Day 32 – Getting around Pittsburgh for free!

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Jun 232015

Let’s take the T!

The extended light rail line from Downtown Pittsburgh to the North Shore opened in March 2012, and the T’s Free Fare Zone has been extended to the North Side Station at West General Robinson Street Garage (courtesy of the Stadium Authority and Alco Parking) and Allegheny Station (thanks to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Rivers Casino). Remember that the SNEB Conference hotel, the Wyndham Grand, is near Point State Park.

Here is a map to download – look for:

  • Green Ts for free Trolley Stop
  • Orange line for walking trails
  • Red enclosed area is a free fare bus zone


Day 33 – SNEB Talks Line Up

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Jun 222015

Sunday evening, July 26 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. will be a fast-paced celebration of innovation and creativity in nutrition education.

Scheduled to present are:

  • Fred Shaykis, research associate for The Food Trust in Philadelphia, discussing “Mindful Eating”
  • Lora Beth Brown, professor at Brigham Young University, on “Helping students distinguish NUTRITION SCIENCE from nutrition science FICTION.”
  • Mary Beth Anderson, national consultant and presenter for Learning ZoneXpress, leads you through a round of “Chair Activity Bingo.”
  • Jesse Sharrard, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, demonstrates “Tips and tricks to make healthy foods easier and more fun to prepare, and tastier to eat.”

New this year, Barbara Storper of FOODPLAY is offering a $250 prize to the presentation judged the “Best of SNEB Talks.” Plan to attend this session and vote for your favorite! Thanks Barbara!

Day 34 – Meet the Exhibitor Maryland University

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Jun 212015

Maryland University of Integrative Health is an accredited graduate school with an academic and clinical focus on health and wellness. For 40 years, it has educated practitioners through transformative programs that draw from traditional wisdom and contemporary science. MUIH and its graduates are part of the movement toward wellness and advocates of whole-person, relationship-centered healthcare.

MUIH offers graduate degrees in:

  • Nutrition & Integrative Health
  • Health & Wellness Coaching
  • Health Promotion
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Online, campus, and weekend options are available.

Resources for nutrition educators:

MUIH recently launched a doctorate in clinical nutrition. Information about that program and all of MUIH’s nutrition programs can be found here:

The university regularly offers free educational webinars provided by our faculty and graduate students on a variety of topics related to integrative health and functional nutrition. For a list of upcoming events, click here:

Contact Information:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Maryland University of Integrative Health
410-888-9048 ext. 6647

Day 35 – New to SNEB Conference? Watch a short orientation

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Jun 202015

SNEB Annual Conference 101

(recorded June 12, 2015)

Overwhelmed with all the action at the SNEB Annual Conference and want to be prepared to have a great experience? SNEB Annual Conference 101 can help!

Topics will include:
o Questions about the schedule
o Link & Learn Sessions
o Exhibit game
o Town Hall question card
o Online schedule
o Nutrition Breaks
o Divisions and Division Meetings
o Abstracts and Programs
o Posters and other material online

Download slides


Day 36 – Meet the Exhibitor FDA/CFSAN

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Jun 192015


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition promotes and protects the public’s health and economic interests by ensuring that food is safe, nutritious, wholesome and honestly, accurately and informatively labeled.



Jennifer L. Hemphill, Policy Analyst

240-402-1907 (p)

301-436-2605 (f)

Day 37 – More rooms at Omni William Penn

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Jun 182015

We have reserved additional rooms for SNEB conference attendees.

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
$169 per night
Use link or call 1-800-THE-OMNI and request the group “Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior”
The Omni is located directly across from the Trolley at Steel Plaza which will provide members a free 10-minute ride to the Wyndham. It is also a 12 minute walk.

Day 38 – SNEB hosts workshop for leadership

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Jun 172015

Prior to the start of the conference, more than 60 SNEB board members, division leaders, and committee members will participate in a leadership workshop titled “Thinking Skills for Driving Innovation” conducted by de Bono Consulting.

Agenda includes:

  • Thinking about ‘Thinking’
  • de Bono Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking Tools Overview
  • The Role of Leaders in Establishing a Culture of Innovative Thinking
  • Applying Innovative Thinking Skills for Impact and Professional Success

 This 90 minute overview of the de Bono Thinking Systems tools and approach offers conference participants the opportunity to explore how managing the thinking process can improve their effectiveness as leaders, provide a method to increase engagement and contribution, and support innovative thinking in a constructive and inclusive manner. Participants will experience a simple, yet powerful innovative thinking tool which can be applied immediately on return to the workplace.



Day 39 – Interested in the FNEE Division?

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Jun 162015

Members of the SNEB Food & Nutrition Extension Education (FNEE) Division will be especially interested in these upcoming programs during the 2015 Annual Conference, July 23 – 25 in Pittsburgh, PA | Conference Details

Division Business Meeting: Sunday, July 27 from 6 – 7 p.m. in Benedum room

Food and Nutrition Extension Education (FNEE) Pre-Conference Workshop:
The Gluten-Free Craze & Sodium-Potassium-Blood Pressure Controversy

Saturday, July 25 | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Reservation required
Breakfast and lunch provided | 7 CEU
Members                 $85
Non-Members        $100

Speakers: Julie Miller Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, Distinguished Scholar, Professor Emeritus of Food & Nutrition, Dept of Family, Consumer & Nutritional Sciences, St. Catherine University; David McCarron, MD, FACP, University of California, Davis and Connie Weaver, PhD, Purdue University; Moderators: Karen Ensle, Past Chair, FNEE; Karen Barale, RD, CD, FADA, Incoming FNEE Chair; Lynda Zimmerman, Chair Elect, FNEE; Eunice Bonsi, Chair, FNEE

Firstly, gluten sensitivity and Celiac Disease have been increasing in prevalence over the past 20 years. Numerous celebrities, talk show hosts, athletes and authors have touted the benefits of a gluten-free diet for the non-Celiac population.

Educators, practitioners and consumers need to understand the scientific and medical backgrounds behind gluten sensitivity, allergy, and Celiac Disease so they can advise students, patients, clients and the public. Dr. Jones will address consumer understanding of gluten issues and role that nutrition educators can play to educate consumers about this important issue.

Secondly, policies aimed at reducing sodium in the food supply assume that sodium intake will be reduced, consequently mitigating risk of hypertension and mortality from cardiovascular disease.  These assumptions are being challenged by recent studies that demonstrate sodium intake is controlled by physiology, and not by policy. Conversely, strong evidence that potassium plays a key role in maintaining healthy blood pressure has largely been ignored.

Dr. David McCarron will discuss the recent science that challenges the policies on sodium reduction and Dr. Connie Weaver will summarize the science supporting the potassium-blood pressure link. She will also present new research on potassium bioavailability from potatoes.

This session will conclude with an interactive dialogue by workshop attendees with these experts, chaired by a recognized FNEE leader, on the relevance of this research to practice and extension’s target groups.
Workshop attendees will understand this red hot topic by presentations from experts who will provide the following:
(1) scientific and medical backgrounds behind gluten sensitivity, allergy, and Celiac Disease;
(2) a summary of recent science that challenges the policies on sodium reduction for mitigating risk of hypertension; and
(3) an overview of the strong evidence on the role potassium plays in maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

This session sponsored by the Alliance for Potato Research and the Wheat Foods Council


Day 40 – Meet an Exhibitor Fresh Baby

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Jun 152015

Fresh Baby is a National Strategic Partner with the USDA, their nutrition education products and publications offer easy solutions and support to all families and programs. For more than 12 years, Fresh Baby has helped parents foster their children’s healthy eating habits and proactively respond to the childhood obesity epidemic that plagues our nation.

Any special offers for conference attendees – Be sure to stop by booth #20 to check out the NEW Fresh Baby products! Fresh Baby will be offering a giveaway of $100 worth of product! In addition, sign up at their booth to receive a special 10% off discount that is emailed after the conference and for case quantities only. For their entire line of nutrition products visit or request a quote today by clicking here.

Resources/links for nutrition educators –Fresh Baby offers valuable resources for parents, WIC and Public Health Programs, Head Start programs, day cares, preschools and community agencies, Nation Wide. Get our free eBooks and downloadable tips sheets by clicking here or visit our extensive healthy recipe data base for all ages.

Contact information – For more information about Fresh Baby and how they can help support your nutrition education program email or call 1-866-403-7374. Fresh Baby offers customization of products to integrate your messaging and information. Ask us today how for examples or learn more by clicking here!


Day 41 – Early Bird Registration ends Monday evening but…

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Jun 152015

Even though the early bird discount ends Monday evening, June 15, registration continues for the SNEB 2015 Annual Conference. Online registrations will be accepted through Wednesday, July 15. To register after July 15, simply print the registration form and bring it with you to conference. There is no penalty for registering onsite. If you have any questions please contact the office at

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