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SNEB regularly participates in public policy activities as they relate to the mission and vision of the Society. By being actively involved in the conversation, SNEB can make change happen! SNEB works with candidates and members of Congress to advance SNEB's public policy priorities and raise SNEB's profile. SNEB and the Advisory Committee on Public Policy (ACPP) represent members' interests and positions nutrition educators to be the preferred providers of food, nutrition and health services. This area of the website includes positions, policy statements and letters, in addition to legislative and regulatory updates and links to Federal nutrition-related web sites.


Health Promotion Policy Award

To recognize the efforts of others to shape and promote policies that promote healthy, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s Advisory Committee on Public Policy sponsors “Health Promotion Policy” awards.  These awards will be given to individuals or groups who have significantly contributed to creating and/or implementing policies or policy-based changes that support and positively impact the food and physical activity environment.  There is no limit on the number of awards that may be presented per year. As many awards will be presented as the ACPP awards committee and the SNEB board approves. One annual Outstanding Health Promotion Policy Award will be selected from all of the bestowed awards from the year and will be presented at the annual conference. 

2015 Award

Live Well Greater Toledo with certificate of recognition to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

LiveWell is a collaboration of community leaders and organizations that have teamed together to promote policy systems and environmental changes for a healthier community. The organization aims to provide opportunities for members of the community to increase physical activity as well as improve eating habits.

Peduto was cited for his leadership in developing a comprehensive plan to build protected bike lanes in the city of Pittsburgh.


2013 Award

SNEB announces that Michelle Markesteyn Ratcliffe, PhD has received the SNEB Health Promotion Policy Award. The award was presented at the 46th SNEB Annual Conference, “Nutrition Education: Going from Good to Great,” in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, August 11 during the Annual Business Meeting and Awards ceremony. She also spoke at the ACPP Public Policy Plenary: Farm to School - What's in it for You? and the session, Celebrate Oregon Agriculture.

Ratcliffe is the Farm to School Program Manager at the Oregon Department of Agriculture where she directs a wide-range of initiatives that enable schools to feature healthy, locally sourced products in their cafeterias, and provide students with food and garden-based learning opportunities. At the Oregon Department of Agriculture, she works within the areas of product development, procurement, promotion, distribution, education, and research and evaluation. She also serves as an advisor to the National Farm to School Network, School Food FOCUS, and manages the FoodCorps program in Oregon. (ACPP Chair Sarah Colby presents Ratcliffe with the award.)

2012 Award

Thomas Richard “Tom” Harkin is a United States Senator from Iowa. As former chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where he led efforts to enact the 2002 and 2007 farm bills, and current chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Harkin is being recognized for his many years of dedicated service and leadership to promote nutrition and health programs important to SNEB members.

Congratulations to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin who accepted the award from SNEB members Joyce Counihan and Doris Montgomery.




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SNEB is an international community of professionals actively involved in nutrition education and health promotion. Their work takes place in colleges and universities, government agencies, cooperative extension, communications and public relations firms, the food industry, voluntary and service organizations and with other reliable places of nutrition and health education information. Learn more