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
Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2009
Prepared by the Society for Nutrition Education Advisory Committee for Public Policy
Child Nutrition Reauthorization Subcommittee
Materials from the Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2009 Session
On Sunday, July 19th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm EST
In preparation for 2009 Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which is due to expire September 30th, 2009, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is soliciting public input on:
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC),
National School Lunch Program,
School Breakfast Program,
Child and Adult Care Food Program,
Summer Food Service Program,
WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program,
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and
Special Milk Program.
The reauthorization process provides Congress with a regular opportunity to: 1) examine the operation and effectiveness of the Federal nutrition assistance programs; and
2) consider making improvements to their statutory structure under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.
SNE was fortunate to have its own special opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the USDA at the SNE Annual Conference, Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2009 Session on Sunday 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
An aspect of this session was to learn what SNE, through the Advisory Committee on Public Policy’s (ACPP) Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) Subcommittee, is formulating to help guide SNE’s recommendations and strategies as the CNR progresses. Please see attached presentation and recommendations to learn more.
Over 60 diversity stakeholders and SNE members attended this session to take advantage of this exclusive chance to provide input to the ACPP on critical nutrition programs.
During and after the session, the CNR subcommittee welcomed member input and dialog to enhance and modify SNE’s priorities. Please see attached excel sheet for participants' feedback, along with attached Session minutes.
If you were unable to attend the Annual Conference or this session, please feel free to share your concerns or comments with the CNR subcommittee co-chairs, Marilyn Briggs (marilynbriggs(a)sbcglobal.net) and Sheila Fleischhacker (flyluxc00(a)hotmail.com).
We look forward to your help in strengthening the CNR process to ultimately improve nutrition assistance programs.
We are indebted to our subcommittee (and always looking to recruit new members):
Marilyn Briggs, MS, RD
University of California, Davis
Fern Estrow, MS, RD, CDN
The FGE Food & Nutrition Team
Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD
NIH-UNC Interdisciplinary Obesity Center
Tracy A. Fox, MPH, RD
Food, Nutrition, & Policy Consultants, LLC
Geraldine Henchy, MPH, RD
Food Research & Action Center
Toni Liquori, EdD, MPH
Liquori and Associates, LLC
Michigan State University
Judy Schure, MS
Colorado Department of Education
Kat Soltanmorad, RD
Orange Unified School District
To gather essential public input and program assessment, the USDA regional offices is hosting listening sessions; upcoming sessions are:
Baltimore, MD San Francisco, CA
August 6, 2008, 8:30 am to 2 pm August 6, 2008, 10 am to 3 pm
Enoch Pratt Library Auditorium San Francisco Federal Building
Atlanta, GA Chicago, IL
August 20, 2008, 9 am to 1 pm September 10, 2008, 1 pm to 4 pm
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center FNS Midwest Regional Office Conf. Center
September 11, 2008, 9 am to 1 pm
The Colorado History Museum
For those unable to attend, a notice of the request for comments was published in the Federal Register on May 20, 2008, with details on how to submit comments by postal mail or through a courier, no later than October 15, 2008. You may also submit comments electronically through regulations.gov or fax 703-305-2879.
The CNR subcommittee is interested in tracking all member submissions. Also, please look for further information from our subcommittee on tips for written and oral comments. Furthermore, in the coming months, we will be asking for members via SNEEZE to share stories and examples that will help provide rationale to SNE’s recommendations and comment submission.
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We invite you to attend the 31st Annual National Food Policy Conference.
The conference will be held September 8-9, 2008 at the Renaissance
Washington DC Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. For complete information on
the conference and to register online, please click on the link below.
If you are unable to click on the hyperlink above please copy and paste the
following into your web browser:
If you need further information on the conference please contact Sally
Karwowski at HYPERLINK
"mailto:email@example.com"skarwowski(a)consumerfed.org or call
Tracy A. Fox, MPH, RD
President, Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants, LLC
5927 Beech Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20817
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I am looking for a definition for "breakfast". In reviewing the literature
it seems nothing standard exists. Any help you can provide is appreciated.
Please reply to me at: dicarson(a)tamu.edu.
Jewell L. Taylor National Graduate Fellow
MS Nutritional Sciences
PhD Candidate, Nutrition
Texas A&M University
Reply to: dicarson(a)tamu.edu
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the
life that is waiting for us. (Joseph Campbell)
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
This week's issue of Time magazine has an article on inner-city farms and vertical farming -
strategies being used (and proposed) to increase persons' access to fresh, locally grown produce.To access the article, go to: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1826271,00.html Also, see their photo gallery - Cities in the US and abroad trying to grow more food locally: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1825907,00.html For example: Boston HarvestThe Food Project in Boston grows nearly a quarter of a million pounds of food without chemical pesticides, donating half to local shelters and selling the remainder at farmers' markets in disadvantaged neighborhoods or through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop 'shares.' Tower of FoodVertical farms like this one envisioned on the Chicago waterfront would grow food closer to where it is consumed, thus eliminating much of the fuel and transportation costs. Best regards,Chris McCullum-Gomez
We have an opening for a PhD RD who has clinical experience here at Rush
University in Chicago, IL. I have attached the position announcement. If
any one has questions they can call me. ksk
Kathryn S. Keim, PhD, RD, LDN
Associate Professor, Clinical Nutrition
Rush University/Rush University Medical Center
Food and Nutrition Services
1653 West Congress Parkway (postal)
1700 West VanBuren, Ste 425 (delivery)
Chicago, IL 60612
Does anyone have a web-based training in basic concepts in nutrition that
you use for your FSNE nutrition educators' orientation or update? We have
used the LSU Eat Smart Lessons. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Karen Hudson, M.Ed.,R.D.,L.D.
Family Nutrition Program
Dept of Human Nutrition
K-State Research and Extension
201 Justin Hall, KSU
Manhattan, Kansas 66506-1407
FAX: 785- 532-1674
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural
Active Living Research-New Connections Call for Proposal!
New Connections grants through Active Living Research provide funding to
junior investigators, from historically underrepresented and disadvantaged
communities, including racial/ethnic minorities, first-generation college
graduates, and those from low-income communities. Junior Investigators must
have earned their doctorate after September 1, 2001. Grantees will also gain
valuable mentorship and training experiences to assist them in the early
stages of their careers.
Interested in using policy and environmental strategies to study obesity
prevention and reduction among children and adolescents? In search of
mentoring, networking, and training opportunities? This Call for Proposals
offers research and publication grants- coupled with a community of support,
advice, and collaboration. Five research grants of $50,000 (12-18 months)
and three publication grants of $12,000 (12 months) will be awarded. Time is
running out! Please forward to those who you think may be interested.
An applicant teleconference will be held this Wednesday, July 30, 2008 from
1-2:30 p.m. PST. Please note FAQ's will be posted on the website, but a
recording of the conference will NOT be available.
Applications are due by 1pm PST on Thursday, August 28, 2008.
For more information about the Active Living Research- New Connections CFP,
please visit: <http://www.rwjf-newconnections.org/HomeActi-5825.html>
For more information about New Connections and other funding opportunities
please visit <http://www.rwjf-newconnections.org/>