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!
I received a request from a school nurse who has a student with numerous
problems with food -- unable to eat food away from home and only willing
to eat a very limited selection of foods. He has autism and is high
functioning. These concerns are related to his autism.
Does anyone have a suggestion on where his mother might be able to find
assistance with these issues? They have seen a nutritionist, but
because that person was not versed on the unique characteristics of
autistic spectrum disorders, it did not yield positive results. This
will probably require someone how knows about strategies that will
address his sensory aversions and/or his social behavior deficits.
Thanks for any ideas or resources you may know.
Carol C. Schlitt MS, CFCS
Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
University of Illinois Extension
Edwardsville Extension Center
200 University Park Drive, Suite 280
Edwardsville, IL 62025-3649
email: cschlitt(a)illinois.edu <mailto:email@example.com>
Interim Associate Regional Director
University of Illinois Extension
Southern Regional Office
4202 Williamson Place, Suite 2
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Email: cschlitt(a)illinois.edu <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart, Living Well
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Food System's and Public Health: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition Special Issue
The webinar "Food System's and Public Health: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities" is now available at http://foodandsociety.blip.tv/file/3268439/.
Note: If you have challenges viewing the webinar, go to the bliptv Help tab at the top of the page to assure updated software.
In addition, check out the articles in the special issue of the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition (Volume 4, Issues 3 & 4) at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/WHEN (click on Online Contents on the right)
"Food Systems and Public Health: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities," a recent double issue of the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition (JHEN), bridges food systems and public health by identifying successful research, programs and policies within agriculture, food, and health to advance a food system that supports healthier diets and reduced obesity. Spearheaded by Mary Story, PhD, RD, of the University of Minnesota, Michael Hamm, PhD, of Michigan State University, and David Wallinga, MD, of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, this dynamic collection of articles is the outcome of a conference held in April 2009 that focused on the food system, food, agriculture, and agriculture policy—a discussion which is central to healthy diets and obesity prevention.
The conference was sponsored and funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.
Listen to an overview of this issue, a discussion on the state of the science, and an exploration of policy opportunities to develop healthier diets and healthier communities. Featured speakers:
• Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD, Consultant, IATP Food and Society Fellow, and HEN/ADA Managing Editor
• David Wallinga, MD, MPA, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
• Michael Hamm, PhD, Michigan State University
Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD
Environmental Nutrition Solutions
An ecological approach to food and health
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Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
I've been trying to locate strong research which might correlate
involvement of children with food preparation /cooking with their
dietary habits or diet quality .
I'd very much appreciate any info which might help .
Thanks in advance!
Special Scientist of Human Nutrition
Department of Agricultural Sciences,
Biotechnology & Food Science,
Cyprus University of Technology
Visiting Lecturer of Health Ed.
European University Cyprus
Personal contact details:
28 Kronos street
Ayios Dhometios 2369
Cyprus Food Virtual Museum
I am planning a visit in March to Guatemala, in order to study
and photograph the foods that are eaten there, for presentation to
nutrition/dietetics students in a cultural foods course. Would
anyone know of a dietitian or nutritionist in Guatemala that I could
meet with and learn more about the nutrition work that is being done
in the country and the eating habits of the people?
Many thanks in advance for any assistance.
Althea Engle, MS, RD, CDN
Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences
Bronx, NY 10468
I have a request for multicultural pyramids (picture with foods,
hopefully labelled) for ethnic groups such as Asian, African
American, Puerto Rican, Mexican, etc. I vaguely remember seeing
these from a midwestern Extension group. If you have a suggestion
for access of these, please sent it to.
Much thanks, Jill
Jill Patterson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of nutrition
Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
122 Chandlee Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
SNEEZE members and friends,
The planning committee of the American Community Gardening Association
invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the Childhood Obesity
Pre-conference at the 31st Annual American Community Gardening
Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on Aug 5, 2010.
Pre-conference Theme: "Growing Healthy Children, From the Ground Up!"
Time line: Proposals are DUE on March 19, 2010. Abstract Proposals
will be reviewed by a selection committee and notice of selection is
anticipated by April 09, 2010. See attached forms.
We welcome your proposals and participation. SAVE THE DATE American
Community Gardening Association's 31st Annual Conference Aug 5-9, 2010
Atlanta, GA. www.communitygarden.org/
FYI - from FoodNavigator.com
How characters can help children eat healthily
>From Disney to Tony the Tiger, consumer groups have been campaigning hard to break the links between childhood icons and unhealthy foods. But furry friends and super-heroes are now putting in more of an appearance on healthy products... Read
The capacity for children’s eating habits to be swayed by association with characters was researched in 1997, when a team from the University of Bangor in Wales invented the Food Dudes. A group of 200 children were shown videos and other marketing materials featuring the characters, who invited them to eat fruit and vegetables in order to help in the fight against the Junk Food Junta.
The children were rewarded with t-shirts, caps, stickers and ultimately a family outing. But the results in terms of dietary change were astounding. The researchers reported that agreement to eat was increased to 100 per cent for some fruits and vegetables, and remained high even six months after the Food Dudes had disappeared from their lives.
The findings were published in the British Food Journal in 1998 (DOI: 10.1108/00070709810207496).