This note is to introduce the latest issue of The Forum for Family and
Consumer Issues found at http://ncsu.edu/ffci. You may have already
read this issue as I should have sent this announcement out quite a
while back. I am including the Welcome and the paper abstracts below:
Promoting the health and wellbeing of our country’s youth is an effort I
believe all citizens and professionals support. Our youth and their
families play pivotal roles in our society. Yet there is much that we
need to learn about our youth and how they as a population have
increased in size and have changed in needs and behavior over the years.
For instance, children and adolescents from birth to age 17 now
constitute one-fourth of our country’s population. The U.S. adolescent
population increased by 16.6 percent from 1990 to 2000 and the
population is projected to increase to an estimated 41.6 million by the
year 2010. While the youth are healthier than adults in general, from 13
to 23 percent experience special health care needs or chronic illnesses
and disabilities. In 2005 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey showed that 14.5% of students in
grades 9 to 12 had lifetime asthma and 13.1% were overweight. To add to
the health issues large differences exist between the stresses,
pressures and lifestyles lived by today’s youth than that previously
experienced by earlier generations. Seventy one percent of all deaths
among persons aged 10 to 24 years result from four causes: motor vehicle
crashes, other unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide.
Professionals who serve our population of youth need more knowledge,
skills, tools, and training to promote positive outcomes. In this issue
we offer a diversity of papers that focus on a variety of approaches to
and issues that surround our youth and their eventual growth, health and
wellbeing. They cover the gamut from older youth reaching younger youth
to supporting pediatricians with parenting information, and from direct
delivery of educational curriculum to students to looking at the role of
parental communication quality on youth behavior. These papers will
benefit many areas of your efforts with youth. Enjoy!
Recruiting college students to be youth mentors
Kathy Dimick,Utah State University Extension System; Brian J.
Higginbotham, Stacey MacArthur, Utah State University; Monti Poulson,
Utah State University Extension System
Mentoring programs are becoming an increasingly popular intervention to
promote positive youth development. However, in the United States there
are more at-risk youth than there are mentors. One concentrated source
of mentors is students on college and university campuses. This article
discusses the recruiting strategies employed by one Extension-sponsored
mentoring program. The three strategies outlined have been instrumental
in securing committed and caring college-aged mentors.
Rites of passage during adolescence
Scott D. Scheer, Stephen M. Gavazzi, The Ohio State University; David G.
Blumenkrantz, Center for the Advancement of Youth, Family, and
Community Services, Inc.
The literature on rites of passage in adolescence is reviewed, with
particular attention given to the essential components for positive
developmental outcomes. Three human development orientations – life
course, life span, and life cycle – are presented to examine rites of
passage as they relate to life transitions. Within these orientations,
positive rites of passage are framed as requiring both events and
cognitive processes of the event. In other words, rites of passage
events must be significant for adolescents not only as experiences, but
having special meaning, emotion, and understanding. A model is
introduced that highlights the potentially positive and negative roles
that rites of passage can play in the transition to adulthood. In
addition, investigations are discussed to help understand the complex
rites of passage mechanisms. Finally, the benefits of employing rites of
passage strategies are illustrated through youth development programs.
Family life educators supporting pediatricians with parenting information
Karen DeBord, Rebecca Stelter, North Carolina State University
Pediatricians report seeing 40 to 60 patients per day. Many parents of
these patients have specific questions about behavioral and
developmental issues such as discipline, sleep, nutrition, and
toileting, all of which are topics that family life educators are
prepared to address routinely. Collaboration between Extension educators
and pediatricians can benefit patients, parents, and pediatric
practices, as well as family life education programs.
Adolescent nutrition and exercise behavior: A preliminary investigation
into the role of parental communication quality
Kay M. Palan, Mary Lynn Damhorst, Iowa State University, Jennifer Paff
Ogle, Colorado State University; Cheryl O. Hausafus, Cheryll A.
Reitmeier ,Iowa State University ; Grace Marquis, McGill University
This paper addresses an issue that has received little attention within
the literature: the role that parents play in shaping children’s
nutrition and exercise beliefs and behaviors. Of particular interest was
the influence of parental style and the quality of parent-child
communication upon children’s nutrition and exercise beliefs and
behaviors. Twenty family units with a child in middle school were
studied during home visits. Data were collected with a survey
instrument, including measures related to parent-adolescent
communication quality, warm and restrictive parenting styles, adolescent
nutrition concern, adolescent weight loss behaviors, and adolescent
exercise commitment and satisfaction. Results suggest that adolescents’
nutrition concerns were positively related to good communication quality
and restrictive parenting behaviors, and they support the significance
of parental communication on adolescents’ nutrition and exercise
attitudes and behaviors. Implications for education and intervention are
Morality and money: Relating character and values to financial education
in grades K-4
Thomas A. Lucey, Illinois State University; Duane M. Giannangelo, The
University of Memphis; Jeffrey M. Hawkins, Oklahoma State University
(Tulsa Campus); Julia A. Heath, Michael M. Grant, The University of Memphis
This study examines the inclusion of a moral component to teaching
financial education to children in grades K-4. Comparisons were made
between current financial education areas and suggested moral items.
Morality was defined and measured by modifying items from the courtesy,
generosity, and sportsmanship subscales of Bulach and Butler’s (2002)
survey. The study found that levels of agreement with financial morality
items were similar to the levels of agreement with the generally
accepted areas. Findings must be extended to a larger sample for
confirmation or refutation, using a more extensive measure of financial
morality. The authors invite further examination into the prospect of
developing moral tenets within financial education.
Got Calcium? - A youth curriculum that promotes dairy and non-dairy
sources of calcium
Martha Raidl, Rhea Lanting, Katie Miner, Joey Peutz, University of Idaho
Most children are not meeting dietary calcium requirements. To address
this issue, a four-lesson youth curriculum called Got Calcium?, which
promotes dairy and non-dairy calcium-rich foods, was developed. Two
hundred and thirty-two students and 196 family members participated in
the study. After four lessons, students significantly increased
(p<0.001) their knowledge of calcium and calcium-rich foods. A parent
take-home food frequency form revealed that students’ current intake of
calcium came from dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) products. By the end of
the four lessons, approximately 40 percent to 70 percent of students
selected non-dairy calcium-rich foods (kale, greens, tofu, and salmon)
when planning calcium-rich meals.
Strengthening Families Through Military 4-H Partnerships
Debra A. Jones, Joanne Roueche, Utah State University Extension
Extension, 4-H, and the military have been partners since World War I.
Through the recent decade, the U.S. Army, Air Force, and 4-H have
partnered to provide positive youth development on military
installations involving over 7,000 youth in 4-H clubs in the U.S. and
abroad. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, a new initiative
extends this same support to military youth and families who are not
affiliated with military installations, but who are dispersed in rural,
urban, and suburban communities across the nation through the National
Guard and Reserve. All youth involved through military outreach are
enrolled as 4-H members through their respective counties. As the
program becomes more widely known, counties integrate these youth in
local, state, regional, and national 4-H activities and events. Authors
share their experience developing relationships, implementing positive
youth development programs, and explain how these successful actions
resulted in funding sources for increased outreach.
Youth Teaching Youth: Evaluation of the Alcohol/Tobacco Decisions
cross-age teaching program
Carly Emil, Jodi Dworkin, Carol Skelly, University of Minnesota Extension
The Alcohol/Tobacco Decisions (ATD) program was developed by the
Extension Service in a midwestern state. The program’s unique format of
cross-age teaching uses local high school students to instruct
fourth-grade students, rather than the typical teacher-to-student
format. The ATD program operates under the 4-H model of promoting
positive youth development and older youth teaching younger youth. To
begin to evaluate the effectiveness of the ATD program in changing
students’ knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and advertising, students
completed a pre- and post-test. This pilot evaluation yielded
statistically significant improvements in knowledge in all content
areas. Future directions for evaluation of cross-age teaching programs
Jacquelyn W. McClelland, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Extension Leader,and Nutrition Specialist
Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, CALS, NC State University Campus
Box 7605, 112 Ricks Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7605
Phone: 919-515-9148 FAX: 919-515-2786 Email: jackie_mcclelland(a)ncsu.edu
Department Home Page: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/dept/fcs/faculty/jmcclell.html
Editor-In-Chief, The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues (FFCI)
Author: Give Your Heart a Healthy Beat!
Attached and below is a description of the two tenure-track positions
available here at Texas Tech. I would greatly appreciate it if you
could disseminate this to doctoral students and others who may be
Debra B. Reed, PhD, LD, RD
Dept. of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing
College of Human Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1162
Texas Tech University
Department of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing
Application Due: Open until filled (review of
applicants will begin 11/1/ 2007)
Type: nine months, Tenure-track
Position Availability: 1/1/2008 or 9/1/2008 (negotiable)
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications
Minimum Qualifications and Responsibilities:
Assistant/Associate Professor: Doctorate in Nutrition or related field,
Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian in the State of Texas (within
three months of hire). Candidates should have commitment to and
experience with university teaching and be able to teach a variety of
undergraduate and graduate courses in food and nutrition to support the
Didactic Program in Dietetics and other major/minors in Nutritional
Sciences. A demonstrated ability to establish a focused research
program, secure external funding, and publish in peer-reviewed journals
is required. Preferred areas of interest include obesity, diabetes, and
chronic disease prevention and interventions, wellness or other areas
that complement existing strengths in the department. Experience in
multidisciplinary collaborations for academics and research is desired.
The new faculty member will be expected to participate in graduate
student research committees and other departmental, college, and
Application: Apply at www.depts.ttu.edu/personnel. Click on
Applicants, then the employment website. Create an application for
position number 74466 or 74459. The position is also available through
the search postings feature. Include with the completed application a
letter of application, vita, copy of transcripts (official transcripts
will be required upon appointment), and the contact information (name,
address, telephone number, and email address) of three references.
For additional information, contact Dr. Debra B. Reed (806-742-3068 or
"A new code that would restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods to children
has been proposed by two international lobby groups who claim the food
industry is failing to self-regulate, especially in developing countries.
The International Obesity Taskforce (HYPERLINK
Consumers International (CI) have jointly developed the International Code
on Marketing of Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Children, which they
plan to present to the World Health Assembly next month."
Lauren Swann, MS, RD, LDN HYPERLINK
Concept Nutrition, Inc. HYPERLINK
4201 Neshaminy Blvd PMB 206 Bensalem, PA 19020
215-639-1203 CELL 267-288-8563 FAX 215-604-0156
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A while back, I asked for leads for pictures of nutrient deficiencies for
a coworker. I'm happy to report two possible sources for those of you
that might be able to use them in your programs.
My coworker, Kelly Fisher, RD, discovered an answer to her own question in
the Public Health Image Library of the Department of Health and Human
Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website at
Here is some information Kelly put together for me to share with you: The
web-site will take you to the home page of the Public Health Image Library
(PHIL) where there is an area to search for pictures, illustrations, or
videos. Down at the bottom under each picture it will discuss copyright
restrictions... if it says "none," they are public domain pictures and
available for anyone to use (just cite the picture according to their
directions)... if there are restrictions on a picture, you'll have to
contact that individual or group for permission.
After getting source one to share from Kelly, I discovered a possible
second source -- the image library of the National Library of Medicine of
the National Institutes of Health at http://wwwihm.nlm.nih.gov/
These must be ordered (I couldn't determine from Web site if there was a
charge -- however, there is a contact email address) and information about
reproduction rights is cited as unknown for some.
Hope these are helpful to everyone!
Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County
444 Cherrycreek Rd., Ste. A, Lincoln, NE 68528 USA
ahennema(a)unlnotes.unl.edu 402/441-7180 Fax: 402/441-7148
FOOD Web site: http://lancaster.unl.edu/food
PowerPoints & handouts: http://lancaster.unl.edu/food/resources.shtml
The Social Marketing Division is pleased to announce the second Telephone
DATE: May 13, 2008
TIME: 1:30 - 3:00 EST
TOPIC: A Glance into the changing World of Social Marketing and Toolbox of
Online Marketing Techniques.
PRESENTERS: Dr. Nurgul Fitzgerald and Ms. Joanne Kinsey, Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey
Dr. Fitzgerald is a registered dietician and Extension Specialist at Rutgers
University. She is the co-investigator at The Center for Eliminating Health
Disparities Among Latinos in Connecticut and a co-principal investigator of
the state-wide healthy lifestyle initiative, Get Moving - Get Healthy New
Jersey. She serves at the Board of Editors of the Journal of Nutrition
Education and Behavior, and hold leadership positions within the National
Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences , and New Jersey
Diabetes Advisory Coalition.
Ms. Kinsey is the County Agent and Assistant Professor at Rutgers
University. She is also the co-founder of the P-20 Coalition of Southern NJ
and the NJ Institute for School, Family & Community Partnerships. Her areas
of specialization are community relations with educational institutions,
instructional technology, curriculum development, nutrition & wellness
education, and school to career programming. She has served on the New
Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards Task for Health & Physical
Education and the Review Committee for the Workplace Readiness Standards.
In order to register for the Telephone Seminar please contact Leslie
Beckstrom via email Beckstrom(a)cahs.colostate.edu or via telephone
970-491-6763. Please provide your name, title, organization, email address
and telephone number.
Social Marketing Division
Shailja Mathur M.S., M.Ed.
Senior Program Coordinator
State Nutrition Support Network &
Middlesex County EFNEP/FSNE
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of NJ
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick NJ 08901
This article appeared in PRWeek mid-April - thought it might be of
interest to nutrition educators.
Liz Marr, MS, RD
Translating nature, science and industry through dynamic communications
USDA spurs firms to use food pyramid in promos
Ted McKenna <http://www.prweekus.com/Ted-McKenna/author/111/>
April 18 2008 (online), April 21, 2008 (print)
WASHINGTON: The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Center for
Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) is launching a new campaign to
encourage its partners to use its iconic food pyramid for their own
The campaign, called Partnering with MyPyramid: Corporate Challenge, is
open to any and all companies and their PR firms interested in
incorporating the tenets of the pyramid into their own self-promotion,
said CNPP executive director Dr. Brian Wansink, author of the bestseller
Mindless Eating and a marketing professor currently on leave of absence
from Cornell University. The food pyramid was updated in 2005 to include
exercise as part of guidelines for healthy living.
The CNPP will formally announce the initiative at a June 10 press
conference that will feature companies that have already partnered with
the campaign. Those participants include ConAgra, the Food Marketing
Institute, Stop & Shop/Giant, Campbell Soup, US Potato Board, Grain
Foods Foundation, Del Monte Foods, General Mills, and Burger King.
Porter Novelli is assisting the CNPP on communications work.
Burger King, for example, which works with Edelman, will include
MyPyramid in online and in-store marketing and health information.
Another participant, an online entertainment company titled Nourish
Interactive, created and launched an online educational game for kids
called Chef Sous and the Food Pyramid Adventure.
An "action kit" for others interested in joining is available at
Jackie Haven, CNPP's director of customer outreach and marketing, noted
that the 2005 launch of the site received about 4.6 billion hits in the
first few days, and is second only to the IRS as the most visited
government Web site.
CNPP director of public affairs John Webster noted that the pyramid is
not copyrighted, so any company or individual could technically use or
alter it any way they want. With a few exceptions, that has not
There are no costs associated with the use of the food pyramid, although
communications plans must be submitted to the CNPP for approval, to
ensure they keep within the spirit of the guidelines of the pyramid.
Apart from the food and restaurant industries, the campaign seeks to
attract companies from all sectors, including video game makers and
others in the high-tech world. CNPP is targeting companies that appeal
to a younger demographic and are experienced in communicating with
audiences online and in other techniques.
Video games could incorporate messages about exercise, for example, or
an online-content provider could send opt-in notices to eat more fruit
and vegetables, Wansink said, adding that apparel companies have also
expressed interest in participating.
"I'm a big believer that companies can be a big part of the solution,"
he said. "Some companies [fear] that they'll be told that this is 'too
little, too late.' But it's not. This is a chance to get this message
out more and more during the day. We'd like to touch people with the
diet guidelines' message where they purchase and prepare foods, and
where they work and play."
Nourish Interactive founder Maggie LaBarbera said the food pyramid is
usually held in high regard by consumers, which makes it a good
centerpiece for a campaign. When the message comes from multiple
industries, it helps the initiative, she added.
"They say a person has to see a message seven times before they start to
pay attention to it," she noted. "So the more we come together and allow
people to see a message, the more people begin to understand the
message, rather than look past it."
Please see the request below. If you can be of any assistance, please
follow up directly.
From: Vero Sueldo [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 5:25 PM
Hi, I'm from Argentina I'm doing my last work to finish my Nutrition degree
and I want to ask you for any information about "Ketogenic diet and
convulsions", if you can help me sending me any information I will thank you
Looking for the nearest response,
>ASDAH CONFERENCE 2008
>Making the Shift to the
>Health At Every Size Paradigm:
>Personally, Publicly and Professionally
>ASDAH 2008 CONFERENCE: JULY 12 - 14, 2008
>Incorporating a holistic approach, this year's ASDAH conference theme
>seeks to engage all aspects of how individuals and organizations make the
>shift to the HAES paradigm. Professionals from a variety of disciplines -
>health-related, academic, organizational, and socio-cultural - will have
>the opportunity to both present and benefit from a wide range of
>programming. Once again we will overlay the ASDAH Conference and the NAAFA
>Convention to provide an excellent opportunity to network together and
>support both organizations.
>ASDAH will also offer a half-day Symposium (co-sponsored by NAAFA) on
>Friday, July 11: HAES 101, The Basics: What, Why and How to Promote
>Positive Health Practices. This symposium will address the basic
>principles and history of HAES and present an overview of how to put HAES
>into practice in a variety of professions and fields of interest. An
>afternoon lunch and intensive workshop for clinicians will be available
>following the Symposium. While designed primarily for professionals new to
>the HAES paradigm and local to the Los Angeles area, those attending
>either the NAAFA Convention or ASDAH Conference will be able attend the
>morning Symposium as part of their convention/conference package
>LOCATION: Los Angeles Airport Marriott
>ADDRESS: 5855 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles CA
>ASDAH CONFERENCE COST: $295 per person, includes one-year renewal
>membership fee for current members.
>Co-Event Discount: Conference is $225 if also attending NAAFA Convention
>EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT(REGISTER BY MAY 5, 2008): $25 off your ASDAH
>NEW MEMBERS FEE: $30 (special Conference discount rate. Can be purchased
>with Conference registration or on site any time during the Conference)
>Hotel Info: Travel and hotel accommodations are NOT included in Conference
>fees. Make hotel reservations online at
>or call 1-800-228-9290. The code for NAAFA/ASDAH rate of $99/night is: NAANAAA
>All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion that may be used
>to prove attendance at the conference.
>State of California
>Continuing Education credits (CE) will be available for Master's level
>Marriage, Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers through
>the Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE credit is sponsored by Health
>Psychology Associates, BBS provider # (PEC3153). A small, additional fee
>will be charged for the processing of CE paperwork that is required by the
>Dietitians - Continuing professional education is sponsored by the
>Commission on Dietetic Registration. No additional fee is required.
>Psychologists - At this time, continuing education credits are not
>available in the state of California.
>SYMPOSIUM & CLINICAL INTENSIVE: Friday, July 11
>NOTE: Pre-registration is required in order to attend the Symposium and
>Questions? Call ASDAH toll-free at: 877-576-1102 or email
>SYMPOSIUM: HAES 101 The Basics
>What, Why and How to Promote Positive Health Practices
>Presented by ASDAH, co sponsored by NAAFA
>DATE & TIME: July 11, 2008, 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
>LOCATION: Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles CA
>COST FOR COMMUNITY PROFESSIONALS: $65, includes 4 CEUs and Continental
>Following the Symposium
>DATE & TIME: 1:30 3:30 p.m. Includes box lunch and 2 additional CEUs
>COST: additional $30 for all attending, attendance at the Symposium is a
>Joanne P. Ikeda, MA,RD
>Nutritional Sciences Department
>University of California
>1777 View Drive
>San Leandro, CA 94577
Joanne P. Ikeda, MA,RD
Nutritional Sciences Department
University of California
1777 View Drive
San Leandro, CA 94577
Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline is hiring two more people to
join our national team that supports community partners in providing
effective chef-led nutrition education to low-income families across the
country. For more information on Operation Frontline, visit
The two job descriptions are attached and we are looking to hire as soon
as possible. The positions are:
1) National Manager, Curriculum and Training - We are looking for
someone with a culinary background to work on curriculum development,
volunteer training, and assistance for local program staff.
2) National Coordinator, AmeriCorps and Program Systems - We are looking
for a detail-oriented person, ideally with AmeriCorps experience, to
manage a variety of projects that ensure that local programs have the
resources that they need to run effective courses.
Operation Frontline will be growing dramatically in the next few years
and we are looking for motivated people dedicated to helping families
get the most nutrition out of their limited budgets to join our
friendly, fun, and committed team!
Director, Operation Frontline
Share Our Strength
Working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. www.strength.org
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