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
Apply for a 2009-10 Packer Policy Fellowship
On behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and
Ageing, The Commonwealth Fund is pleased to announce the 2009-10
Packer Policy Fellowship, an Australian-American health policy
The Packer Policy Fellowships offer a unique opportunity for
outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals--academics, physicians,
decision makers in managed care and other private health care
organizations, federal and state health officials, and journalists--to
spend up to 10 months in Australia conducting research and working
with leading Australian health policy experts on issues relevant to
In addition to undertaking original policy research, fellows will
participate in seminars and policy briefings, which include meetings
with senior officials at the commonwealth and state levels,
ministerial officers, service providers, academics, and other
stakeholders in the public and private sectors. At the end of their
tenure, fellows produce a report and present project findings to
senior government officials and policy experts at a final reporting
Interested candidates must submit a formal application, including a
project proposal that falls within an area of mutual policy interest
to Australia and the United States, such as: health care quality and
safety, the private/public mix of insurance and providers, the fiscal
sustainability of health systems, management of health care delivery,
the health care workforce, and investment in preventive care
strategies. U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for eligibility.
The deadline for receipt of applications for the 2009-10 fellowships
is August 15, 2008.
For further information on the 2008-09 Packer Policy Fellowships and
to obtain an application, please see http://www.commonwealthfund.org/fellowships/
. For questions, contact Robin Osborn, The Commonwealth Fund, by
phone, 212-606-3809, or e-mail: ro(a)cmwf.org.
Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD
Food & Society Policy Fellow
Connecting Soil to Food to Health
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
Environmental Nutrition Solutions
An ecological approach to food and health
13464 NE 46th Street
Elkhart, Iowa 50073
I teach an undergraduate community nutrition course to 70+ students. I want to expand the following components and would appreciate any advice or resources you think are particularly good:
Service learning (plan to build this more formally into the 3 credit course)
Thanks so much!
Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, PhD, RD
Colorado State University
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
234 Gifford Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1571
Phone: 970.491.6791; FAX 970.491.3875
I wanted to pass along two job opportunities I heard about. Feel free to forward it to others. Let me know if anyone is interested, and I can put you in touch with the right people.
Lead Nutrition Scientist with Cargill (job description attached)
Global Cargill Food Nutrition team, in Cargill Global Food Research,?PhD in?Nutrition Science with a focus in Lipid Nutrition
up to $120k depending on experience, with 15% bonus
Nutrition position in Connecticut with Pepperidge Farms,?5-10 yrs experience
Nicole Turner-Ravana, MS
Strategic Nutrition LLC
"Helping people promote responsible, effective nutrition."
Are you using new technology or old technology in a new way to promote nutrition education? Then you could have your work showcased at the SNE Annual Conference during the Bee Marks Communications Symposium. A part of this session will share what SNE members are doing to implement new technology into their work.
Send a brief summary of your example along with your name, job title, and where you work to: Nicole(a)StrategicNutrition.org.
Communications Division Chair
Nicole Turner-Ravana, MS
Strategic Nutrition LLC
"Helping people promote responsible, effective nutrition."
I want to extend a personal invitation to my friends and colleagues - to
celebrate with us the official release of my new children's book - Janey
Junkfood's Fresh Adventure! - as well as our 25th anniversary of FOODPLAY!
This "FOODPLAY DAY" will be at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in
Amherst, MA, on Saturday, June 7th. (If any of you will be in the area -
it's a beautiful time of year here in Western Mass!)
The day will feature - "Fun, Food, Books, and Theater". There will be two
performances of FOODPLAY (our national touring live theater show featuring
juggling, colorful characters, music, magic, and audience participation to
turn kids on to healthy eating and exercise habits) - at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.;
book signings with meeting and greeting the author (me!) and illustrator,
Fran Schneid, and tastings of some delicious and nutritious kid-friendly
snacks featured in the book.
The program is free with museum admission, and it's a cool museum!
For an email invite, please click:
For a flier to post, please click:
For more info:
Please let me know if you can come!
Best regards, Barbara
Barbara Storper, MS, RD
Founder, Executive Director
FoodPlay Productions: Turning Kids on to Healthy Habits!
1 Sunset Avenue
Hatfield, MA 01038