SNEB President Koch emphasizes four key points during oral comments to Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior President Pam Koch EdD, RD presented comments to federal officials on behalf of the Society regarding the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: Advisory Report to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Just 3 years ago I looked at meal kits. How times have changed! The focus then was on-line subscription delivery services. Though still around, meal kits are also now available from grocery stores and other locations. Read on...
In her final JNEB presidential editorial, Jennifer Wilkins described how the COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges and opportunities.1 As I write this in early June, both the pandemic and protests for racial justice dominate the news. These crises have exacerbated the challenges we already faced: ecological threats on a planetary scale, the fragility of centralized and concentrated food systems, racial inequities in food access and health, and a food supply dominated by ultra-processed foods.
Although the feeding relationship is acknowledged to be bidirectional between caregivers and children, most often parenting influences on young children’s eating behaviors are investigated through the lens of how parents influence children’s eating— either for the good or the not so good. While individual differences, such as children’s temperaments or sibling differences, are often referred to as having an impact on food parenting, very seldom is the child’s influence on the parent behavior the intentional focus of studies seeking to explain why children eat the way they do.
Food insecurity among all age groups within the United States is an issue, especially since COVID-19, where an estimated 22-38% of US households are considered food insecure. Lack of access to nutritious foods at any age increases one’s risk for not only chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, but also impacts one’s mental health. As a scientific community, not only is it necessary to understand the complexities of food insecurity among certain age groups, families, races and ethnicities in order to develop effective strategies to reduce the prevalence of food insecurity, but it is also important to create instruments to better identify those who are food insecure and to evaluate policies surrounding this issue. Thus, in collaboration with Feeding America through Hunger + Health, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior is proud to announce our 13-article collection on food insecurity.
I was listening to an interview with Chasten Buttigieg, husband of Pete Buttigieg. During the interview he shared this experience...after addressing a group of people as follows: ‘Ladies and gentlemen,’ a young boy approached him. He wanted Chasten to know that his use of ‘ladies and gentlemen’ didn’t include him. This story illustrates how many of us may inadvertently exclude those in the LGBTQ+ community. Below are tips to promote inclusion. (Note: Which term should I use? shares interesting data about the preferred term to use.)
Get to know more about the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) and all the resources we have to offer nutrition education professionals.
NCCOR is a collaborative between the nation’s four leading science research funders: the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NCCOR’s mission is to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity for all children, with particular attention to high-risk populations and communities.
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Announces Joan Dye Gussow, EdD as the 2020 Presidentís Award Recipient
It is my great pleasure to name Dr. Joan Dye Gussow as this year’s recipient of the President’s Award. Dr. Gussow is Professor Emeritus at Teachers College, Columbia University. Joan’s impact on the field of nutrition education is undeniable and she has been credited with inspiring so many to think critically about the role of nutrition education and related research and policy in shaping the food system. Through her prolific writing and research, her many compelling speeches, her teaching and advocacy, she has inspired numerous students, colleagues, leaders, and stakeholders from every segment of the food system to explore connections and to think broadly about what health really means.