SNEB Journal Club 9: Effectiveness of a Parent Health Report in Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

November 28, 2017

(Recorded 11/27/17)

Speaker: Sanita L. Hunsaker, PhD, Brigham Young University 

Effectiveness of a Parent Health Report in Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Preschoolers and Kindergarteners 

Results from both an open trial and a randomized controlled trial suggested that the parent health report may be a beneficial tool to increase vegetable consumption in preschoolers and kindergarteners. Increases in vegetable consumption can lead to the establishment of lifelong habits of healthy vegetable intake and decrease risk for chronic diseases. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe the benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption in preschoolers and kindergarteners 
  2. Describe factor that contribute to increased fruit and vegetable intake 
  3. Demonstrate the utility of a parent health report to increasing preschooler and kindergartener vegetable intake 

Dr. Sanita Hunsaker is an NIH-supported T32 fellow in Child Behavior and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University and completed her residency in behavioral medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hunsaker’s research focuses on promoting positive health-related behaviors in children and adolescents with and without obesity. 

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 is $25.


SNEB Journal Club 8: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Evidence-Based Cooking Videos for Cancer Survivors

November 20, 2017

(Recorded 11/20/17)

Speakers: Colleen Spees, PhD, MEd, RDN, FAND and Emily Fitz, RDN, The Ohio State University 

There are over 15.5 million cancer survivors currently living in the US, with many at risk for multiple obesity-related comorbidities associated with inadequate dietary and physical activity patterns. Evidence-based guidelines for cancer prevention and survivorship promote a primarily plant-based diet to improve survivor outcomes, yet adherence to these recommendations is poor. Nutrition programming targeting the specific needs of cancer survivors should provide basic nutrition knowledge and promote adherence to the evidence-based guidelines. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Access resources to support and identify evidence-based cancer prevention and survivorship recommendations.
  2. Understand the impact of collaborating with experts to enhance program development, implementation, and evaluation. 
  3. Recognize and document client’s perceptions and impressions of remote education and training. 

Dr. Colleen Spees serves as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Dietetics & Health Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition, she is an active member of OSU’s prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds academic appointments in both the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE). 


Reaching Low-Income Audiences Using Innovative Social Marketing Techniques for Nutrition Education

November 16, 2017

(Recorded 11/14/17)

Speakers: Austin H. Childers, BA; Edda Cotto-Rivera, MPH CHES; and Jung Sun Lee, PhD RDN

Webinar sponsored by ASNNA in partnership with the SNEB Communications Division

The web presents an ever growing opportunity to provide cost-effective and cost-efficient SM nutrition education to a broad audience — but how do you ensure that information reaches your intended audience? This webinar will cover geo-fencing — the practice of restricting online content to particular geographic regions — using specific examples on Facebook and Google's advertising platforms to target SNAP-Ed eligible audiences. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, participants will gain understanding on:

  1. How University of Georgia SNAP-Ed SM uses geo-targeting options for promoted content on Facebook and Google AdWords.
  2. How geo-fencing helps to achieve 100% SNAP-Ed eligibility in geo-targeted online audiences.
  3. The basic knowledge to apply similar practices to other nutrition education program targeted to low-income audiences.

Austin Childers holds a BA in Human Geography with concentrations in Agrofood Systems, Politics, and Uban Development, and New Media Certificate from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. In his current position, Childers 1) coordinates a statewide social marketing nutrition education intervention to promote healthy eating and physically active behaviors of low-income Georgians for the University of Georgia SNAP-Ed;  2) conducts social marketing research while utilizing emerging and traditional methods of communication to create and distribute nutrition education messages; and 3) provides technical marketing assistance to the University of Georgia SNAP-Ed team of nutrition and education professionals.

Dr. Lee holds a doctoral degree in Community Nutrition from Cornell University, and has received additional training in geriatrics and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Lee has training and background in community nutrition, epidemiology, and aging, with specific expertise in food insecurity research conducting evaluation studies on food and nutrition assistance programs, community-based nutrition interventions, and policy addressing nutrition-related health disparities in low-income population.

Ms. Cotto-Rivera holds a Masters degree in Public Health and a Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education. Ms. Cotto-Rivera's professional background includes community health education and outreach, chronic disease prevention education, and working with diverse audiences. Ms. Cotto-Rivera has extensively contributed to research projects related to health, nutrition, wellness with diverse underserved populations. As the University of Georgia SNAP-Ed Project Coordinator, she is responsible to collaborate with the Principle Investigator to provide guidance to both state staff and county based Extension staff for the design, implementation and evaluation of the program's direct nutrition education, social marketing ,and e-learning interventions.


SNEB Journal Club 7: Bringing Produce to the People: Implementing a Social Marketing Food Access Intervention

November 15, 2017

(Recorded 11/13/17)

Speakers: A. Susana Ramirez, PhD, MPH, University of California, Merced; L. Karina Díaz Rios, PhD, RD, University of California; and Zulema Valdez, PhD, University of California, Merced 

Bringing Produce to the People: Implementing a Social Marketing Food Access Intervention in Rural Food Deserts 

This study describes and evaluates the process of implementing a social marketing food access intervention for food desert communities in rural California. A case study approach used mixed-methods data from nationwide market comparisons, environmental assessment, and community informants. Lessons learned demonstrate room for improvement in implementing such strategies and underscore the importance of involving community in decision making; the strategic importance of operational decisions relating to intervention design, site and product selection, and distribution models; and the need to reconsider the problem of access in rural areas. 

Learning Objectives 

  1. Describe the social marketing principles for the design and implementation of food access interventions. 
  2. Describe a mixed method case study approach used to evaluate the process of implementation of a social marketing intervention. 
  3. Identify challenges and opportunities to improve sustainability and success of food access interventions in rural settings. 

Dr. Ramirez is an Assistant Professor of Public Health Communication at the University of California, Merced. She has a doctorate in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Santa Clara University. She has 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating strategic, culturally appropriate behavior change interventions in multinational organizations. Dr. Ramirez’ program of research aims to understand the multiple levels of communication influence on health behaviors and health disparities.

Dr. Díaz Rios is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in Nutrition and the Co-Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Merced. She obtained her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois after completing her undergraduate training in Dietetics and a Masters in Medical Sciences at the University of Guanajuato in México. Dr. Díaz Rios is a registered dietitian with experience on nutrition counseling and education in Mexico and in the U.S. Her research focuses on the development, adaptation, and evaluation of theory-based, culturally sensitive approaches to nutrition education and food access.

Dr. Valdez is an Associate Professor of Sociology at University of California, Merced. Her research and teaching interests include racial and ethnic relations and health disparities. She has received fellowship and grant support from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Her work has been published in many academic journals and edited volumes. She is the author of two books, The New Entrepreneurs: How Race, Class and Gender Shape American Enterprise (Stanford, 2011) and Entrepreneurs and the Search for the American Dream (Routledge, 2015)Professor Valdez is currently at work on a project examining the relationship between social entrepreneurs, community gardens, and food access in low-resource minority communities. 


SNEB Journal Club 6: NEEDs for Tots: A Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding Focused Early Childhood Education Curriculum

November 8, 2017

(Recorded 11/6/17)

Speaker: Elizabeth H. Ruder, PhD, MPH, RD, Rochester Institute of Technology 

NEEDs for Tots: A Teacher-Ready and Parent-Friendly Curriculum Focuses on Principles of the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding 

Authoritative parental feeding behavior is defined by parent leadership with feeding balanced by child autonomy with eating. This feeding style is associated with more healthful child eating behaviors and child weight status. Among young children, controlling, restrictive, and indulgent feeding practices are positively associated with child weight status. The Satter Division of Responsibility in feeding (sDOR) is 1 approach to support feeding relationships congruent with healthy growth and development. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Describe the NEEDs for Tots early childhood education curriculum. 
2. Describe the Satter Division of Responsibility (sDOR) in Feeding. 
3. Discuss the sDOR.2-6y as an instrument to evaluate caregiver adherence to the sDOR in Feeding. 

Liz Ruder, PhD, MPH, RDN is an Assistant Professor at the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Ruder’s research interests are in community nutrition, eating behavior, and cancer prevention. 


SNEB Journal Club 5: Teacher Perceptions of Multilevel Policies and the Influence on Nutrition Education in Preschools

November 1, 2017

(Recorded 10/30/17)

Speakers: Virginia C. Stage, PhD, RD, LDN and Amanda D. Peterson, MS, RDN, LDN, East Carolina University 

Teacher Perceptions of Multilevel Policies and the Influence on Nutrition Education in North Carolina Head Start Preschools 

Interrelated themes were condensed into three broad categories, and a substantive-level model emerged to explain how policy-related factors (i.e. actual policies vs. policy perceptions) influenced nutrition education (e.g. frequency, strategies) and child-related outcomes (i.e. learning outcomes, exposure). Multilevel policies and teachers’ perceptions of those policies directly and indirectly affect the quality and frequency of nutrition education. For instance, teachers described sanitation policies that limited or restricted the use of food-based activities (e.g. taste testing, cooking), while policies regarding hygiene (e.g. hand washing) and regulatory schedules created time constraints in the classroom. Findings suggest that teachers’ perceive their ability to provide quality nutrition education in the classroom is most affected by policies at the state and center-level. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review past and current federal food and nutrition related policies (i.e. Child Adult Care Food Program, Head Start Performance Standards) and their potential impact on nutrition education in the preschool setting. 
  2. Discuss methods and results of a qualitative examination of teacher perceptions of multi-level policies in NC-based Head Start preschools. 
  3. Describe action areas nutrition educators can take to improve food and nutrition related policy in the Head Start environment. 

Virginia C. Stage is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Assistance Professor of Nutrition Science, and Director the The FEEd Lab at East Carolina University. The Food-based Early Education (FEEd) Lab's research focuses on childhood overweight prevention by improving early childhood teachers' food and nutrition education strategies when working with children (birth-5 years) and their families. Over the past 10+ years, Dr. Stage has worked with 300+ teachers nationally on how to integrate nutrition education into their classrooms. Finally, Dr. Stage also currently serves as Chair-Elect of SNEB’s Children’s Nutrition Education Division.

Amanda Peterson is a Registered Dietitian and Research Associate at East Carolina University.  She graduated from East Carolina University with a Master's in nutrition and works as a Process Improvement Coordinator and Outpatient Dietitian at Vidant Duplin Hospital.  Amanda’s research focus is food and nutrition education policies in Head Start preschools with an interest in how policies influence the preschool environment.


Hot Topics Call: From Millennials to Boomers: Digital Communication for Nutrition Educators Across Generations

October 20, 2017

(Recorded 10/18/17)

The Communications Division Presents

From Millennials to Boomers: Digital Communication for Nutrition Educators Across Generations

Speakers: Joanne Larsen, M.S., R.D.N., “Ask the Dietitian” and Health and Nutrition Technology Developer and Elsa Ramirez Brisson, PhD, RD, Food FUNdamentals and Chair-elect Communications Division and topic specific experts TBA

When you wake up in the morning, where do you turn to get the latest news? Do you scroll through your Facebook feed? Or open a newspaper? The answer to this question may be highly correlated with your age.

Join the Communications Division for a lively discussion about how the use of digital communication tools among nutrition educators differs across the age spectrum -- and what generational groups can learn from one another. Joanne Larsen and Elsa Ramirez will share a brief presentation on the evolution of digital communication tools for nutrition educators to frame the conversation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to provide examples of several ways in which age/generational groups differ in their use of digital communication tools (e.g. social media, websites, mobile apps, etc.)
  • Participants will be able to discuss unique challenges to adopting digital communication tools for at least two different age groups (e.g. older generations and social media).

Speakers, Joanne Larsen, “Ask the Dietitian”, and Elsa Ramirez Brisson, Food FUNdamentals, met and started training nutrition professionals as the Web Wizards in 1996-2001 and they continue to They have collaborate on online projects. Joanne is an entrepreneur and works with a diverse list of companies and agencies developing technology tools and she will provide the overview of generational preferences in digital media access.  Elsa’s career in public health nutrition has focused on equity for diverse immigrant populations with literacy and English language challenges, she will focus introducing the challenges individuals face adopting social media in different populations.


National Farm to School Month: Early Care Education Edition

October 19, 2017

(Recorded 10/17/19)

Speakers: Rebecca E. Lee, PhD, Arizona State University, Anna Mullen, National Farm to School Network, and Lacy Stephens MS, RDN, National Farm to School Network

Sponsored by the SNEB Nutrition Education for Children Division

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. It is also a great time to learn more about farm to early care and education (ECE), a suite of activities and strategies that entails three core elements, including the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and food-based learning activities implemented in the ECE setting. Join speakers from the National Farm to School Network and Arizona State University to learn about opportunities to celebrate National Farm to School Month and to learn more about the vast array of benefits of farm to ECE for children, families and communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Access resources to support and identify specific opportunities to engage in National Farm to School Month
  • Identify the three core elements of farm to school and how they can be applied in the early care and education setting.
  • Recognize and name the health and education impacts of farm to early care and education for children, families, and early care and education providers.
  • Understand the importance of NFSN’s ECE Survey and how this information influences decisions made at the national/federal level for allocation of resources.

 Dr. Rebecca E. Lee is a seasoned community psychologist and a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) at Arizona State University (ASU). Her research primarily focuses on environmental and policy determinants of healthy eating and physical activity in ethnic minority youth and families. Dr. Lee is a fan of community based participatory research (CBPR) which engages community partners in all phases of the research process to enhance sustainable health behavior change.

Anna Mullen has long held a passion for social justice and advocacy, with special interest in food access, community health and sustainability. She pursues these interests daily in her role as Communications Associate with the National Farm to School Network, which works with schools and early care and education sites to promote healthy, local food in school meals, school gardens and nutrition education for all children.

Lacy Stephens, MS, RDN, brings her passion for supporting healthy kids, thriving communities, and sustainable food systems to her work as the Farm to Early Care and Education Associate with the National Farm to School Network (NFSN). NFSN is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and early care and education environments.

Applicable SNEB Competencies:

  • Behavior and Education Theory
  • Food and Nutrition Policy
  • Nutrition Education Program Design Implementation and Evaluation

SNEB Journal Club 4: Design and Evaluation of a Training Protocol for a Visual Estimation of Fruit and Vegetable Intake

October 18, 2017

(Recorded 10/16/17)

Speaker: Natalie Masis, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Design and Evaluation of a Training Protocol for a Photographic Method of Visual Estimation of Fruit and Vegetable Intake among Kindergarten Through Second-Grade Students 

Fruit and vegetable intake data can be invasive and time-consuming to collect; however, more methods in visual estimation of intake have been used to mitigate some of the issues associated with data collection. Having a training protocol for fruit and vegetable intake is essential in the reliable collection and assessment of intake data among raters. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe the importance of assessing fruit and vegetable intake in the lunchroom setting for school research. 
  2. Describe the development of a training protocol for visual estimation of fruit and vegetable intake. 
  3. Identify implications for research when creating a training protocol in use of lab or school settings and items to consider. 

Dr. Natalie Masis has a doctorate in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University, and both a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and in Food Science from Cornell University. Dr. Masis' former research focused on assessing fruit and vegetable outcomes in school children.