FoodPlay Productions is an Emmy Award-winning nutrition media company which tours the nation’s schools and special events using the power of live theater and interactive resources to turn kids on to healthy eating and active lifestyles. Founded in 1982 by Barbara Storper, MS, RDN, a leader in the field of children’s nutrition, FoodPlay’s shows, educational resources and media campaigns have earned a host of national awards, outstanding evaluations, and rave reviews for their innovation and effectiveness improving the nutrition and health habits of the nation’s youth.

FoodPlay‘s live theater show programs have reached over four million schoolchildren across the country and have been widely covered in the national media for their colorful approach making nutrition come alive for kids!

FoodPlay also works with public and private partners (school districts, corporations, foundations, and government agencies) to create regional and national tours, media campaigns, video/DVD kits, books, curricula, and educational materials to promote healthy habits in schools, homes, and communities.

FoodPlay Productions’ programs have been created under sponsorship by the US Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, and departments of public health and education throughout the country.

FoodPlay Productions is one of this year’s exhibitors at the SNEB Annual Conference. For more information on this exhibitor, visit:


4:15 – 5:15 p.m., Monday, 8/1, Grand Ballroom AB

Moderator: Natalie K. Cooke, PhD, North Carolina State University
Speaker: Natalie K. Cooke, PhD, North Carolina State University; Karla Shelnut, PhD, RD, University of Florida; Marissa Burgermaster, PhD, MAED, Columbia University Medical Center; Amanda Peterson, BS, RDN & Virginia Carraway-Stage, PhD, RDN, LDN East Carolina University

This conference session focuses on innovative, collaborative learning strategies for nutrition education.

Those teaching nutrition in higher education settings are often asked to produce scholarship while balancing a heavy teaching load. The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) session provides nutrition educators in higher education the opportunity to learn about research-based next practices that can be used to evaluate and improve student-learning outcomes, while producing research suitable for peer-reviewed publication.

The focus of this session is to share creative collaborative learning strategies being used in undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses across the nation with an emphasis on topics related to technology, writing, and critical thinking.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the concept of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
  • Participants will be able to discuss creative approaches to collaborative learning in undergraduate/graduate nutrition courses with an emphasis on topics related to technology, writing, and critical thinking.
  • Participants will be able to identify next practices that they may be interested in applying in their classrooms to improve student-learning outcomes.



Moderator: Alicia H White, MS, RD, Chief, Nutrition Education and Promotion Branch, Nutrition, Education, Training, and Technical Assistance Division

This session highlighting the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Patterns Final Rule will be presented on Monday, August 1 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. in Grand Ballroom AB.

The CACFP Meal Patterns Final Rule was released in April 2016 and represents the first major changes to meals and snacks since the Program’s inception in 1968. Under the new standards outlined in the rule, meals and snacks will include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat, and child care sites will also receive increased support for breastfeeding. These new standards will help safeguard the health of infants and children early in their lives and improve the wellness of adults.

USDA will provide an overview of the requirements of the final rule and best practices, showcase training and nutrition education resources to support implementation the new meal standards, and discuss the value that nutrition educators and nutrition education experts can bring to facilities and institutions participating in CACFP. Findings from USDA’s formative research study on nutrition, physical activity, and electronic media use in CACFP will also be highlighted to show the challenges that providers face in implementing guidelines as well as their technical assistance needs.



4:15 – 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, 8/2, Nautilus 5
Moderators: Deirdra N. Chester, PhD, RDN; Mallory M. Koenings, PhD, RDN, National Institute of Food and Agriculture United States Department of Agriculture Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition

Speakers: Janice Emerson, PhD, Tennessee State University; Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, PhD, RD, FAND, Rutgers University; Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD, University of Illinois; Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; Sheryl Hughes, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine; Deborah John, PhD, Oregon State University; Julie Lumeng, MD, University of Michigan; Jessica Meendering, PhD, EP-C, South Dakota State University

This session will provide highlights from the research portfolio of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grants program – Childhood Obesity Prevention.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate new knowledge of behavioral, social, cultural and/or environmental factors that influence childhood obesity.
  2. Describe the impacts of family, peer, community and/or school based interventions for preventing childhood obesity.

Listen to last year’s Highlights Session –



Join us for our annual business meeting in recognition of this year’s SNEB award winners for their excellence in and advancement of the profession. Celebrate the successes of SNEB over the past year and network with peers from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Sunday, July 31 in Grand Ballroom AB.

All conference attendees are welcome to attend.

This year’s award winners include: The Helen Denning Ullrich Award for Lifetime Excellence in Nutrition Education, Mid Career Achievement Award, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award presented by the Higher Education Division, and Program Impact and Research Awards. SNEB Foundation Scholarships and Higher Education Division Research Awards also presented. Come and celebrate with these members!

Here is the audio from last year’s meeting.



5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Sunday 7/31 Grand Ballroom C
Moderators: Mary Murimi, PhD, RD, Texas Tech University; Chris Taylor, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, Ohio State University; Samantha Ramsay, PhD, RDN, LD, University of Idaho

Presenters on the video: Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford; Dr Tara Garnett, Principal Investigator, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food; Professor Mike Rayner, Principal Investigator, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and Professor of Population Health, University of Oxford

What better way to expand your thinking than through group discussion after watching select video segments about food choice behaviors and our nation’s health! Learn from each other as moderators pose thought stimulating questions and foster intriguing dialogue among attendees. This unique session will both challenge and stimulate your thinking in nutrition education.

Non-fat, low-fat, saturated fat, trans fats, healthy fats – in an era where we seem to be constantly bombarded with often conflicting messages about our diets, is all this information actually making us any healthier? How can we cut through media hysteria and make wise choices about the food we eat, and what impact do our consumption habits have, not just on our own health but that of the planet?

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Join us for a session on understanding the implications of national menu labeling policy on Monday, August 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Grand Ballroom AB. This is the SNEB Advisory Committee on Public Policy Plenary Session.

Speakers: Margo Wootan, D.Sc., Center for Science in the Public Interest; Megan Mueller, MPH, Tufts University; Pam Smith, RD; Missy S. Nelson, RD, Taco Bell

This session will highlight how new national menu labeling requirements will affect nutrition information available in various settings. Speakers will discuss the implementation process across settings, the importance of this national public health policy and why nutrition education is a key variable in this policy’s ultimate success in driving healthier habits. Community and private sector initiatives will be shared, in addition to research around purchasing behavior and habits.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand implications of national menu labeling policy and critical role that nutrition education in its overall success
  • Gain knowledge of Childhood Obesity 180 menu labeling initiative
  • Learn how a leading food company has implemented menu labeling in a chain restaurant




Farmer’s Bottega is a country-chic farm-to-table restaurant and bar in San Diego, CA.

The restaurant dishes up Italian-American cuisine on a secluded, pet-friendly patio. Farmer’s Bottega partners with local farms to source only the best ingredients for their customers. This hidden gem offers a great atmosphere and a comforting combination of food made with fresh fruits and vegetables paired with excellent wine from expert vineries.

Visit Farmer’s Bottega while in San Diego for our Annual Conference:

860 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 458-9929


More than 99% of the walnuts in U.S. are grown in the fertile soils of California’s Central Valley. Internationally, California walnuts supply three-quarters of the world’s walnut trade.

Here you can learn more about this truly American success story: the rich history of the ‘Royal’ nut; the journey from the orchard to your table; and the wealth of health benefits that have been discovered through two decades of health research.


Wake for the Walk…Rise for the Run…
For Health, For Fun!! Fun Run benefitting the SNEB Foundation
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. | $10 registration includes t-shirt with registration before July 1
Milestone Running will be leading our 5k route for running or walking.

Register when you register for conference!

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