Participants shall be able to describe barriers to and facilitators of implementing strong beverage policies in institutional settings for children.

Kathryn E. Henderson, PhD, is a psychologist and Sole Proprietor of Henderson Consulting, where she provides research consultation to projects addressing the nutrition and physical activity environment in schools and child care. She also serves as co-Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-sponsored Early Care and Education Working Group, a national network of researchers focused on obesity prevention in early childhood.

Ann Middleton is a Senior Research Analyst at IMPAQ International, where she provides survey methodology and evaluation services to federal, state, and county agencies on the topics of food assistance, subsidized childcare, and workforce development. Over the past nine years, Ms. Middleton has worked with schools, childcare centers, retailers, and social service agencies to assess various nutrition program and policy implementations.


Skills Building: Written Communication Messaging Matters with Dr. Howard Moskowitz

March 7, 2017

Speaker: Howard Moskowtiz, PhD, Mind Genomics Advisors LLC

This webinar is a continuation of the skills building webinars hosted by the Communications Division, which will focus on written communication, specifically consumer segmentation and proper messaging tactics.

Learning objectives
1. Develop an understanding of the field of mind-genomics
2. Identify new methods of determining appropriate nutrition messaging
3. Understand consumer segmentation to improve behaviors


JNEB Webinar: Why and How to Get Your Paper Noticed

February 27, 2017

Karen Chapman-Novakofski, PhD, RDN, Professor, University of Illinois and Editor in Chief, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
George Woodward, Senior Publisher, Health & Medical Sciences, STM Journals, Elsevier

Participants will
1. obtain tips on increasing awareness of their research among science and lay audiences.
2. understand how to use social media for promotion and tenure or career development
3. recognize Elsevier, JNEB and their university’s press release procedures


SNEB Journal Club 3: Framework to Assess Community Nutritionists? Use of Environmental Strategies to Prevent Obesity

February 24, 2017

Speaker: Angela H. Lu, PhD, RD, Cornell University

This webinar was pre-recorded.

Framework identifies the levels of engagement in promoting environmental changes and supports future research and practice of community nutrition professionals by providing a roadmap for assessing their involvement on multiple levels to prevent obesity.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies can be defined
2. Identify factors related to nutrition educators' use of PSE strategies
3. Determine ways to integrate PSE strategies into nutrition educators' work

Angela H. Lu received her PhD in nutritional sciences with emphasis in community nutrition. Her research includes nutrition educators' use of PSE strategies in their communities. After graduation from Cornell, worked in a nonprofit organization in Taiwan on government-supported programs that focused on changing food policies and environments.


SNEB Hot Topics Call

February 17, 2017

The SNEB Weight Realities Division presents

"Health At Every Size - What It Is and What It's Not" Hot Topics Call

February 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Hosted by:
Joanne P. Ikeda, MA, RD, Nutritionist Emeritus in Department of Nutritional Sciences at University of California, Berkeley and Past President of SNEB.

This is an opportunity for members to:

  • Get their questions about Health At Every Size answered
  • Voice their reservations about the Health At Every Size approach 
  • Have their perspectives on the Health At Every Size approach acknowledged
  • Bust any myths they've heard about Health At Every Size

SNEB Journal Club 2: Measures of Retail Food Store Environments and Sales - Implications for Healthy Eating Initiatives

February 15, 2017

Speaker: Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania

Two widely used tools to measure retail food store environments are available and can be refined and adapted. Standardization of measurement across studies and reports of measurement quality (eg, reliability, validity) may better inform practice and policy changes.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe key features of measures of retail food store environments, including the types of methods used to collect these data, measure characteristics, including dimensions most commonly captured across methods, and their strengths and limitations.
2. Identify two specific measures that have been frequently used to measure retail food store environments.
3. Identify the most often-measured attributes of store food environments that are captured by these measures, and explain their relevance to healthy food access initiatives.

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center, at the University of Pennsylvania. A globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition and other disciplines, her research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reducing health disparities; and health communication technologies. Dr. Glanz was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences [now the National Academy of Medicine] in 2013. She was designated a Highly Cited Author by, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period, and was named a Highly Cited Author and one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 by Thomson Reuters.

Attendees will earn 1 CPE from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Cost: SNEB Members attend webinars free as a benefit of membership. Non-member cost