SNE and F&NSPEC listserv members: **Apologies for any duplicate messages**
I am hoping some of you may be able to point me toward information I think must be out there...but that I haven't been able to find!
I've seen both "Food Inc." and "Fresh" - two recently released documentaries about the contemporary U.S. food system, with emphasis on serious problems created by factory farms and other practices common within large-scale agricultural operations. These are powerful and thought-provoking films, and they put forth - visually and orally - some critical issues (health, ethical, environmental to name just a few) for all to consider.
That said, I am also interested in viewers who may question some of the perspectives/facts shared in either or both of these films. As I said above, I know the films raise critical issues, but I sense that some of the films' generalities might be overstated. (Admittedly, I may be wrong in this, but I'd like a broader foundation for evaluation than just my own inadequate knowledge base!)
Thanks, in advance, for any insights you could share with me and/or any references/websites/etc. you could point me toward.
Suzanne Pelican, MS, RD
Food & Nutrition Specialist / WIN Wyoming Coordinator
Family & Consumer Sciences
University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
Dept. 3354, 1000 E. University
Laramie, WY 82071
307-766-5177; fax: 307-766-5686
Attached is a press release announcing SNE's report State of Nutrition Education and Promotion for Children and Adolescents.
Please forward it to friends and colleagues who would also be interested in reading it and using it to help justify the need for more nutrition education.
Nicole Turner-Ravana, MS
Strategic Nutrition Communications LLC
“Talking Food, Inspiring Health"
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!
Dear Higher Ed. Division members,
I've attached a flier on student events and other features of interest to
students and young professionals at the upcoming SNE conference. Please
share this information with your students who will be attending or may be
interested in attending. The flier is both in Publisher and pdf for those
who don't have Publisher.
Rena Quinton PhD. RD, LDN
Chair: Higher Ed. Division
Assistant Professor/ Director Dietetic Internship
Imaculata, PA 19345
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Margo Wootan <mwootan(a)cspinet.org>
> Date: November 30, 2009 2:49:07 PM EST
> To: nanacoalition(a)cspinet.org
> Subject: Fw: promising results for obesity reduction in TX
> New study attached below:
> County-level data supported the statistically significant decreases
> noted in the El Paso region. The reduction of child obesity levels
> observed in the El Paso area is one of the few examples of effective
> programs and policies based on a population-wide survey: in this
> region, a local foundation funded extensive regional implementation
> of community programs for obesity prevention, including an evidence-
> based elementary school-based health promotion program (CATCH),
> adult nutrition and physical activity programs, and a radio and
> television advertising campaign.
> (See attached file: Hoelscher Obesity 2009 SPAN El Paso regional
If you have any Braille nutrition materials you are able to share for a 5th grader or sources of these materials, please share them. Many thanks. Ellen
Associate State Nutrition Specialist
Curriculum and Staff Training Coordinator
Family Nutrition Education Programs
University of Missouri
Human Environmental Sciences
1205 University Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211-6210
Nutrition and Lifeskills for Missouri Families
More Low Income New Yorkers Accessing Healthful Foods:
Council Funding of EBT Machines shows huge gains at the City’s Greenmarkets
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council on the Environment of NYC (CENYC) Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen, New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) Executive Director Joel Berg, CENYC EBT Coordinator Alexis Stevens, and local farmers Ana Angel and Martin Rodriguez today released a report highlighting a dramatic increase in the use of food stamps at the city’s Greenmarkets. This year food stamp purchases at Greenmarkets have more than doubled, growing from $100,772 in 2008 to $226,469 in 2009. In September alone, food stamp usage went from $25,415 in 2008 to an incredible $62,816 in 2009. In addition, over 80% of total food stamp dollars were used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
Press Release | EBT 2009 Report | Farmer's Market Progress Report
Dr. Alice Spangler asked that I send to the list the attached Call for Papers for an issue of the Family and consumer Sciences Research Journal. Please respond as directed in the document rather than sending replies to the listserv.
Please contact her if you have questions. aspangle(a)bsu.edu<mailto:email@example.com>
Linda T. Drake, M.S.
Nutritionist and Program Director
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
3624 Horsebarn Rd. Extension
Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-4017
This morning, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is releasing a
new report on food marketing to children.
The report includes two studies. The first examined the nutritional
quality of the products that companies that participate in the Council of
Better Business Bureaus' Children's Food and Beverage Advertising
Initiative (CFBAI) identified as appropriate to market to children
* We found that the majority (59%) of pledge-approved products do
not meet CSPI's nutrition standards. The percentage of foods that meet
the standards varied across companies, from 0% to 100%.
The second study is of food advertising on Nickelodeon, the most popular
children’s television station. We found that ads for foods of poor
nutritional quality decreased slightly between 2005 and 2009, from about
nine in ten (88%) to eight in ten (79%) food ads. The decrease was not
* One-quarter of Nickelodeon’s TV food ads were from companies
that do not participate in the CFBAI. Almost no ads from non-CFBAI
companies met CSPI's recommended nutrition standards for food marketing to
children, while 28% of ads from CFBAI companies met the standards.
The report recommends:
The Council of Better Business Bureaus should revise its CFBAI guidelines
to include a set of nutrition standards, which all participating companies
comply with, such as those being developed by the Interagency Working
Group on Food Marketed to Children.
Chuck E. Cheese’s, Perfetti van Melle (maker of Air Heads candy), IHOP
restaurants, Topps Candy (maker of Baby Bottle Pop candy), YUM! Brands
(KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut), and all other food and beverage companies
that market to children – through television or any other media – should
join the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative.
Nickelodeon and other media companies should have comprehensive policies
for marketing to children that cover all their media and should air only
ads aimed at children for foods that meet strong nutrition standards
Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc.
Director, Nutrition Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
Attached are the recipes and prices for a healthy Holiday dinner.
Prices are from local stores here in Iowa which apparently are
significantly lower that other states.
Please feel free to use as you wish.
Peggy Martin, MS, RD
State Coordinator EFNEP/FNP
104 MacKay, Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011