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



The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) announces the 2012 Best Article and Best Great Educational Material (GEM) awards at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) annual conference, “Nutrition Education: Energy from Synergy,” in Washington DC, July 14-17.  These annual awards recognize the authors of the best article and best GEM, published each year in JNEB, as judged by members of the JNEB Journal Committee and Board of Editors.  All authors received a plaque and the lead authors receive a monetary award.

The Best Article Award was awarded to authors Hayden Stewart, PhD; Jeffrey Hyman, BA; Elizabeth Frazao, PhD; Jean C. Buzby, PhD; and Andrea Carlson, PhD, for their article, “Can Low-income Americans Afford to Satisfy MyPyramid Fruit and Vegetable Guidelines?,” published in the May/June 2011 issue of JNEB. The best article was selected from 79 published articles, briefs, and reports.  Dr. Stewart will presented results of the Best Article at the George M. Briggs Nutrition Science Symposium on Monday, July 14th.  Click to view his notes.

Best article authors Jeffrey Hyman, BA and Hayden Stewart, PhD

The Best GEM award was presented to Desiree Backman, DrPH, MS, RD; Jacqueline Cheung, MBA; Dona Francis, MPH; Sharon Sugerman, MS, RD, FADA; and Curtis Granger, BS, for “Catering Trucks in California Promote Healthful Eating in Low-Wage Worksites,” published in the July/August 2011 Network for a Healthy California supplement issue of JNEB.  GEM’s are resources developed to educate on certain topics or distribute programs to help in the nutrition education field.  The best GEM was selected from 17 published GEMs.

Interviews with best article author Hayden Stewart and best GEM author Desiree Backman are available online as iTunes podcasts at


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A study reveals that you don’t have to

Going out to eat has become a major part of our culture.  Frequently eating out and consuming high-calorie foods in large portions at restaurants can contribute to excess calorie intake and weight gain.  However, a study in the January/February 2012 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior demonstrates that individuals can eat out and still lose weight.

Investigators from The University of Texas at Austin enrolled 35 healthy, perimenopausal women aged 40 to 59 years who eat out frequently.  Participants took part in a 6-week program called Mindful Restaurant Eating, a weight-gain prevention intervention that helps develop the skills needed to reduce caloric and fat intake when eating out.  The focus of the program was on preventing weight gain in this population, not weight loss.  It is important to prevent weight gain in this population as increasing abdominal waist circumference from weight gain is greater during the perimenopausal years, which in turn increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Even though the focus was on weight maintenance, the researchers found that participants in the intervention group lost significantly more weight, had lower average daily caloric and fat intake, had increased diet related self-efficacy, and had fewer barriers to weight management when eating out.

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