2018 Annual Conference Programs

2018 SNEB Annual Conference Sessions 

Pre-Conference Sessions: Saturday, July 21

(per session fees apply)

FNEE Pre-Conference Session: Building Culturally Inclusive Coalitions

Coalition building is an important facet of Extension work. Participants will develop deeper understanding of the importance of cultural diversity within coalitions and learn best practices for recruiting and sustaining culturally diverse team partners. Using coalition effectiveness survey(s), participants will learn how effective and diverse coalitions can be the drivers for collective impact across sectors. Participants will engage in activities and discussions on the benefits and challenges of culturally diverse coalitions using examples from obesity task forces, advisory boards, food policy councils, etc. in leveraging the diversity to advocate for the greater community within business, politics, and industry.

Speakers: Sonya J. Jones, PhD, University of South Carolina, Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; Arnold School of Public Health; Claire Uno, MLIS, Teachers College Columbia University, Program in Nutrition; Tracy Fox, MPH, RD, Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants, LLC; Mary S. Marczak , PhD, University of Minnesota Extension; Maggi Adamek, PhD, University of Minnesota Research Fellow; Katharine VonRueden, MPH, New Mexico Department of Health; Andrea Pepin, MS, Zuni Youth Enrichment Project; Moderator: Andrea Morris, PhD, MCHES®

Practical use Social Media as a Social Marketing and Nutrition Education Tool

Want to learn how you can take your social marketing outreach to the next level? Interested in using paid social media promotion? Find out how digital ads helped improve Virginia’s and Tennessee’s social marketing campaigns. This workshop will include learning how to build a Facebook paid advertising campaign, establishing your target audience, defining your budget, tracking reach, impressions, clicks, and other analytics, and evaluating your results after your campaign ends. This workshop is a great opportunity to help you get your creative juices flowing and learn a new skill for helping people develop healthier behaviors.

Speakers: Austin Brooks, MS, RDN, Virginia Tech/Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program (SNAP-Ed/EFNEP); Alyssa Mako, Virginia Tech/Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program (SNAP-Ed/EFNEP); Christopher Sneed, PhD, The University of Tennessee Extension;  Moderator: Sarah Misyak, PhD

Voices for Food: Engaging Extension Professionals as Community Coaches (CCs) to Fulfill Policy, System, and Environmental (PSE) Standards

Voices for Food (VFF) utilized Extension professionals as community coaches (CCs) to develop food policy councils (FPCs) that collaborated with food pantries to enhance food security and diet quality in rural, limited resource communities; embracing policy, system, and environmental (PSE) work. VFF will be summarized, including its alignment with PSE work, experiences from CCs, and research findings that support this and future applications of this work. Participants will engage in role-play scenarios and solution-oriented dialogue to understand how FPCs and food pantries collaborate, identify successes and challenges Extension professionals as CCs face in PSE work, and leave with implementation resources.

Suzanne Stluka, MS, RD, LN, South Dakota State University Extension; Lacey McCormack, PhD, MPH, RD, LN, EP-C, South Dakota State University; Dan Remley, M.S.P.H., Ph.D., Ohio State University Extension; Becky Henne, MS, Michigan State University Extension; Moderator: Lindsay Moore, MS

Conference Programming: Sunday, July 22 – Tuesday, July 24

Plenary Sessions

Bee Marks Communication Symposium - Toward Sustainable Diets:  Communicating the Evidence, Addressing the Challenges

Addressing complex often confusing issues of food, food systems and sustainability are challenging, even for food and nutrition experts. As a reality-based context for communicating evidence about sustainability, this session will explore public perceptions, along with barriers and misinformation that impact consumer decisions in their attempts to eat sustainably and support sustainable food systems. The session will provide ways that nutrition educators can translate the science of food sustainability into balanced, actionable and compelling initiatives that promote sustainable food decisions among the public. Session sponsored by the SNEB Foundation.

Speakers: Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, Vice President, Research and Partnerships, International Food Information Council Foundation; Jessica Fanzo, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

George M. Briggs Nutrition Science Symposium - Toward Sustainable Diets: Current Evidence and Future Challenges

Food, food systems, and sustainability continues to evolve. This session will explore the current state-of-the-art with respect to the complexity of defining dietary patterns and sustainability.  There is a great deal of science backing what we know and a great deal more research that yet needs to be done. The science behind sustainability from the standpoint of climate change, water use, land use, health, and livelihoods both with respect to what we know and uncertainties moving forward will be explored. This session will also describe the kinds of research and programs that food group producers need to pursue to address environmental, social and economic pillars of sustainability and examine how some choices may have unintended consequences. Finally, the session will explore policy implications of the current state of the science for dietary guidance and sustainability of food systems. Session sponsored by the SNEB Foundation.

Speakers: Michael W. Hamm, PhD, University of Michigan; Greg Miller PhD, Dairy Management, Inc.; Kate Clancy, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Nutrition Policy is Food Policy  - ACPP Public Policy Plenary

The purpose of this plenary is to bring together a systems analysis that allows us to articulate local and regional impacts from national nutrition standards and public education initiatives such as the Nutrition Facts Panel and menu labeling law.

Speakers: Bertrand Weber, Director, Minneapolis Public Schools, Culinary and Nutrition Services; Julie McMillan, Assistant Vice President, Hy-Vee, Inc.; Stephanie Heim, MPH RD, University of Minnesota Extension, Health and Nutrition Program Director; Moderator: Sonya Jones, PhD

Concurrent Sessions

A Healthy Perspective – Understanding What Drives America’s Food Purchasing Decisions

Although there is no shortage of research examining American’s perceptions around food, there is remains little consumer research helping unpack factors that drive food purchasing decisions. This session highlights new research illustrating purchasing trends as well as specific factors contributing to the food buying habits of Americans, with special attention to how new factors like online grocery delivery and meal kits are re-shaping our food systems. Also, the session will show nutrition educators how they can use communications takeaways from 2018 Food & Health Survey findings to facilitate healthy behavior change.

Speakers: Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, Ph.D., MPA, International Food Information Council Foundation; Liz Sanders, MPH, RDH, International Food Information Council Foundation; Moderator: Robert Post, Ph.D., ME.d., MSc.

Child, Clan and Culture: Effective Communication Methods for Obesity Prevention

To reduce the risk of childhood obesity this session will accomplish the following: 1) describe the formative-evaluation process of developing effective healthy messages for a variety of sup-populations; 2) examine how to evaluate impact (effectiveness) of various type of messaging among those receiving the messages; 3) explain other elements of the evaluation process to further elucidate key constructs and next steps in messaging development. The remainder of the session will focus on diverse cultural applications of simple messages currently available to nutrition educators in various geographic areas within the United States.

Speakers: Alison Gustafson, PhD, MPH, RD, University of Kentucky; Margarita Teran-Garcia, MD, PhD, FTOS, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Holly E. Brophy-Herb, PhD., Michigan State University;         Moderator: Jennifer Savage Williams, PhD

Determine Impact and Maximize It!

Using behavioral theories as a foundation to measure program outcomes sounds logical, but is often not incorporated!  Measuring behavior change can be challenging, so it is critical to learn effective survey tool design methods for measuring learning success as well as program effectiveness.  Intentional measurement of behavior change can also identify possible areas of participant resistance or agreement.  Learn about incorporating behavioral theory constructs into your regular program evaluation and survey development processes, including identification of survey tools and how to effectively modify tools to fit your program.

Speakers: Catherine  Stein Arnold, MS EdD, RD, LDN, Nutrition, Benedictine University; Karen Plawecki, PhD, RD, LDN, Nutrition, Benedictine University;  Moderator: Karen Plawecki, PhD, RD, LDN

Engaging Youth for Inclusive and Equitable Food Systems

This session highlights a youth inclusive approach to nutrition education and food system improvement. Presenters will share individual and community level outcomes of a SNAP-Ed funded project in which youth led an effort to raise awareness of food resources and improve access to healthy food in a USDA designated food desert.  Presenters will share effective approaches and practice-based curriculum materials that others can use to implement youth action projects in their communities.

Speakers: Josset Gauley, PhD, MS, University of Wisconsin-Extension; Claire Mance, MS, University of Wisconsin-Extension; Monica Lobenstein, MA, University of Wisconsin-Extension; Matthew Calvert, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Extension;  Moderator: Amber Canto, MPH, RDN

Evaluation and Dissemination Experiences from Evidence-based Hands-On Cooking Programs with Children and Families

Three evidence-based interventions that focus on experiential cooking activities for children and families (iCook 4-H: Cooking, Eating and Playing Together; Illinois Junior Chefs; and Fuel for Fun: Cooking with Kids Plus Parents and Play) will showcase challenges and solutions to common issues of balancing stakeholder needs, translation, scalability, fidelity, and sustainability. Panelists will discuss evaluation approaches and best-practices for assessing large-scale implementation of these programs. Participants will be able to consult with experts in an interactive setting to facilitate integrating hands-on components into their own nutrition education programs. Organized by Nutrition Education for Children Division.

Speakers: Jessica Jarick Metcalfe, MPH, PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, PhD, RDN, Colorado State University; Adrienne White, PhD, RDN, FAND, University of Maine; Sarah Colby, PhD, RD, University of Tennessee; Moderator: Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, CDN

Farm to School and School Wellness Policies: Working Together for Effective Nutrition Education

This session includes guidance and resources, but also real-life stories, pictures, and best practices.  Attendees will be able to participate through stimulating activities that will move them into action for their own Local Wellness Policy and Farm to School coordinated outcomes.  MPR FNS Farm to School Regional Lead and Senior Nutritionist will review Farm to School principles and resources, as well as Local School Wellness Policy requirements.

Speakers: Andrea Northup, BA, BS, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Mountain Plains Region; Farm to School Lead; Gina O'Brian, RDN, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Mountain Plains Region, Special Nutrition Programs; Senior Nutritionist; Angela Rickey, MPH, RD, SNS, Roseville Area Schools, Roseville, MN; Nutrition Services Supervisor;  Moderator: Ashley Schimke, DTR

Farmers Market Programming for Limited-Resource Households

Farmer’s market programming for limited-resource households can directly support local, regional, and sustainable food systems. Through such programming, eligible individuals are encouraged to spend their nutrition assistance benefits at farmers markets and to purchase locally-grown fruit and vegetables. In this session, we will describe and discuss ongoing research related to the use, promotion, costs, and effectiveness of these programs in contexts across the U.S. Lessons learned will be directly relevant to research, nutrition education, and policy systems and environment programming in this area. Organized by the Public Health Nutrition Division.

Speakers: Jennifer, Garner, RD, Cornell University; Stephanie, Jilcott Pitts, PhD, East Carolina University; Carrie, Durward, PhD RD, Utah State University; Darcy, Freedman, PhD MPH, Case Western Reserve University; Moderator: Mateja R. Savoie Roskos, PhD MPH RD

Food Literacy as an Essential Framework for Nutrition Educators

In the face of climate change and global food needs, youth must possess a systems-based understanding of food to ensure future human and environmental health. In this session, we will explore food literacy (FL), a holistic framework encompassing food-related knowledge, skills, and behaviors associated with navigating the food system to support a diet pattern beneficial for health and the environment. Through a dynamic discussion with researchers and national leaders implementing school-based nutrition programming, participants will learn why FL should be promoted as a framework for nutrition educators and the potential for a FL survey to evaluate child outcomes. Organized by the Division of Sustainable Food Systems.

Speakers: Megan Lehnerd, MS, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University; Sarah Amin, PhD, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University; Anupama Joshi, National Farm to School Network; Eva Ringstrom, FoodCorps; Moderator: Pamela Koch, EdD, RD

Food Waste in Schools : How to effectively measure and reduce food waste in schools

During this session we will discuss the impact of food waste on the environment, how schools can be used as a leverage point to reduce food waste, what are the methods to measuring food waste in schools and what are some strategies that have been shown to reduce food waste in schools. We will review case studies of different programs all over the country that worked on reducing food waste, and the different strategies and methods they used to measure mood waste.

Speakers: Carmen Byker Shanks PhD, RDN, Montana State University; Sara Elnakib, RD, MPH, CHES, Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Moderator: Kathleen Morgan, Dr. M.H., NDTR

Media Relations 101: Elevating the Reach & Impact of Nutrition Messages

Imagine a reporter calls you to ask about a trending new study or a program you’re piloting at work. Would you know how to talk about your work and what message you want to reach your audience? Working with the media can seem daunting, but it’s an important part of raising awareness about what’s happening in the field of nutrition education to inform the public and policymakers. During this session, participants will learn best practices and participate in interactive exercises enabling them to refine their “elevator pitch” and increase comfort in working with the media to elevate their work. Organized by the Communications Division.

Speakers: Liz Sanders, MPH, RDN, International Food Information Council; Elsa Ramirez Brisson, PhD, MPH, RD, Food FUNdamentals  

Mobilizing nutrition education-Is there an app for that?

With thousands of health apps available and utilized by the public, nutrition educators need evidence-based strategies for incorporating apps into nutrition interventions.  This session will provide best practices for evaluating and utilizing apps in nutrition education. Current research will be presented to provide a clear analysis of benefits and limitations to nutrition app use.  These will include behavioral and clinical outcomes associated with apps as well as issues regarding app safety and privacy. To better understand app quality assessment, participants will be able to interact with a web-based app evaluation tool during the session.

Speakers: Kristen DiFilippo, PhD, RDN, LDN, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Justine Karduck, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;  Moderator: Karen Chapman-Novakofski, PhD, RD

Optimizing nutrition and health outcomes through agriculture and food and nutrition education: Examples from EFNEP and partners

As food and communication systems become more complex, and people are more removed from agriculture within the food system, confusion surrounding healthy food choices has grown.  Nutrition educators help consumers overcome this confusion.  Attendees will learn how the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is forging creative partnerships with agriculture, healthcare, foodbanks, and others, all working synergistically to expand nutrition education impacts and improve healthy food choices of low-income families and youth.  The audience will use polling and mobile apps in this interactive session and leave equipped to increase community engagement and healthy nutrition outcomes through coordination and technology.

Speakers: Jeffrey Steiner, PhD, Division Director for Plant Production in the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability; Mallory Koenings, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, National Institute of Food and Nutrition Education (NIFA)/USDA; Christine Hradek, MPH, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Nicole Owens, PhD, Family, Youth and Community Sciences Department, University of Florida; Lorelei Jones, M.Ed., North Carolina State University; Shewana Hairston-McSwain, MS, North Caroline A&T State University, Cooperative Extension Program;   Moderator: Helen Chipman, PhD, RDN

Social Marketing for Healthy Food Systems: A Case Study of the FNV Campaign in Wisconsin

FNV is a campaign from Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) that harnesses the power of cutting-edge marketing techniques to inspire young people to eat their fruits and veggies. Wisconsin was the first state to utilize SNAP-Ed funding to implement the FNV campaign, using a multi-level programming approach and rigorous evaluation methods. This session will provide an overview of our campaign in Wisconsin, including grounding in basic principles of social marketing. The session will also help you think through how to apply these principles to your own work, including the dissemination of newly-developed evaluation methods and tools.

Speakers: Amber Canto, MPH, RDN, FoodWIse, a program of University of Wisconsin-Extension; Erin Aagesen, MS, MPH, FoodWIse, a program of University of Wisconsin-Extension; Moderator: Emily Latham, MPH

Spend Smart. Eat Smart.: Using a Mobile App and Consumer-Focused Website to Complement Nutrition Education Initiatives in Various Food System Sectors

The Cooperative Extension system has a long legacy of programming to support nutrition education and various sectors of the food system. The Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created web-based materials (website, mobile app and accompanying social media) to support growers, consumers, retailers and food banking networks. Join us for a tour of these freshly updated, free, research-based tools and try them out for yourself using your tablet or smart phone.

Speakers: Christine Hradek, MPH, Iowa State University; Jody Gatewood, MS, RD, LD, Iowa State University; Moderator: Amber Canto, MPH, RDN

The Higher Education Division’s Scholarship on Teaching and Learning Presentation: How Can We Improve Student Self-awareness and Meta-cognition? Optimizing Impact through Reflective Learning

In this Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) program, participants will learn about using reflective learning in undergraduate and graduate curricula. This interactive program will involve participant reflection on current teaching practices and student self-awareness. Speakers will share findings from original research projects investigating how reflective writing contributes to students’ meta-cognition and self-awareness in undergraduate and graduate courses. A graduate student will share her experience using reflective learning in an advanced metabolism course. The session will conclude with an opportunity for participants to develop a plan to integrate reflective practices into their own classrooms and a question and answer session.

Speakers: Rachel Vollmer, PhD, RD, Bradley University; Teresa Drake, PhD, RD, CHES, Bradley University; Taylor Chan, Bradley University;  Moderator: Marissa Burgermaster, PhD, MAEd

The Pregnancy/Birth-24 Months Project: Examining Current Evidence for Feeding Practices on Food Acceptance and Weight Outcomes in Toddlers

The next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) will include comprehensive recommendations for women who are pregnant and children under 2 years of age. This session will educate participants on the P/B-24 Project as it relates to toddler feeding practices by: educating participants about the P/B-24 Project and its relationship to the 2020-2025 DGAs; discussing P/B-24 systematic reviews on toddler feeding practices; and summarizing of gaps in current understanding, and need for research related to feeding practices. The session will conclude with a perspective on the implications of these reviews for the practicing nutrition educator. Organized by the Nutrition Education for Children Division, FNEE, Higher Education, Communication and Public Health Divisions.

Speakers: Kellie O. Casavale, PhD, RD, United States Department of Health and Human Services; Maureen Spill, PhD, United States Department of Agriculture; Jennifer Savage Williams, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development, Nutritional Sciences;  Moderator: Virginia C. Stage, PhD, RDN, LDN

Train the Trainers: Equipping nutrition educators with knowledge application tools in food systems assessment to influencing health care practitioners

Globally we are experiencing a nutrition transition, where there is co-existence of both under and over nutrition in same populations. To tackle this global burden of malnutrition, nutrition educators are well equipped and competent in providing robust, evidence-based and regulated nutrition advice through motivational interviewing, counseling and behavior change. Due to lack of training and difficultly accessing reliable nutrition evidence, healthcare practitioners are unable to integrate nutrition into clinical practice. Using a multi-modal education method, this session will equip nutrition educators with knowledge application tools extending their scope of practice and influencing wider healthcare workforce to integrate nutrition into practice. Organized by the Division of International Nutrition Education.

Speakers: Prof Sumantra Ray, MBBS, MPH, MD, NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health; Moderator: Zubaida Qamar, PhD

Using Social Media to Engage Low Income Moms to Improve Healthy Eating

Social Media is here to stay, from Presidential tweets to funny cat videos and everything in between. Learn how you can use social media to help promote your program. Hear more about how you can increase engagement with your program using the tools of social media. Uncover the planning and processes that can help you use social media in the most effective and efficient manner, increasing your reach and meeting your goals.

Speakers: Kim Laramy, Senior Behavior Change Strategist, Ethos; Suzanne Madore, Content Marketing Strategist, Ethos; Moderator: Melissa Maulding, MS RD

Post Conference: Wednesday, July 25 (per session fees apply)

Augmented Reality for Teaching and Learning in Nutrition Education and Beyond

Want to learn more about Augmented Reality, Behavior Change Science, Data Science, and their applications in settings ranging from classrooms to refugee camps? This pre-conference workshop will provide both informational and hands-on learning.  The morning will include mini lectures with demonstrations illustrating how new technologies can be combined with health behavior change strategies to support nutrition education in various settings (2.5hr).  The  afternoon session will split into two tracks (basic and advanced) for hands-on augmented reality activities using your own smartphone.  Each track will further divide into sector-based subgroups e.g., school, community, international, and industry. Organized by the Division of International Nutrition, Higher Education and Communication Divisions.

Marissa Burgermaster, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center; Joan Cowdery, PhD, Eastern Michigan University; Alan Dennis, BS, Oregon State University; Tatyana El-Kour, MS, RDN, FAND, Independent Expert Consultant;  Moderator: Elsa Ramirez Brisson, PhD, RD

Hacking the Academic Job Market for Job Seekers and Mentors

The academic job search is dramatically different now than even just a few years ago. With only 12-30% of PhDs getting tenure track appointments, job seekers need intensive training to be competitive. This post-conference workshop with leading expert on the academic career track, Dr. Karen Kelsky, will provide student/postdoc job seekers with skills to present their research to search committees and faculty mentors with tools to support their mentees during the job search. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and skill-building activities, participants will gain essential knowledge and skills and build a supportive network of peers. Organized by the Higher Education Division.

Karen Kelsky, PhD, The Professor Is In; Moderator: Marissa Burgermaster, PhD

You Are What You Think: Creating a Mindset of Positive Nutrition Behaviors

There is more nutritional information available than ever, but that does not necessarily translate to better behaviors. The Knowing-Doing Gap is when we know what we need to do, but we don’t do it. Many interventions focus on changing our behaviors, but these behaviors are an extension of our underlying mindset, or how we think. We have built-in mechanisms that can sabotage even our best intentions when it comes to eating. This session will define the components of mindset, outline mechanisms that work against us, and provide strategies to change a mindset to one that enables positive nutritional behaviors.

Speakers: Raquel Garzon, DHSc, RDN, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension; Moderator: Dianne Christensen, MS