Schuster’s Blog: WIC Foods, SNAP, Rewards Programs and More

Posted by: and on Friday December 2, 2022 A soft drink vending machine at the checkout of a shoe store? My first thought when I saw this 8 years ago: Why? (One in the back for employees made more sense.) In the years since, food availability and convenience, good and bad, has skyrocketed. Add to that, food companies that shape our food behaviors in ways we are unaware of. Note: The data about the cost of using a food delivery app in the ‘Online’ section is of particular importance to consumers! WIC foods update… More (...)

Making Sure to Keep the Person in Personalized Nutrition

Posted by: on Monday November 21, 2022 Personalized nutrition focuses on the concept that individuals may respond very differently to foods and may require different dietary patterns to achieve the best health.  Personalized or precision nutrition falls under the umbrella of personalized medicine, a medical model that calls for medical practices, interventions, and products to be customized to the individual based on their risk of disease. Personalized medicine relies upon an individual’s genetic profile to identify the most appro (...)

Students, Gear Up for the SNEB Conference 2023!

Posted by: on Monday November 21, 2022 The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) held its 2022 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the first hybrid experience after 2 years of online conferences. During the annual division meetings, we dis- cussed the successful activities of all divisions during the past year. The Student Division officially started functioning in 2018. The Student Division remains a relatively younger division and has been successful in organizing 2 conference sessions in the past 2 years, (...)

Lauren Haldeman named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Posted by: on Monday November 21, 2022 Philadelphia, November 21, 2022 – The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) is pleased to announce that Lauren Haldeman, PhD, will assume the duties of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB), published by Elsevier, effective January 2023. Dr. Haldeman takes over from Karen Chapman-Novakofski, PhD, RD, who has expertly served the Journal as editor-in-chief since 2008.  JNEB serves as a global resource to advance nutrition education and behavior- (...)

Schuster’s Blog: Grocery retail, competition, food deserts and more.

Posted by: and on Tuesday November 15, 2022 A new ‘Big 3’ in grocery retail? Higher food prices? Less competition? More food deserts? These are some of the issues swirling around the recent news of a proposed 2024 Kroger Albertsons merger. Let’s dig deeper… Overview… The numbers: 2 out of 3 shoppers would be reached by the merger; Kroger’s acquisition of Albertsons would mean a more diverse shopper demographic especially Latinos and Asians; new shoppers would be most likely to live in urban areas and more datapoint (...)

Schuster’s Blog: A proposed new definition of a ‘healthy’ claim for food and a new look at foods like SlimFast, pizza and more!

Posted by: and on Monday November 7, 2022 FDA’s proposed ‘healthy’ claim: background, reactions, impact… FDA webinar about the ‘healthy’ claim proposal (; view the 10/21/2022 FDA 30 minute webinar ( Marion Nestle’s view of the claim: ‘pretty good’ (almost all cereals marketed to children would be excluded); prototype symbols ( (...)

Resolution: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Posted by: on Friday November 4, 2022 Resolution Open for Voting: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior The Advisory Committee on Public Policy approved this resolution to proceed through the SNEB resolution process on July 18. This resolution was open for online comments from August 2 to August 12. Procedures for voting on proposed resolutions: The resolutions electronic ballot will be open for 25 days following close of the final comment period. A resolution will be a (...)

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health – now what?

Posted by: and on Monday October 24, 2022 The recent conference, now in the rearview mirror, was historic considering the last one of its kind was in 1969. Below are some online reflections, actions/commitments and a webinar that gives you insight into the work of different agencies/organizations going forward. Apologies if I missed any online individual or organizational reflections! Reflections on the conference… Attendee Marion Nestle (  (...)

Schuster’s Blog: High food prices: private labels, other deals/strategies

Posted by: and on Wednesday October 5, 2022 How times have changed! Store brands/private/generic labels were considered as inferior to brand names just a few years ago. The quality of these product lines has improved and just in time as food prices continue to increase. Let’s look at these labels and other ways retail grocers are helping shoppers address high food prices. And let’s not forget that good food prep/handling can mean less food wasted. Lastly, a peek at how food shopping might play out in a recession. Background… (...)

Schuster’s Blog: Universal school meals, ultra-processed food, Lucky Charms update and more.

Posted by: and on Monday September 26, 2022 As some states support school meals, some colleges cut back on dining options, a new cereal on-the-go (no milk needed), Lizzo’s ‘cart,’ ultra-processed food, paycheck advance apps - yet another way people may pay for food and more! Food at school/colleges A handful of states (CA, ME, MA, NV, VT) now have universal school meals; CT offers it for part of the year and this November Colorado voters will decide its fate; MN, NY, WI, NC, MD plans to introduce legislation (https://www.npr (...)