SNEB Journal Club 1: Dietary Self-Monitoring, But Not Dietary Quality, Improves With Use of Smartphone App Technology

September 12, 2016

Speakers: Christopher M. Wharton, PhD, and Carol Johnston, PhD, RD, Arizona State University 

Based on the JNEB article 

Dietary self-monitoring is linked to improved weight loss success. Mobile technologies, such as smartphone applications (apps), might allow for improved dietary tracking adherence. The authors assessed the use of a popular smartphone app for dietary self-monitoring and weight loss by comparing it with traditional diet counseling and entrymethods. 

Learning objectives: 
1. Understand the role dietary self-monitoring in weight loss. 
2. Compare smart phone applications (‘apps’) with traditional dietary logs in terms of adherence to self-monitoring. 
3. Evaluate the impact of smart phone apps on weight loss and dietary quality compared to other methods of self-monitoring. 

Dr. Christopher Wharton is an associate professor of nutrition at Arizona State University’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. He also directs the Food Systems Transformation Initiative at ASU. Dr. Wharton’s primary research interests include dietary and lifestyle behavior change leveraging both technology and concepts of voluntary simplicity. He also studies local food systems, food security, and food system sustainability, in particular from the perspective of small-scale community farm operations. 


Making VR a Reality: Virtual Reality in Nutrition Education

September 8, 2016

Virtual reality isn’t just for entertainment. Educators are finding novel ways to incorporate virtual reality and 360° spherical videos into the classroom, and nutrition educators are in a prime position to develop engaging learning tools with this technology. This webinar, co-led by a media specialist, instructional designer, and nutrition faculty member, will introduce participants to the concept of virtual reality, including important technological and educational considerations. Using nutrition educator training videos as an example, the speakers will demonstrate the technology and provide tips for nutrition educators seeking to incorporate this technology in their nutrition education courses. This session is sponsored by the Higher Education Division. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 
1. Describe the concept of virtual reality. 
2. Understand the underlying pedagogical considerations when using virtual reality. 
3. Discuss creative approaches to incorporating virtual reality in nutrition educator training. 
4. Brainstorm ways that virtual reality might improve student/participant learning for their course/program. 

Natalie K. Cooke, PhD, North Carolina State University 
Michael Cuales, MA, North Carolina State University 
Cathi Phillips Dunnagan, MS, North Carolina State University