Extension Opportunities in Food Access & Equity, Part 1

February 14, 2018

(Recorded) 2/13/18)

Speakers: Dan Remley, MSPH, PhD, The Ohio State University Extension; Amber Canto, MPH, RDN, University of Wisconsin-Extension; Alexandra Bush-Kaufman, MPH, RDN, CD, Washington State University-Extension & Bethany Hendrickson, Leah's Pantry

Food access and equity are increasingly relevant when nutrition professionals consider improving the quality of people’s diets. Many nutrition educators in Extension work within two of the USDA low-income nutrition education and obesity prevention programs, SNAP-Ed and EFNEP. The role of the built environment in the diets of Americans is more understood, and it is widely accepted that the places where people live, learn, work, play, and shop affect their food and physical activity behaviors. It is essential that participants of SNAP-Ed and EFNEP have access to nutritious foods so that direct education efforts by Extension educators are successful in improving health behaviors. The food pantry is a common setting for direct education interventions and is growing as a place for policy, systems, and environmental change. Environmental interventions within the food pantry setting improve healthy food access and equity to low-income clients that are served by SNAP-Ed and EFNEP through Extension programming. As such, the role of Extension educators has widened in the types of technical assistance and support Extension educators now provide to food pantry agencies and their clients.


Journal Club 2: Breastfeeding is Associated with Reduced Obesity in Hispanic 2- to 5-Year Olds Served by WIC

February 14, 2018

(Recorded 2/12/18)

Speaker: Shannon E. Whaley, PhD, PHFE WIC

This webinar will provide a forum to highlight the results of current WIC breastfeeding efforts and to discuss the impact of breastfeeding on childhood obesity among WIC participants in California. Shannon E. Whaley, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation at PHFE WIC, the largest local agency WIC program in the country, will present the work her team recently completed on a sample of over 40,000 WIC infants followed to age 4. Results suggest that every month of breastfeeding confers positive health benefits for children, as evidenced by lower rates of obesity at age 4. Ample Q&A time will be provided for audience questions and comments.


Empowered Eaters: A Road Map for Stronger Nutrition Education Policies

February 2, 2018

(Recorded 1/31/18)

Speakers: Julia McCarthy, JD, Center for Science in the Public Interest; Pamela Koch, EdD, RD, Columbia University; and Claire Uno, MLIS, Columbia University

With such a pressing need today for great nutrition education, alongside accessible and affordable healthy food, how are federal, state, and local governments responding? To answer this, the Tisch Food Center just launched a series of “Empowered Eaters” reports. This webinar details the landscape of public policy and investment in nutrition education, using New York as a case study. The reports provide a road map to strengthen the complex public systems that currently support nutrition education. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to navigate the landscape of federal, state, and local nutrition education policies, programs, and funding
  2. Have an increased sense of urgency about the importance of advocacy, and more confidence in how to engage in policy discussions. 
  3. Have a framework to conduct similar research for their state/city. 

Julia McCarthy, JD, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Julia McCarthy is Senior Nutrition Policy Associate with the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Formerly, she was the policy analyst at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy.  In her role at the Tisch Food Center, Julia researched state and local nutrition education programs and policies. Julia has previously worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.  Julia graduated with a B.A. in History from Georgetown University and has a law degree from New York University where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar.

Pamela Koch, EdD, RD, Columbia University
Pamela Koch is Executive Director for the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University and Research Associate Professor of Nutrition Education in TC’s Program in Nutrition. Pam conducts research about the connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy eating. She translates the results from her research into useful resources such as curricula for schoolteachers and recommendations for policy makers. Pam is the primary author of the three Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series books: Growing Food; Farm to Table & Beyond, and Choice, Control & Change and coordinated the development, evaluation and dissemination of the LiFE. Pam frequently speaks about nutrition education and sustainable food systems at meetings and conferences across the country. Pam also collaborates with several groups conducting food and nutrition education and working to increase access to healthy, sustainable food around New York City. She completed her BS and MS degrees in nutrition at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, and her EdD and RD from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Claire Uno, MLIS, Columbia University
Claire Uno is Deputy Director for the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University. Claire’s work focuses on building toward an equitable and sustainable food system. Claire takes the lead on policy efforts, community partnerships, and external relations for the Tisch Food Center. Her professional experience spans urban agriculture, food policy and community food security. Prior to the Center she was with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and before that served as Executive Director of Wasatch Community Gardens in Salt Lake City. She has a BA in Art History from Colgate University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from University of California, Los Angeles.


SNEB Hot Topics call with Any Fisher - author of Big Hunger

December 13, 2017

Recorded on 12/13/2017

Sponsored by the Sustainable Food Systems Division

Speaker: Andy Fisher, author of Big Hunger

Originally designed as a temporary stop gap measure during hard times, food banks have become normalized and institutionalized elements of the social safety net. After 35+ years of food banking we continue to see persistent food insecurity and growing income inequality. This raises the question of what we should do differently and who benefits from the emergency food system.  Andy Fisher will share his perspective as detailed in his recently published book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-hunger Groups.  Fisher will explore the power imbalance between giver and recipient, corporation and non-profit, within food charity as well as federal food programs. Examples of innovative approaches that are being implemented and models outside of the anti-hunger movement that can be translated to anti-hunger groups work will be shared to inspire the audience to take next steps in creating an equitable and sustainable food system.

Learning Objectives
Following the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify factors contributing to food insecurity;
  2. List 1 model or approach that has been demonstrated to address the problem of food insecurity;
  3. Identify one way in which federal food programs can be modified to promote health and social and economic justice

Andy Fisher is a leading national expert on community food security. He has written extensively on such topics as farm to school, farmers markets in low-income communities, and local food policy.  He co-founded and led the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a national alliance of groups working on food access and local food, from 1994 to 2011. He created and publicized the concept of community food security, and played a key role in building the food movement. He has played a lead role in gaining passage of numerous pieces of federal legislation, including the Community Food Projects and the Farm to School grant program. He led the development of the nation’s first training and technical assistance program on food systems, focusing on food policy councils, community food assessments, healthy corner stores, coalition building, and farm to cafeteria.  He has taught classes on food systems at Portland State University, Oregon State University, and Marylhurst University. Most recently he served as interim Executive Director at the Portland Fruit Tree Project.



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).