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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!
Looking for a resource for parents on childhood obesity? Or training materials? We want YOU to share your materials on a Wiki collaboration page so that others across the country can benefit from them.
When recently surveyed, 94% of state nutrition and health specialists said they wanted a one-stop web page to share timely resources. The NIFA Nutrition and Health Committee for Planning and Guidance Committee has set up a wiki collaboration page at http://collaborate.extension.org/wiki/USDA-NIFA_Nutrition_and_Health_Commit… There is a 3 ½ minute Windows media player introduction video about this webpage and how to submit resources on this website.
How do you submit resources to this wiki page?
· Go to the webpage (see above) and click on the link for the on-line submission form
· If you know of a resource that someone else has developed that you think should be added to the webpage, send an email to Ellen Schuster (link to email address off the wiki main page) and Ellen will follow up on your suggestion.
· Forward this email to a colleague and suggest they submit their resource.
Questions? Feel free to contact Ellen Schuster at schusterer(a)missouri.edu<mailto:email@example.com>, NIFA Nutrition and Health Committee for Planning and Guidance Committee (communications subcommittee chair)
Thanks and take care! Ellen
Hope everyone is having a good week!
Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline is proud to present Eating
Smart from the Start, a hands-on, cooking-based education program for
child care providers serving low-income preschool children. This
professional training program is specially designed to empower providers
to plan, prepare, and serve healthy meals and create a healthy food
environment for the kids in their care. Each of its five modules offer
child care providers hands-on practice in the kitchen, interactive
discussions on ways to make healthy choices about food served to kids,
and strategies to promote positive attitudes about food among kids.
This opportunity is ideal for organizations that are looking to initiate
or expand the training they provide to child care providers.
Eating Smart from the Start is currently offered only through Operation
Frontline's existing program partners. Now, Operation Frontline is
seeking to pilot the program with agencies outside of our traditional
partnerships, with the goal of evaluating the feasibility of forming new
relationships with agencies who would implement only this particular
curriculum out of our suite of seven cooking-based curricula. Selected
pilot partners will receive instructor and participant manuals, branded
incentives to provide to course graduates, a $1,500 grant to cover
incremental costs of the course, and an average of 8 hours of training
and technical assistance. In addition, pilot partners will be able to
provide fun, hands-on nutrition training for child care providers in
their area, using an evidence-based curriculum launched by the
nationally recognized Operation Frontline program. It is our intention
that agencies will continue to implement the program following the pilot
period if desired.
Please see the attached application that includes a FAQs section and
instructions for applicants. Completed applications are to be
submitted, through Share Our Strength's Cybergrants no later than July
If you have any questions regarding the application, please submit them
by email to Leigh Ann Edwards at laedwards(a)strength.org
Please feel free to share with others you think might be interested. We
look forward to receiving your application!
Leigh Ann Edwards, MPH, RD
National Program Operations Director
Operation Frontline a program of Share Our Strength
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Margo Wootan <mwootan(a)cspinet.org>
> Date: June 29, 2010 9:42:50 PM EDT
> To: NANA Coalition <nana(a)cspinet.org>
> Subject: Fw: Announcement: IOM Workshop on Planning a Research
> Agenda for WIC
> From: FNB Announcements [mailto:FNBAnnouncements@nas.edu]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 11:35 AM
> Subject: Announcment: IOM Workshop on Planning a Research Agenda for
> In response to a request from the Food and Nutrition Service of the
> USDA for a workshop on planning a WIC research agenda, the IOM will
> conduct a 2-day public workshop on emerging research needs for the
> Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and
> Children (commonly referred to as the WIC Program). The meeting will
> be held at the St. Gregory Hotel, St Gregory Room, 2033 M Street,
> NW, Washington, DC on July 20th from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and July 21st
> from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.
> Information and registration are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/WICResearchAgenda.aspx
Do you develop programs for early childhood and are trying to incorporate
more physical activity? Are you having trouble with finding activities that
fit into the budget?
The *Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior* (JNEB) currently has a
book titled ‘Purposeful Play’ (by McCall RM & Craft DH) that may be a good
resource for those working in this area. If you would like to add this book
to your library and write a 1 page review/evaluation for JNEB, contact
Kristin Faust (managingeditor(a)jneb.org) or Stacey Krawczyk (
reviewseditor(a)jneb.org) for more details.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eric Davis, Haberman, 612.372.6465, eric(a)modernstorytellers.com
Lindsey Frey, Haberman, 612.372.6449, lindsey(a)modernstorytellers.com
DECLARE YOUR FOOD INDEPENDENCE THIS JULY 4
A Call for Individuals – and a National Petition to the 50 Governors and Other Elected Officials – to Celebrate Independence Day with Locally Sourced Meals
MINNEAPOLIS (June 14, 2010) – 50 states. 50 governors. 50 first families celebrating July 4 with locally sourced food – that’s the vision of a grassroots group of individuals passionate about the healthful and economic benefits of local food. For the second year, Kitchen Gardeners International is conducting “Food Independence Day” (www.FoodIndependenceDay.org), a petition asking the nation’s 50 governors and thousands of elected officials to help declare their food independence next month by eating a locally sourced meal on Independence Day.
With support from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Food and Society Fellows, the goal of the campaign is to educate and encourage consumers to source local and sustainable ingredients for their holiday meals. And, by requesting that their elected officials do the same, locavores are able to show, not just tell, officials why they think policy that supports local food systems is smart, healthy and patriotic.
The petition is accessible via www.FoodIndependenceDay.org and asks elected officials to “Whet our appetites by publishing your planned menu in advance of the holiday. Share your recipes and the names of the local farmers, fisherfolk and food producers whose ingredients you’ll be using. And, tell us why local food matters to you.
“As residents of your states and by our signatures below,” the petition continues, “we pledge to join you in this celebration of edible independence by eating healthy and delicious foods from our own local farms, gardens, and communities.”
This is the second year Kitchen Gardeners International and IATP have joined to encourage Food Independence on Independence Day among individuals and elected officials. Last year, 10 governors shared their local 4th of July menus, and more than 5,000 individuals signed the petition and pledge. Including last year’s signatures, more than 6,000 have already signed for 2010.
“Food Independence Day easily illustrates that eating local foods is patriotic, whether you’re buying them from producers in your area or growing some of your own. They’re good for our local farmers, our economies, our health, and our nation,” said Erin MacDougall, an IATP Food and Society Fellow and the Healthy Eating and Active Living Program Manager for Seattle and King County Public Health in Washington State. “Through this effort, we hope to foster enough interest and momentum that our 50 governors, their families and communities across the nation will take note and enjoy their July 4 celebrations by feasting on local produce, meats, beverages and desserts from their region. In doing so, we hope they set an example for and encourage their constituents to do the same.”
For more information and to sign to the petition, individuals can visit the Facebook site accessible through http://foodindependenceday.org/.
Once on the site, participants can share details, photos, menus and locations of their own locally sourced 4th of July meals. Organizers will submit the petitions to governors the final week of June, in the days leading up to their July 4 holiday.
About Kitchen Gardeners International
KGI is a nonprofit network of over 10,000 gardeners from 100 countries who are working together to help individuals, families, and communities achieve greater levels of food self-reliance through the promotion of kitchen gardening, home-cooking, and sustainable local food systems. In doing so, KGI seeks to connect, serve, and expand the global community of people who grow some of their own food. For more info, see: http://www.kitchengardeners.org/
About the IATP Food and Society Fellows
The IATP Food and Society Fellows Program provides fellowships to professionals in food and agriculture from across North America, enabling them to use mass media channels to inform and shape the public agenda. The goal of the program is to create sustainable food systems that promote good health, vibrant communities, environmental stewardship, worker justice and accessibility for all. Fellows come from many disciplines—chefs, farmers, nutritionists, activists, public health professionals, fishers, policy experts and academics. www.foodandsocietyfellows.org.
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Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD
Environmental Nutrition Solutions
An ecological approach to food and health
13464 NE 46th Street
Elkhart, Iowa 50073
2008-2009 Food & Society Policy Fellow
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
All manuscripts from this special issue are available open access at http://cjres.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol3/issue2/index.dtl.
Excerpt from Editorial Statement: This edition of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society is devoted to examining food system (re)-regionalization—a topic that has exploded in academic and public policy circles over the last 5 years. The growing interest in regionalizing food systems is linked to broader concerns that the conventional agro-industrial food system has not effectively provided a nutritious, sustainable and equitable supply of food to the world's population. Technological innovations have provided cheap food to millions, but there are costs of such a system in terms of soil and water depletion, food safety scares, animal welfare, declining rural communities, rising obesity and diet-related health problems, as well as growing food insecurity. These costs were brought into sharp focus in 2007–2008 when a price surge in world food prices led to food-related riots in over 60 countries.
The majority of the papers in this issue begin with the assumption that the conventional agro-industrial food system is malfunctioning. The interpretation of how broken and what to do about it, however, is where these papers diverge and offer varied perspectives on food system re-regionalization. Papers provide evidence from both the global north and the global south, as well as rural and urban perspectives. They also enlist different conceptual frameworks ranging from urban political ecology to institutional economics. This introduction to the special issue reviews (i) definitions of food system (re)-regionalization, (ii) past and current conceptual perspectives on re-regionalized food systems, (iii) evidence of new institutional arrangements in particular regions and (iv) directions for future research.
Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD
Environmental Nutrition Solutions
An ecological approach to food and health
13464 NE 46th Street
Elkhart, Iowa 50073
2008-2009 Food & Society Policy Fellow
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
I apologize for any cross-posting. The following grant opportunity postings were made available today on the Grants.gov Find Opportunities service:
Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Fellowships
These are for post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellowships. The submission deadline is October 5. Additional details can be found in the RFA.
Etta A. Saltos, Ph.D.
National Program Leader, Human Nutrition
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA
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