SNEB Annual Conference
Programs

Saturday, July 25

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Saturday
July 25

8 am -
3 pm

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

Speakers:
Julie Miller Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, Distinguished Scholar, Professor Emeritus of Food & Nutrition, Dept of Family, Consumer & Nutritional Sciences, St. Catherine University; Robert P. Heaney, MD, Creighton University and Connie Weaver, PhD, Purdue University

Kings 4 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. Robert P. Heaney 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



Saturday
July 25

8 am -
3 pm

JNEB Pre-conference Workshop: Introduction to Qualitative Methods
(Level 1 Training)

  • Reservation required | Breakfast and lunch provided | 7 CEU
  • SNEB Members $60 | Students $50 | Non-Members $75
Speakers:
Suzie Goodell, PhD, RD, North Carolina State University; Virginia Carraway-Stage, PhD, RD, East Carolina University; Natalie Cooke, PhD, North Carolina State University; Amanda Peterson, BS, East Carolina University
 
Kings 1 Through a series of interactive lessons and practice sessions, participants will receive introductory training in conducting qualitative research. Participants will learn how to create sound qualitative research questions; design rigorous qualitative study protocols to increase the trustworthiness of data; develop semi-structured interview or moderator guides; compare and contrast different qualitative methods and data collection techniques; develop codes and codebooks; and explain the development of themes and theoretical models from qualitative data.
Organized by the Higher Education Division and funded by Elsevier, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University

Saturday
July 25

9 am -
3 pm

Creating a Sustainable Campus: Guided Tour through Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus

  • Reservation required | Breakfast and lunch provided | 6 CEU
  • $40
    Speakers: Mim Seidel, MS, RD; Peter Walker, PhD; Allen Matthews, MA;
    Nadine Lehrer, PhD, Chatham University

Offsite Tour

View the organic garden, greenhouse, hoop house and high tunnel and recognize the policies and practices required to develop and maintain these components of a local and sustainable foods system within the confines of a university campus. View the field lab, other buildings and open spaces designed using the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design and innovation. Identify the system derived principles required to create and maintain a university campus committed to sustainable practices and related pedagogy. Discuss how the organic garden and other campus-wide facilities and initiatives promote student, faculty, and community opportunities for experiential learning and exploration.

Saturday, July 25

5:30 -
7:30 pm

Annual Conference Opening Reception

Ballrooms 2/4

Hors d’oeuvres served

Network with your nutrition education colleagues while browsing through the exhibit hall. There will be a chance for Mentors and Mentees to meet and get acquainted along with displays by each of the SNEB Divisions.

Also, this year’s opening reception features the first SNEB Parade of Nations recognizing diversity of cultures present at the conference. Attendees are encouraged to indicate during registration if they would like to participate by joining the parade in the traditional dress of a country of your choosing.

Saturday, July 25

7:30 -
8:30 pm

Student and Young Professional Speed Networking

Kings 1
Join your fellow students and young professionals for a speed networking event! Connect and network with leaders in nutrition education in your field of interest based on SNEB’s Divisions. This fast-paced event is structured so you’ll be introduced to a dozen professionals. Indicate your interest in attending - as a student or professional - during registration.

 

Sunday, July 26

Sunday
July 26

7 - 8 am

A Taste of Yoga, Massage, and Energy Work

Facilitator:
Diane Dembicki, PhD Nutrition, Licensed Massage Therapist, certified Yoga Teacher, and Reiki Master
Benedum A sampler for all body types and fitness levels to do some gentle stretching, guided relaxation and meditation, a little healing touch, and finishing with energizing, for body, mind, and spirit, for a wonderful send off to happily continue your day. Yoga mats are preferable if you have one; towels from the hotel are fine otherwise.
Sunday
July 26

8 -
9:45 am

1.5 CEU

Keynote Address
Creativity and Innovation in Nutrition Education:
Make It Real


Speaker:
Christine A Johnston, Ed.D., Originator and Lead Researcher, Let Me Learn, Inc; Professor Emerita, Rowan University
Ballroom 1 Christine Johnston has an abiding passion for helping people understand themselves as learners and use that understanding to improve their lives and their relationships with others. Christine’s professional life as teacher, school administrator, trainer-consultant, and professor has included serving as a program officer in the State of Illinois Department of Local Government Affairs, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Learning at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, and founding member of the Compass Academy Charter School, an LML lab school and lighthouse district.

She is the originator of the Let Me Learn Process®, an Advanced Learning System. Her work spans four decades and several continents, including working with K-12 districts and public and private universities across the United States, the United Kingdom, Central Europe, the Mediterranean Rim, and Australia. She has also consulted with corporate leaders, trained individuals returning to the workforce, and counseled learners in all types of educational settings. She has authored and coauthored eight books on learning, communication, and the Let Me Learn Process®, as well as written numerous articles and invited chapters.

Participants will understand the significance of the brain-mind connection to learning
Participants will understand the role of Learning Processes to changing behavior
Participants will observe and hear examples of how nutritional innovation and learning connect.

Session attendees are encouraged to take the Learning Connections Inventory in advance of conference. Details will be sent to registered attendees.
Sunday
July 26

9:45 -
10 am

JNEB Best Article and Best GEM

Ballroom 1 These annual awards recognize authors of the article and Great Educational Materials (GEM) voted “best” by members of the Board of Editors for articles published each year in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Sunday
July 26

2 -
3:30 pm

George M. Briggs Nutrition Science Symposium: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee presents Scientific and Advisory Report

1.5 CEU


Ballroom 1

Speakers: Barbara Millen, DrPH, RD, Millennium Prevention, Inc; Marian Neuhouser, PhD, RD, Fred Hutchinson, Cancer Research Center; Moderator: LeeAnn Mandrillo, MPA, LMC Solutions

The George M. Briggs Nutrition Science symposium will examine and discuss new scientific evidence that may inform revisions to the current dietary guidance or suggest new guidance. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines form the basis of Federal nutrition policy and programs and in providing a critical framework for local, state, and national health promotion and disease prevention strategies. Likewise the science of the Dietary Guidelines are important in shaping policies, standards, and initiatives across the public and private sectors, including public health and health care, education, business, and the food industry and retailers.

Sponsored by the SNEB Foundation
Sunday
July 26

4 -
5:30 pm

1.5 CEU

Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk: Understanding and Engaging Teachers in Nutrition Education


Speakers:
Isobel Contento, PhD, CDN, Teachers College Columbia University; Pamela Koch, EdD, RD,  Teachers College Columbia University; Marissa Burgermaster, MAEd, MS, Teachers College Columbia University; Kate Gardner, MS, RD, Teachers College Columbia University; Dalia Majumdar, PhD, Rutgers University; Kathleen Porter, PhD, RD, Virginia Tech
Kings 4/5 Nutrition educators face challenges in conducting nutrition education in schools. This workshop focuses on “How do we move behaviorally-focused, school-based nutrition education forward in the reality of the teachers’ world and today’s sociocultural context?” This skill-building session will provide SNEB members the opportunity to understand the teachers’ world and use current research and reflections on their own experiences to understand and engage teachers to enhance effectiveness. Through a series of interactive presentations and facilitated group discussions, participants will develop and refine action plans to optimize how school-based nutrition education is planned, implemented, and evaluated in their research and practice.
Sunday
July 26

4 -
5:30 pm

1.5 CEU

Couch Potato to Active Artichoke: The Science and Application of Increasing Physical Activity


Speakers:
Jessica Meendering, PhD, HFS, South Dakota State University; Tracy Nelson, EdD, South Dakota State University
Ballroom 1 Did you know you can be meeting physical activity guidelines and still be considered sedentary? Nutrition education programs that include physical activity components should not just focus on increasing moderate to vigorous physical activity, but should also seek to decrease sedentary time through promotion of light physical activity throughout the day. We will provide an overview of the science behind this concept, a checklist of factors that should be considered when incorporating physical activity into nutrition education programs, and ideas for ready to use, developmentally appropriate activities that will get couch potatoes moving.
Session funded by South Dakota State University.
Sunday
July 26

4 -
5:30 pm

1.5 CEU

Creative and Culturally Appropriate Methods to Promote Nutrition Education in Diverse Populations


Speakers:
Mira Mehta, Ph.D, University of Maryland; Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, Ph.D, RD, Colorado State University; Judith Rodriguez, Ph.D, RD/N, FADA, University of North Florida; Psyche Williams-Forson, Ph.D, University of Maryland; Kavitha Sankavaram, Ph.D, University of Maryland
Kings 1-3 Food and nutrition behaviors are influenced by myriad environmental and cultural forces. Culture influences worldview, interactions with the physical environment, and food related behaviors. To meet the challenge of providing nutrition guidance in a rapidly changing environment consisting of diverse population groups, nutrition/health care professionals must understand how culture influence attitudes and behaviors, and the resulting implications for nutrition education. The session explores cultural competence in the context of nutrition education and provides interactive and skill building activities to facilitate both cognitive (understanding/analyzing cultural differences in communication) and skill based (improving and adjusting one’s personal communication styles and approaches) learning.
Sunday
July 26

6 -
7:30 pm

SNEB Talks

Kings 1-3

1.5 CEU
We’re looking for members and colleagues to bring their passion and creativity to the stage and share cutting edge ideas, innovative work, and new approaches to ongoing challenges. This won’t be one more poster session or power point! Instead you (yes you!) can share a project, idea, and/or approach – with slides, videos, demonstrations, but mostly - live action...just make sure it’s enlightening, innovative, short, and contagious! Proposals to present accepted through May 8. Details online

 

Monday, July 27

Monday
July 27

7 - 8 am

Fun Run to benefit the SNEB Foundation


$10 per person
Includes t-shirt with registration by July 1

Wake for the Walk…Rise for the Run…For Health, For Fun!!

Join SNEB to walk or run for some exercise in the morning. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the SNEB Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Organized by Phrql (pronounced freckle), a Pittsburgh-based software development firm that creates electronic health record systems.
Monday
July 27

8:30 -
10 am

Beyond Borders: Collaboration, Standardization and Maximization in Nutrition Education


Speakers:
Roy Ballam, MA, BA, PGCE, British Nutrition Foudation; Suzanne Piscopo, Ph.D, R. Nutr, European Health Promotion Practioner, University of Malta
Kings 1-3

1.5 CEU
Worldwide there has been a renewed acknowledgment of the need for food and nutrition education for schoolchildren. In the UK, the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has been implementing such education for 20+ years; key projects including Food – a fact of life and Healthy Eating Week. Recently, the BNF also coordinated a trans-national project developing and testing the European Food Framework. This session will describe these initiatives, sharing insights gained regarding mechanics of collaboration and maximization of educational resources and campaigns, as well as engage participants in a critical discussion on the potential of cross-border standardization in food and nutrition education.
Monday
July 27

8:30 - 9:30 am

Mobile and Wireless Approaches to Dietary Behavior Change: What is the Evidence, and Where Do We Go from Here?

 

Speakers:
Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD, University of Arizona; Moderator: Serah W Theuri, PhD, RD, University of Southern Indiana
Ballroom 1

1 CEU
Nutritional practitioners are unable to recommend effective mobile and wireless approaches to dietary behavior change to their patients and clients due to limited efficacy data, unclear “dose” associated with behavior change, and lack of alignment of mobile approaches with evidence-based nutrition guidelines. Participants in this session will be able to describe the state of the evidence for mobile and wireless approaches to behavior change, identify and evaluate the evidence-based features of commercially available technologies purporting diet quality improvement, and discuss future directions for research and implications for nutrition practice.  
Monday
July 27

10:15 - 11:15 am

1 CEU

Explore Creative Approaches to Nutrition Education from the Team Nutrition Initiative!


Speakers: Alicia H. White, MS, RD, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs; Anna Arrowsmith, RD, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs; Nicholas B. Drzal, MPH, RDN, Michigan Department of Education School Nutrition Program; Megan Lopes, MPH, Maryland State Department of Education; Emily Brinkman, RD, LD, Kansas State Department of Education
  Are you tired of reinventing the wheel when planning nutrition education activities? This session will begin with an introduction to the wide array of materials available from USDA’s Team Nutrition (TN), followed by activities and materials developed by states with funding from Team Nutrition Training grants. USDA and State agency nutritionists will share materials and resources covering topics that include the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate, behavioral economics, nutrition education materials linked to the Common Core Standards, culinary skills training for school foodservice staff, school and child care gardens, family engagement, and more!
Monday
July 27

12:45 - 2:15 pm

USDA Research Agencies: Funding Opportunities for Nutrition Research, Education, and Extension Programs


Speakers: Deirdra Chester, PhD, RDN, IFSN, NIFA, USDA; Jane Clary Loveless, PhD, RN, MS, MCHES, IFSN, NIFA, USDA; Dionne Toombs, PhD, IFSN, NIFA, USDA; Helen Chipman, PhD, RD, IFSN, NIFA, USDA; Cheryl Jackson Lewis, MPA, RD, LDN, FNS, USDA; Moderators: Deirdra Chester, PhD, RDN, IFSN, NIFA, USDA; Mallory M. Koenings, PhD, RDN, IFSN, NIFA, USDA
Kings 1-3

1.5 CEU
This session will provide an overview of USDA nutrition research and programs to SNEB conference participants. USDA will share information on research and programs as well as various tools/resources available to researchers and practitioners. An interactive discussion will provide opportunity to share knowledge with SNEB conference participants, strengthen collaboration with USDA partners and get insights from researchers, practitioners who use USDA data to design community interventions in different settings especially low-income families.
Monday
July 27

12:45 -
2:15 pm

Elevating SNEB and Our Nutrition Expertise through Communication and Education


Speakers:
Beth Peralta, MS, RDN, LDN, University of Illinois Extension; Laurie A. Wadsworth, Ph.D, PDt, FDC, Department of Human Nutrition, St. Francis Xavier University; Sylvia Rowe, MA, President SR Strategy
Kings 4/5

1.5 CEU
As nutrition experts, we are communicators. Whether writing a grant proposal, drafting testimony for pending policies, developing an article for JNEB, or engaging with media or clients, SNEB and our members can take our expertise to the next level through dynamic communication and education strategies. Hear information on current trends, research on health messaging and insights from a nutrition program integrating various communication strategies for optimal exposure and reach. The session will engage members, at all levels, and garner insights on how to deliver credible and evidence-based nutrition information, while providing messages that resonate with various audiences.
Monday
July 27

12:45 -
2 pm

Utilizing Technology to Influence Wellness in Youth


Speakers:
Patricia Brinkman, MA, BS; Lisa Barlage, MS, BS; Michelle Treber, MA, BS, LD; Cindy Shuster, MS, BA, Ohio State University Extension
Ballroom 1

1 CEU
Come and learn how an email challenge using videos made by teens increased knowledge and wellness change of behavior for teens participating in the challenge as measured by an online pre and post survey. Results from the use of these videos with classes in schools will also be shared. Information about the production of the videos and how they were shared privately will be provided. Examples of how, where, and types of videos that can be shared with teens to help impact behavior change will be discussed. Examples of the pre and post surveys will be shared.
Monday
July 27

2:30 -
4 pm

SNEB Business Meeting and Awards Presentation

Ballroom 1 Celebrate the successes of SNEB over the past year and recognize this year’s award winners including the Helen Denning Ullrich Award of Excellence in Nutrition Education, the MidCareer Award, Early Professional, and newly established Program Impact Award. Foundation scholarships and High Education Division Student Research Awards also presented.
Monday
July 27

4 -
5:30 pm

Collective Impact: Using Program Outcomes to Influence Policy and Programs


Speakers:
Duke Storen, PhD, Share our Strength; Gabriela Mora, MPH, The Food Trust; Marci Scott, PhD, RD, Moderator, Michigan Fitness Foundation
Ballroom 1

1.5 CEU
Advocates for effective nutrition programs are in a constant battle to maintain funding and program integrity in the face of competing interests from policy makers and food industry. The best strategy for facing these challenges is to use program outcomes to engage decision makers and stakeholders in dialogue about how best to fund and operate these programs. Upcoming reauthorization of child nutrition and older adult programs presents an excellent opportunity for Society members and other nutrition educators and change agents to consider how they can examine the various facets of their programs and craft messages and strategies to positively influence policy decisions.

Download a list of Congressional Leaders and Members related to nutrition
Organized by the Advisory Committee on Public Policy

Monday
July 27

7 - 9 pm

Student Mixer at Seviche

Offsite

Cost: $15 | Limited to 40

930 Penn Avenue, 0.6 miles from Wyndham
Students and young professionals will congregate at a nearby restaurant/bar, Seviche, http://www.seviche.com, to socialize and network. Each participant will pay $15 for food. Drinks cost are separate amount. The evening will consist of networking games/activities.
Monday
July 27

6:30 -
9:30 pm

Gala Dinner Riverboat Cruise

Offsite Cost will be between $75 and $100 per person depending on the number of attendees who particpiate. Please indicate your interest in the cruise when you register for conference. You will be contacted with further information and payment details based on responses received by June 1.
Enjoy a night out with fellow conference attendees. The Gateway Clipper Fleet presents an unforgettable experience that truly captures the personality of a great river city – Pittsburgh. The evening will include dinner and sightseeing. The narrated cruise travels past many points of current or historic interest. The riverboat has air-conditioned space or you can watch Pittsburgh glide by from the deck. Boat docks in park adjacent to hotel.

 

Tuesday, July 28

Tuesday
July 28

8 - 9 am

Nutrition Education Competencies: Who, What, Why, and How


Speakers:
Melissa Olfert, DrPH, MS, RDN, LD, West Virginia State University, Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RD, West Chester University of PA
Ballroom 1

1 CEU
SNEB first published a set of professional competencies for Nutrition Educators in 1987 and has been working to revise them. This session will review the history of and describe the process of developing updates to these competencies. Speakers will discuss this most recent initiative to define: to whom these competencies are targeted; what the specific competencies are; why competencies are necessary for practitioners; and how competencies may be met with relevant coursework or field experiences. Additional discussions will focus on potential future initiatives, including a certification process for individuals and/or institutions and partnerships with other professional organizations.
Tuesday
July 28

8 - 9 am

Get Fruved! Building an Innovative Intervention Using Student’s Creativity and Passion


Speakers: Sarah Colby, PhD, RD, University of Tennessee; Jamie Glover, BS, University of Tennessee; Kristin Riggsbee, BS, LPN, University of Tennessee; Makenzie Barr, BS, West Virginia University Melissa Vilaro, PhD, University of Florida; Krista Creager, BS, South Dakota State University
Kings 4-5


1 CEU
Over the past year student researchers from eight different universities have developed partnerships with other students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, university administration, Extension partners, and Research faculty. Together they have assessed the healthfulness of the university environment and developed and planned an interactive social marketing and environmental change intervention. The newly developed “Get Fruved!” research project is designed to aid older adolescents in effectively managing weight through increasing healthfulness of diet, increased physical activity, and improved stress management behavior. In this session, student partners will describe the process of building partnerships and developing the innovative, creative intervention.

Organized by the Public Health Division
Tuesday
July 28

8 - 9 am

USDA Highlights from the NIFA Childhood Obesity Prevention Program


Moderators:
Deirdra Chester, Ph.D, RDN, USDA-NIFA; Mallory M. Koenings, PhD, RDN
Kings 1-3


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

Session1: Using In-Home Behavioral Economic Strategies and Enhanced Food Preparation Skills to Increase Vegetable Intake and Variety among Children
Speaker: Marla Reicks, PhD, RDN, University of Minnesota

Session 2: Breakfast Consumption and Childhood Obesity Among Low Income, Ethnically Diverse Youth
Jennifer O. Fisher, PhD, Temple University

Session 3: Connecticut Fitness and Nutrition Clubs In Motion - (CT FANs IM)
Speaker: Umekia Taylor, MS, RD, CD-N, University of Connecticut
Tuesday
July 28

9:15 - 10:15 am

Conversations with USDA


Moderators:
Deirdra Chester, Ph.D, RDN, IFSN, NIFA, USDA
Speakers:
Deirdra Chester, Ph.D, RDN, USDA-NIFA; Jane Clary Loveless, PhD, RN, MS, MCHES; Mallory M. Koenings, PhD, RDN, IFSN, NIFA, USDA
Kings 1-3


1 CEU
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.
Tuesday
July 28

9:15 - 10:15 am

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
King 4/5


1 CEU
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.
Tuesday
July 28

9:15 - 10:15 am

The Art and Science of Social Media : Effectively Promoting the Voice of Nutrition Experts on the Internet


Speakers: Maureen Bligh, MA, RD, Dairy Council of California and Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, Jill Weisenberger Health Communications, LLC and Moderator: Mary Anne Burkman, MPH, RDN, Senior Director, Program Services, Dairy Council of California
Ballroom 1


1 CEU
Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, so what can you, as a credentialed expert, do to be at the top of search pages? Understand what interests your readers, prioritize content topics and identify specific keywords searched by your audience. You will learn the three primary ways of blogging- emotional sharing, content and SEO. We’ll dive deep into how to develop keyword themes based on an editorial calendar of content priorities. By the end of the session you will have a laser focus and new tools to help you boost the traffic you get from Google and other search engines.
Organized by Communications Division and funded by Dairy Council of California
Tuesday
July 28

1 - 2 pm

The Power of Nudges: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice


Speakers:
Christine Rivera, RD, Feeding America; David Just, PhD, Cornell University
Ballroom 1


1 CEU
Enjoy a gallery walk of how principles of behavioral economics are being used in the food bank and food pantry setting. When it comes to food, environmental cues (or “nudges”) such as signage, colors, packaging and product placement are factors that can, in fact, influence consumer coices. These seemingly passive strategies within the food environment can therefore be considered as possible mechanisms to help encourage and increase healthy food choices. Attendees will see and experience “nudges,” hear findings from a recent pilot, and take home ideas on how to adapt these principles to meet local needs.
Session funded by Feeding America and ConAgra Foods Foundation
Tuesday
July 28

1 - 2 pm

Food Justice: Looking Back, Looking Forward


Speakers:
Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RD, LD, Food and Nutrition Consultant; Jessica Jones-Hughes, MS, RD, OKE USA Fair Trade Fruit Company
Kings 4/5


1 CEU
Food Justice is an issue of growing concern, as evidence by the 2014 Food Day Theme, "Real Food, Just Food.” The purpose of this session is to increase awareness of unfair, unsafe or discriminatory practices within the food system that we are inadvertently supporting with some of our food choices. Easy and positive steps to support human justice, for all ages, are possible. This session will explain food justice through recent initiatives and examples, provides credible information for learning more about specific issues and describe action steps to alleviate food injustice.
Organized by the Division of Sustainable Food Systems
Tuesday
July 28


2:15 -
3:45 pm

Changing the Health Trajectory for Older Adults Through Effective Diet and Activity Modifications


Speakers:
Melissa Ventura Marra, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D., West Virginia University; Catherine Violette, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension; Furong Xu, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island; Nancy L. Cohen, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., FAND, University of Massachusettes Amherst
Ballroom 1

1.5 CEU
Maintaining the health and well-being of adults in midlife and beyond is a growing public health concern. Regular physical activity and the consumption of a nutrient-rich diet are essential to a healthier midlife and older adulthood. However, adults in midlife and beyond are not meeting the recommended intakes of nutrient-rich foods and physical activity. This session provides insight to better understanding the nutritional needs of today’s and tomorrow’s older adults, innovative physical activity programming attributes that promote behavior change and a socioecological framework for the determinants physical activity and eating behaviors of older adults using a multistate approach. Organized by the Healthy Aging Division.
Tuesday
July 28


2:15 -
3:45 pm

Creativity Boot Camp: FoodPlay – Making Good Eating Great Fun!


Speakers:
Barbara Storper, MS, RD
King 4/5


1.5 CEU
Recharge your passion for nutrition education and discover steps to creativity and innovation. Come ready to learn effective strategies addressing multiple learning styles to turn kids and families on to healthy eating and active living, trigger school-wide excitement for programs, build stakeholder support to create healthy communities. Join Emmy Award-winning nutritionist and team of FoodPlayers, as they demonstrate how to make good eating – great fun! Cultivate your own creative ideas into action. Take back innovative strategies using theater, circus arts, puppetry, music, magic, and simple props. Boost creativity, increase effectiveness, and with everything on your plate – learn to juggle! Really!
Organized by the Nutrition Education for Children Division and funded by Univeristy of Florida
Tuesday
July 28

2:15 -
3:45 pm

Evaluating the MyPlate Communication Initiative: Evidence to Date and a Call for Crowdsourcing


Speakers:
Amy R. Mobley, PhD, RD, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut; Barbara Jirka, PhD, SNS, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion; Jodie Abbatangelo-Gray, ScD, MS, MA, Summit Research Associates, NYC; Elyse Levine, PhD, RD, Booz Allen Hamilton
Kings 1-3

1.5 CEU
The MyPlate Communication Initiative is a major shift from the previous Pyramid communication initiative. Capturing measures of effectiveness for this health communication initiative presents challenges and opportunities. A social ecological framework is proposed for evaluation, as well as non-traditional sources for evidence. Anticipating the release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, this timely session examines evidence to date on the effectiveness of MyPlate, discusses where more research is needed, and calls out to researchers and practitioners to contribute to the pool of evidence.

Tues.
July 28

3:30 -
4:45 pm

1.5 CEU

Bee Marks Communications Symposium: Don’t Lose the Message in the Science: Thoughtful Nutrition Education Communication that Consumers will Understand and Use!”


Speakers: Brian Wansink, PhD, Cornell University; Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, International Food Information Council; LeeAnn Weniger-Mandrillo, MPA, LMC Communications
Moderator: Nicole Turner Ravana, MS, Strategic Nutrition Communications

Ballroom 1 Creating messages, communications and nutrition education tools for emerging science can be challenging. Multiple factors come into play such as how consumer messages shape eating behavior, how to interpret policy from the latest science and craft it into useable messages from public health to industry and how to communicate all of this using social media and content marketing. Experts will discuss strategies, opportunities and best practices on how to provide positive and simple messages for consumers based on findings from the dietary guidelines, as well as from other research.
SNEB Foundation wishes to thank public relations leaderand pioneer, Bee Marks, for her career achievements in advancing the importance and practices of evidence-based nutrition marketing and communications.

Organized by the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Foundation and Communications Division

 

Wednesday, July 29

Wed.
July 29

8:30 am -
3 pm

Innovative Approaches to Food Access Issues – A Food Bank; An Urban Farm; A Community Bread Oven


Speakers:
Mim Seidel, MS, RD, Chatham University; Jesse Sharrard, BA, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Offsite Tour This tour examines the food access issues through the lens of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food, the Braddock (urban) Farm and the Braddock Community Bread Oven. Thirty-five years after the massive expansion of the emergency food system, it is apparent that access to an adequate amount of nutritious food to maintain a healthy lifestyle remains an issue for many. Innovative initiatives addressing nutritional quality, community engagement, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity will be seen and discussed on this tour.
Wed.
July 29

10 am -
2 pm

Organic Valley Farm Discovery Tour

Offsite Tour A “hands-on” tour  of Windy Valley Farms, Somerset, Pennsylvania, hosted by Organic Valley farmer-owner, Richard Stahl and family. Greater understanding of organic dairy farming practices including: rotational grazing, soil health, organic cropping, quality production standards, cow health and nutrition and the cooperative business model that sustains our farmers. Experiences that will show how Organic Valley is different from other organic brands. Wear comfortable, seasonal, layered, outdoor clothing, a hat, gloves and sturdy shoes for the farm tour. We will provide a rain poncho and shoe covers for the tour, as needed. You might need camera, sunglasses, sunscreen

 

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