Special thanks to Christina Kalafsky, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern, for this post. (Originally posted to SNEB Communications Division blog – communicate nutrition

This task management tool is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether working on projects, planning a conference trip or remembering to pick up something from the grocery store, this app can help you stay organized both  in your professional and personal life.

Wunderlist stands out among the endless productivity and task management apps.

  • Wunderlist can be accessed virtually anywhere! This app automatically syncs across your desktop, smartphone, and tablet.
  • Wunderlist was named Apple’s “2013 App of the Year” and has over 6 million users.
  • Wunderlist is so simple to use and it’s free!

To use Wunderlist, you first start by making your specific lists. You can have a list dedicated to strictly internship-related tasks, another list exclusively for personal tasks, and a separate list for managing your nutrition blog. Once you’ve created your lists, you fill them up with related to-dos. Simply click on a list and start typing the name of the task into the input field at the top. When you’re done, just press Enter and the new item is added to your list.

You can also add additional details to each task within a list. Just double-click on the task and Wunderlist gives you the ability to add a due-date, set a reminder, add sub-tasks, and attach files to the task. You can then prioritize the to-dos within a list by dragging them into the order that you want or you can let Wunderlist alphabetize them by name or sort your tasks by due-date. You can also share lists with your coworkers or with clients in order to collaborate. Once you have completed a task, simply click on the checkbox next to its name and the task will get crossed off and dim in appearance. This task will then move to the “Completed Items” list.

You can upgrade Wunderlist to the Pro version for $4.99/month or $49.99/year. This package allows you to add comments to individual tasks, assign tasks to other people, and create unlimited sub-tasks.

Wunderlist is a great way for dietetic interns, RDs, and other nutrition professionals to get things done and stay organized!


Submissions for the 2014 SNEB Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI June 28 – July 1 will begin November 1, 2013.
Abstracts must be no more than 250 words and must follow the specific guidelines based on the type of abstract: Research or Program.
Click for additional information about the two types of abstract accepted. Guidelines for writing your abstract is also online.

Presentation Formats
Research papers centered on common topics will be selected for group oral presentation, each about 10 minutes. Oral format is only available to research abstracts and only to submissions made by January 20, 2014 deadline.
Poster presentations allow presenters to discuss their program or research with interested colleagues in an informal setting. All submissions between January 21 and late breaking deadline of February 28 will be considered for poster presentations.

Submission Process
Use the online submission form to submit your abstract by January 20, 2014. A $25 fee will be charged for each abstract submission. The online form will be available on November 1, 2013.
All abstracts will be blinded and then peer reviewed according to specific criteria. More information about the review criteria is online. Authors will receive feedback based on a standardized evaluation form if their submission is rejected. Rejected submissions may submit before the late breaking deadline of February 28, 2014.

Submission Deadlines
Regular Abstracts: These must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on January 20, 2014.
Authors may pay online via credit card or mail a check for $25, payable to SNEB, with the full name of the lead author and abstract submission number (as noted in your e-mail submission confirmation) clearly noted on the check.

Late Breaking Abstracts:
The purpose of late breaking abstracts is to accommodate abstracts with results not available before the regular submission deadline. Research or program abstracts that are submitted without results as late breaking abstracts will not be accepted. Abstracts submitted between January 21 at 12:01 AM EST and February 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST will be considered late breaking. Late breaking abstracts must follow the same submission guidelines as for regular abstracts.

Additional Notes:
Authors may pay online via credit card or mail a check for $50, payable to SNEB, with the full name of the lead author and abstract submission number (as noted in your e-mail submission confirmation) clearly noted on the check.

Accepted presenters (both oral and poster presenters) must register for the annual meeting and are responsible for all registration and personal expenses related to the meeting.
All accepted abstracts will be published as submitted in a supplemental issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.


Posted by Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, on September 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The last few years have seen significant improvements to the health of the school environment.  Schools across the country are increasing their efforts to prevent childhood obesity by serving healthier school meals providing more time for physical activity, and helping kids learn about proper nutrition.  It’s clear that the new, healthier school meals implemented last year are working and having a positive impact on the health of our next generation.

We recently surveyed states and schools across the country, and the vast majority of schools—80 percent—have already reported that they are meeting the updated meal standards successfully, with some states reporting 100% of schools completely transitioned to the new standards.  We expect the remaining schools to “make it official” soon, too.  In fact, a study just released by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project found that 94 percent of U.S. school districts expect to meet the updated nutrition standards for lunches by the end of this school year.

Our own survey shows that a very small percentage—only 0.15 percent of schools—have cited difficulty complying with the new standards as a reason for leaving the program. While we encourage the very few eligible school districts that have chosen not to participate in the school meals program to take steps to ensure all children will still have access to healthy, affordable meals during the school day, it is clear that the vast majority of schools and parents think that the new meals are working.

Even before the additional resources provided under the new standards were available, many schools were already leading the way in providing healthier options and appropriate portion sizes to kids. Positive stories are rolling in from across the country. I have even heard from a number of schools that adopted the changes early on that participation has actually increased as students and parents became accustomed to the healthier options.

And USDA has just released additional evidence that shows that more than half of public schools in 2005 were already meeting the new standard for fruit (60 percent) and many more were meeting the new daily standard for total vegetables (88 percent). The researchers also found that when kids were offered greater quantities of fruits and vegetables at lunch, they ate more of those healthy foods.

It’s important to remember that some schools weren’t as close to meeting the new standards, and they may need a little more time for their students to fully embrace the new meals. That’s why it’s such a priority for us to continue to provide flexibility and help to schools as they work toward full implementation.  Some of our aid to schools includes technical assistance, school equipment assistance grants, and an additional six cents reimbursement for each lunch that meets the new standards.

Better child nutrition through improved school meals is one of the most important investments we can make in America’s future. A recent study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that efforts to establish healthy habits at an early age are working: kids ages 11 to 16 are eating more fruits and vegetables and consuming less sugar, getting more physical activity, and starting their days with a healthy breakfast. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that the rate of obesity among low-income children appears to be declining, dropping for the first time in decades in some states. Yet childhood obesity rates still remain higher than we’d like, which we know can significantly impact children’s ability to learn, grow and reach their full potential. It’s clear that a healthier breakfast and lunch at school can make a positive difference in children’s diets and habits—making the efforts of parents, teachers, school nutrition professionals and communities to implement the new standards well worth the effort.


Listening Session on National Nutrition Education Standards
Monday, August 12 | 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Speakers: Karla Shelnutt, PhD, RD, University of Florida; Karen Chapman-Novakofski, PhD, RD, LD, University of Illinois; Helen Chipman, PhD, RD, USDA NIFA; Marilyn Townsend, PhD, RD, University of California-Davis

This session will provide participants with an overview of the National Nutrition Education and Activity Standards USDA/FNS funded IOM March 2013 Washington D.C. workshop discussions. The panel will discuss the merits and potential uses for a set of National Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Standards for K-12. Panelist include several SNEB members who are on the IOM planning committee and workshop agenda including Dr. Karla Shelnutt, Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski, Dr. Marilyn Townsend, and Dr. Helen Chipman. Discussion topics will include a summary of the Washington D.C. IOM workshop, examples from associated programs, and potential future developments on National Nutrition Education and Activity Standards.

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are your thoughts regarding National Nutrition Education Standards?
  2. What are the most important skills, tools and knowledge for children to learn to support healthful diets?
  3. How adequate are the current nutrition education related materials available to teachers in the K-12 setting in addressing these areas?
  4. Do teachers and administrators have the adequate training necessary to provide classroom instruction in the areas of nutrition education and/or nutrition education integration into core-curriculum courses?
  5. What models, benchmarks, or promising practices should be used in developing the standards?
  6. What challenges could impact development and implementation of national nutrition education standards?
  7. What forces or barriers should be considered in developing these standards?
  8. How do age, gender, culture, community and ethnicity need to be factored into the standards?
  9. How will the standards be used?
  10. Who will be a champion for the development and use of the standards?
  11. What are the potential positive outcomes resulting from the implementation of nutrition education standards in core-curriculum courses?

SNEB invites you to submit a proposal to host an SNEB Link and Learn session at the 2013 Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, August 9-12, 2013.

SNEB is excited to offer a new feature at the 2013 SNEB Annual Conference, SNEB Link and Learn.  These are informal, casual gatherings held with the purpose of meeting people with similar interests who are attending the conference.

By organizing a Link and Learn session you can find someone to share a meal or coffee with, join you on a run or talk about areas of research or interest. The options are endless! – The topic and/or activity is entirely up to you. There is no charge to host or attend a session and no registration.

Prior to the conference we’ll list all of the Link and Learn sessions on the SNEB website.  The link will include your contact information for RSVPs so you’ll know, in advance, who is planning to attend. Onsite, these sessions will be included in the conference program and identified with signage.

Submission Process
Please submit your Link and Learn proposal by May 15 to Include:

  1. Your name, title, organization, email address and phone number where you can be reached during the conference.
  2. Title and description of the activity you are proposing (about 35 words)
  3. Your two preferred times from the list below:
    • Friday, August 9
      • 7 – 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 10
      • 7 – 8:00 a.m.
      • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 11
      • 12 – 1 p.m.
      • 6 – 7 p.m.
    • Monday, August 12
      • 7 – 8 a.m.
      • 8 – 9 a.m.
      • 5 – 6 p.m.

We will confirm your time and date by June 15. Thanks for being a part of this new networking effort at the 2013 Annual Conference.


Villanova University’s College of Nursing and the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) are very pleased to announce that this webinar is being co-provided with the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) and with the Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (NEHP) Dietetic Practice Group.

This session explores simulation learning as an innovative method to promote advancement of skills among practitioners in the areas of assessment, education and counseling of obese clients.  Case studies and simulation activities help to evaluate program proficiencies and identify inadequacies linked to counseling skills. Lessons learned from a pilot for nursing and dietetic students at Villanova University College of Nursing will also be discussed.


Marcia Costello, PhD, RD, LDN has been a faculty member with the College of Nursing of Villanova University for the past 28 years.  An Assistant Professor, she currently teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing program and is a doctoral student dissertation advisor.

Denice Ferko-Adams, MPH, RD, LDN is the Director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education for two years.  She brings over 20 years of experience as president of Wellness Press, a worksite wellness consultant.   Ferko-Adams has worked as adjunct faculty for Marywood University’s dietetic program and for Alvernia University’s nursing program.  A member of NEHP, she has held many leadership roles including president of the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association and delegate for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Title:            Spring into Active Learning – Use Simulation to Develop Counseling Skills
Date:            Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Time:           12:00PM – 1:00PM EST
CE Credit:  1.0 contact hour, 1.0 CEP, 1.0 CEC (see details below)
Fee:             $10
(due to the unique nature of this collaboration, SNEB are being charged $10 and the session recording will not be archived.)

Upon completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Cite evidence-base weight management theory to practice and current research.
  • Describe how simulation and debriefing can be used in a curriculum, e.g. to achieve obesity sensitivity.
  • Use case studies and simulation activities to describe how to measure the learner’s proficiencies or inadequacies linked to counseling skills.

Reserve your webinar seat now at:

Visit to join our Contact or to become a COPE Sponsor.  A non-profit center, COPE is based in the College of Nursing at Villanova University.  COPE supports and develops educational programs for health professionals, educators, worksites and the public.

Details on CE Credits
To receive a CE certificate, you must individually register online for each webinar, attend the full program and complete an online evaluation.

Villanova University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commision on Accreditation.

Villanova University College of Nursing / Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (VN001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Learning Need Code 6000, 3000, 1040 and Level 2.


By Jennifer Vargas, UMCP Dietetic InternOriginally published at Communicate Nutrition, the blog of the SNEB Communications Division

Have you ever looked at your pictures and wondered if you could make them really speak to your clients??  If you have, Fotobabble is here to save the day!  Fotobabble is a speech recording program that allows you to “speak” a caption.  With Fotobabble, you can use any picture, whether it is one from your own camera or one you have the rights to use, and record a message that can be heard by anyone who views this new, enhanced Fotobabble-d photo.  The type of information provided may depend on the nature of the photos, and can include anything from nutrition guidelines to recipes.  These “fotobabbles” can then be included in blogs or on clinic websites as additional sources of information.

This tool can be very beneficial for the dietetics community, allowing us to reach a broader audience.  In fact, the audience that may benefit the most is a lower-literacy population.  We give many types of print information to our clients, but what good is it if a person can’t understand it?

For example, Fotobabble could be used to post a step-by-step recipe on a clinic website for use with clients.  Clients could visit this website at home or on a smart phone and carry out the steps of the recipe in real-time.  This is great especially for lower-literacy clients who may find the steps to a recipe overwhelming if they are all listed together.  Separating the steps makes following a recipe much more manageable and less intimidating.   An example of following a recipe using Fotobabble is included at the end of this post.

Fotobabble makes it easy to get started and set up an account.  All their tools are hosted right on their website.  And it’s free!  What could be better than that?  Just go to and follow their instructions to sign up.  So have fun and happy “babbling!”

Picture 1 (Ingredients)

Picture 2 (tortilla cut into ¼’s):

Picture 3 (uncooked and on baking sheet):

Picture 4 (Baked tortillas):

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Thank you so much to Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN,  of Toby Amidor Nutrition  for a great webinar on Food and Nutrition Blogging 101. SNEB members, if you did not have a chance to attend the session live the recording is now online in the Member Center.

During the registration process we asked attendees to list their own blogs and you can find this list along the left hand side of this page. Check out blogs from around the country and I’m sure you’ll find some great ideas. And as Toby suggested, lets support each other’s blogging efforts by commenting and forwarding!


Special thanks to Margery Swan, Dietetic Intern at the University of Maryland, for the following blog post! Originally published at Communicate Nutrition, the blog of the SNEB Communications Division

Mendeley offers professionals a free, new way to organize and store research articles. Mendeley works by creating a desktop and online research library for users, where they can save and organize important articles.  Mendeley also allows users to add notes, highlights, and tags to individual articles and will automatically cite information in various formats.

Another great feature of Mendeley is that it is user-friendly.  Although it may take time to explore and understand all the features Mendeley has to offer, listed below are the three basic steps to Mendeley success.

1)      Install the web importer:

After creating an account with Mendeley, install the web importer.  The importer will appear as a bookmark on your web browser, and can be clicked on whenever you come across a journal or magazine article to save.  The importer will automatically collect all the important information from the article (title, author, journal, URL, etc.) and save it directly into your Mendeley library.  The importer will also download PDF files to your library or save the article as a snapshot that can be viewed online at any time.

2) Organize your articles:

Once the information is sent to your library, you can then organize it by creating new folders and categorizing different articles.  Within your library, you have the option to add notes, highlights, and share articles with colleagues or clients.

3) Cite articles:

Mendeley can generate citations for articles in a variety of styles, including that used by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.  In addition, you can download a plug-in for Microsoft Word, which will enable you to directly import citations into your Word document.

Due to the many useful features available from Mendeley, it is becoming an increasingly popular tool among professionals and currently has over two million users.  For dietitians specifically, Mendeley can provide a space to store and organize articles about various nutrition related topics.  Having access to a personalized library has the potential to save time for dietitians in every field.  For example, Mendeley is not only helpful when performing a literature review, but also when referencing an article or looking up information for clients or patients.

Let’s face it, as dietitians, we love to save time – and what better way than to organize your favorite research articles in an easy to understand and convenient library?  Try it out at today!


The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior and the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior present a 10-week series of webinars scheduled each Monday at 1 p.m ET. This first series will focus on childhood obesity research.

The first session is January 28 at 1 p.m. ET with speakers Lorrene Davis Ritchie, PhD, RD and Jessica Soldavini, MPH discussing “Nutrition Claims Influence Health Perceptions and Taste Preferences in Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Children.”

Objective: To determine whether children perceive food with nutrition claims as healthier and tasting differently than those without claims.

Methods: Fourth- and fifth-graders (n = 47) from 3 California schools participated. Two identical products (cookies, crackers, or juice) were placed in front of product packages, 1 with a nutrition claim, the other without. Each child was asked which product was healthier and which tasted better.

Results: The percentage of children who identified the reduced-fat cookie, whole-grain cracker, or 100% juice as healthier was 81%, 83% and 81%, respectively. The taste of the “healthier” product (ie, with nutrition claim) was preferred by 72%, 67%, and 54%, respectively.

Conclusions and Implications: A convenience sample of children perceived products with a nutrition claim as healthier and identified the “healthier” cookies and crackers as tasting better. Future research should examine whether food labeling can be used to encourage children to consume healthier diets.

SNEB Members attend webinars free as a benefit of membership. Cost to attend as a non-member is $25. If you are not an SNEB member you will receive an email with payment instructions after registering. Register to attend at


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