Day 66 – Meet the Exhibitor: Learning ZoneXpress

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May 262016

Learning ZoneXpress, Inc. is a leading source of health, nutrition and life skills education resources. They offer a wide variety of affordable educational posters, handouts, incentives, DVDs, and more. These engaging and innovative messages fit public health agencies, WIC clinics, school foodservice, Family and Consumer Sciences classrooms and other public or community facilities.

Learning ZoneXpress was established in 1997 in Owatonna, MN to satisfy consumer demand for consistent quality in affordable nutrition and life skills education resources. Learning ZoneXpress strives to produce engaging, affordable, premium-quality health, nutrition and life skills education products while making every effort to meet the demands of the ever-changing customer needs with unprecedented products, effective support materials, and excellence in customer service.

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Day 68 – San Diego Bike Share

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May 252016

San Diego launched a bike share program in March 2015. There are two stations close to the conference hotel.

Hourly Rentals: Rent any bike from any station, any time you want. Hourly rentals allow riders to keep the bike for the entire duration of the rental period. As a perk, you can also dock/park your bike at any station and check another during your rental period. The rental period starts at the time of your original transaction and is continuous.


  • 3-month MINIMUM commitment for regular members
  • Short-term memberships available for seasonal visitors (1 Month or less)
  • Membership Key or credit card as Access Pass to program
  • Enjoy UNLIMITED 30 or 60 minute rides p/day
  • You MUST DOCK your bike back within your 30 or 60 term to avoid paying additional usage fees


  • Ride for the ENTIRE TIME of your rental
  • Dock your bike at any station and check out any other available bike
  • Your credit card acts as an access card for ALL stations during your rental period
  • If you choose to keep your bike past your rental session, it’s just $5 for each additional 30-minute period


Day 67 – You Spoke – We Listened – And Acted!

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May 242016

Have you ever wondered what organizations do with your evaluations and comments after a conference? No more guess work with SNEB!  When you completed last year’s conference evaluation you spoke about ideas that would make the SNEB conference an even better experience. We listened and are proud to announce the following changes in the 2016 Next Practices conference based on your recommendations and requests– a conference designed for you by you!

You said:

  1. No other sessions scheduled during poster sessions. There are no education sessions conflicting with poster sessions on Sunday or Monday
  2. Asking questions when the sessions are still fresh in their minds may lead to more feedback. Great suggestion! This year we are planning a quick feedback survey to arrive by email every evening during conference.
  3. Don’t make the schedule so tight during the day. A one-hour break each day from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. gives attendees time to grab lunch
  4. Provide a microphone – and someone to carry the microphone – to ask questions.We will be scheduling student volunteers to assist with the question and answer period of each session.
  5. Add highly recognized named speakers. We are proud to have Dr. Christina Economos as our opening speaker. You can learn about her research here.
  6. Continue relationship with USDA. USDA leadership and research grantees are returning to conference this year sharing their research on Tuesday along with sessions that highlight their research and funding opportunities.
  7. Provide a list of places close by to eat. The Local Arrangements committee is creating a list of local restaurants and are arranging for discounts if possible. Also the hotel provides a free shuttle to downtown San Diego.
  8. Have the presentation slides available online. We are asking all presenters to have their slides available on 7/23 and will be posting them for attendees to reference.
  9. Include panels where controversies are discussed. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Christopher Gardener and Dr. Glen Gaesser will examine Weight as a Measure of Health vs. Health at Every Size Concepts in a debate format on Monday.
  10. Put the agenda at a glance on the website in advance. Click here to download a schedule at a glance for this year’s conference.

Day 69 – International Division Activity at SNEB Annual Conference

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May 232016

Members of the SNEB International Division will be especially interested in these upcoming programs.

Global Food Systems: Solutions for a Growing World

12:45 – 2:15 p.m., Monday, 8/1, Grand Ballroom C

Moderator: Seung-Yeon Lee, PhD, SNEB Division of International Nutrition and Education

Speakers: Andrew Jones, PhD, University of Michigan Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health; Angie (Anchi) Mei, AICP, MLA, MCP, International Rescue Committee; Rishi Kumar, The Growing Home

Nutrition professionals play a role in finding solutions to provide food that is safe and nutritionally sound for the growing population. This session will begin with an overview on food systems and how it impacts public health nutrition at both a regional and global level. Participants will learn the nutritional challenges in feeding a growing population and the health, economic and environmental impacts of our current food system. Speakers will share their approaches used to address the challenges faced in our global food system. A group discussion will follow that allows the audience to interact and brainstorm solutions together.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the potential implications of food systems in low-income countries, especially agricultural biodiversity, on the quality of diets and the nutritional status of vulnerable populations
  • Learn about the economic and environmental impacts of our current food system and explore local and sustainable approaches used to address these impacts for the benefit of our health.
  • Understand the importance of urban farms and gardens as connection points for children to have access to healthy foods and environments.


Food Insecurity: Double Burden of Malnutrition

12:45 – 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, 8/2, Grand Ballroom C

Moderator: Kavitha Sankavaram, MS, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

Speakers: Daniel Remley, MSPH, PhD, Ohio State University Extension; Stacia Nordin, BS, RD, Never Ending Food; Paige Harrigan, MS, Save the Children; Kavitha Sankavaram, MS, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

Over 800-million people suffer from hunger and nearly two billion people from undernutrition/ underweight putting them at-risk for chronic diseases. This double-burden threatens the economies of countries due to increased healthcare costs associated with nutrition-related illnesses. To meet the challenge of providing nutrition guidance in a world where undernutrition and over nutrition co-exist, nutrition/healthcare professionals must understand the complex interplay of economic/social/environmental and behavioral factors that prevent people from consuming and fully benefiting from healthy diets. This session explores dual paradoxes of obesity/ undernutrition and hunger and strategies to improve national and international nutrition programs addressing all forms of malnutrition.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the dual paradoxes of food insecurity related to obesity and hunger and its connection to health and environmental sustainability.
  • Learn about the Rainbow of Colors Choice Food Pantry Model and how it might impact dietary quality and food insecurity.
  • Understand processes, research efforts and approaches used to improve national and international agriculture nutrition programs and policies and identify strategies to address all forms of malnutrition.


Day 70 – Flashback to Professional Skills Building

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May 222016

Originally recorded at SNEB Annual Conference 2015.

Professional Skills Building for Students and Young Educators and Researchers; Student Committee Meeting

Speakers: Patricia Brinkman, MA, BS; Lisa Barlage, MS, BS;Michelle Treber, MA, BS, LD; Cindy Shuster, MS, BA, Ohio State University Extension

 Professionalism is key when entering the job market and throughout one’s career. Learn how to play to your soft skills (e.g. personality trait and communication techniques), develop an effective elevator speech, and dress appropriately for a variety of occasions. The last 15 minutes of this session will be the Student Committee meeting. Help prepare for the 2015-16 year.

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Day 71 – Whaley House Museum

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May 212016

The Whaley house is one of southern California’s most popular visitor destinations. It has been open to the public since becoming a historic house museum 1960. It is so historic because it is the first two-story brick building in San Diego and served as a granary, courthouse, theater and general store.

The historic significance of the Whaley House is not the only reason it attracts a lot of attention. According to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, the house is the number one most haunted house in the United States. There are several documented accounts of visitors experiencing multiple ghosts. The website for the Whaley House Museum describes the different ghosts that have been documented and explain the background stories on them.

There are no reservations required to visit with a group of less than 12 people. Admission is $8. For more information, visit

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Day 72 – Flashback to Conversations with USDA

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May 202016

Originally recorded at SNEB Annual Conference 2015.

Conversations with USDA

Speakers: Deirdra Chester, PhD, RDN, IFSN, NIFA, USDA; Jane Clary Loveless, PhD, RN, MS, MCHES, IFSN, NIFA, USDA; Mallory M. Koenings, PhD, RDN, IFSN, NIFA, USDA; Moderator: Deirdra Chester, PhD, RDN, IFSN, NIFA, USDA

This session will provide an update on the USDA – AFRI competitive grants program as well as an overview of NIFAs other competitive grants programs. We will discuss the effect of the 2015 Farm Bill and 2016 Budget on Childhood Obesity Prevention Program and other AFRI programs. You will have a chance to express your viewpoint, reactions, and concerns as a stakeholder of the AFRI competitive grants program and provide feedback on current programs as well as your vision for future nutrition research, education, and extension programs.

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Day 73 – Weight Realities Division Activity at SNEB Annual Conference

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May 192016

Members of the SNEB Public Health Nutrition Division will be especially interested in this upcoming program.

Debate: Weight as a Measure of Health vs. Health at Every Size Concepts

2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Monday 8/1, Grand Ballroom AB

Speakers: Dr. Christopher D. Gardner, Director of Nutrition Studies at Stanford Prevention Research Center; Dr. Glenn A. Gaesser, Director, Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University

Speakers will:

  • Describe their work on obesity and the strategies that they have used, detailing the elements that they found most important including their results.
  • Provide evidence based examples that show the relationship between weight status and health in a number of ways including its relationship with chronic diseases.
  • As a way of bridging both perspectives, provide a brief aspect of what they think is positive in the Health at Every Size concept.

In the conclusion, they will deliver a clear recommendation of the next practice in fight against obesity and where we need to improve in our practice, measurements, and conclusions. It is imperative that the attendees get clear recommendations of what has worked and where we need to be going in our practice if we want to make a dent in fight against obesity and related chronic diseases.


Day 74 – Meet the Exhibitor: Organic Valley

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May 182016

Organic Valley is a farmer owned cooperative dedicated to setting and maintaining high organic standards. They are on a mission to change the way people think about food. The cooperative started when industrial farming moved into a region that was dedicated to land, economy, and health.

From a small cooperative in a region on the country, to interest growing country wide, Organic Valley is still expanding. After 27 years, Organic Valley is diligently focused on producing the highest quality organic dairy, vegetables, soy and eggs.

For more information, visit their website at

PS – Organic Valley is also an SNEB Organizational Member.




Day 75 – Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego

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May 172016

Gaslamp quarter is 16-blocks of fun and entertainment in San Diego’s historic downtown. It features over 100 restaurants, pubs, and retail shops and offers a wide range of interesting and contrasting architecture.

Horton Plaza is a popular destination in the Gaslamp Quarter. It is home to all things shopping. It has over 100 specialty stores and plenty of entertainment and dining options. Another destination is the Gaslamp Museum. It was built in 1850, is the oldest house in San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter. It is located in the Davis-Horton House and allows guests to take a self-guided tour through the Victorian Era of San Diego.

The Gaslamp Quarter is close to other attractions as well, just a trolley ride away from Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Whether you come to the Gaslamp Quarter for shopping or for history, it serves as a great location to explore San Diego.,_San_Diego


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