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!
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:firstname.lastname@example.org>, NIFA Nutrition and Health Committee for Planning and Guidance Committee (communications subcommittee chair)
Thanks and take care! Ellen
See attached and forward on...
Nutrition & Health Education Specialists. Duties include providing nutrition, health, food safety, food resource management, and physical activity education to communities and families.
Four positions currently available as follows
* Vacancy 100280 located in east central Missouri Warren County (Warrenton)
* Vacancy 100282 located in northeast Missouri (Memphis, Unionville,or Milian TBD)
* Vacancy 100283 located in northwest Missouri Nodaway County (Maryville)
* Vacancy 100284 located in southwest Missouri Dallas County (Buffalo)
Starting salary: $36,500-46,500 plus University of Missouri benefits
Minimum qualifications: An earned master's degree in nutrition, dietetics, health, exercise physiology, food science or related area with appropriate coursework exhibited is required. Ability to travel and to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends is required to fulfill assigned responsibilities.
Application Procedure: All interested applicants must submit a cover letter articulating which position(s) you are applying for, current resume, list of 3-5 references, and copies of all academic transcripts to: MU Extension, Human Resource Development, 205 Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. If you have any questions, please call (573) 882-4721 or email hrdext(a)missouri.edu. A complete position description is available at http://extension.missouri.edu/careers. Preference will be given to applications received by October 29, 2010.
Environmental DNA modifications tied to obesity. Chemical modifications to DNA may affect the activity of key genes involved in regulating body weight, a study finds, raising the possibility that scientists could discover environmental factors beyond calorie intake and exercise that influence a person’s size. Science News
Full article is available at: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/63405/title/Environmental_DNA_mo…
For a related resource, see:
Grandjean P, Bellinger D, Bergman A, et al. The Faroes Statement: Human Health Efects of Developmental Exposure to Chemicals in our Environment. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology. 2007;102:73-75. For more information, contact the corresponding author at: pgrand(a)hsph.harvard.edu
Dear SNE and DSFS Members,
Please forward this invitation to constituencies, networks or colleagues - especially to those in Iowa. For more information log on to www.IowaFoodSystemsCouncil.org. This is a great organization that will further advance a food system which supports healthier Iowans, communities, economies and the environment.
Angie Tagtow & Susan Roberts, Co-conveners
Shaping the Future of Iowa’s Food System
Join the Iowa Food Systems Council Today!
Now is the time to help shape the future of Iowa’s food system. The Iowa Food Systems Council (IFSC) is an emerging member-based non-profit organization whose charge is to monitor Iowa’s food and health landscape, to encourage and coordinate connections between food system leaders and decision-makers, and to identify policies, programs and research that cultivate a resilient and sustainable food system - a system which builds a healthier food economy, a healthier environment and healthier Iowans.
The IFSC offers a forum for members to gain a deeper understanding of the total food system, its web of interdependence, and the issues needing addressed for the benefit of all concerned. It’s a place to find common ground and partners to deal with ssues effectively. Anyone can be a member - from businesses and organizations to government agencies and individuals.
Iowa has a just and diverse food system which supports healthier people, communities, economies and the environment.
To recommend policy, research and program options for an Iowa food system which supports healthier Iowans, communities, economies and the environment.
Be a Founding Member
Join today and enjoy the following benefits of a founding IFSC member:
Be a voice in an Iowa organization focused on cultivating a food system that supports the health of Iowans, communities, economies and environment which is broadly based to cultivate a variety of views and all sectors of the Iowa food system
Receive regular electronic communications on food system issues and events in Iowa
Vote on member issues and for the 17-member IFSC Board of Directors
Run for a position on the IFSC Board of Directors.
Lend your expertise on a variety of working groups focused on monitoring the gaps, needs and opportunities across the food system
Provide input on food system policy, program and research recommendations of the IFSC
Participate in IFSC member meetings and networking events
Receive registration discounts to IFSC conferences and food system educational opportunities
Enjoy access to reports, publications and educational materials
Interact with state regulatory agencies
Receive recognition as a founding member
And, many more member benefits yet to come!
A membership application form can be accessed at http://www.iowafoodsystemscouncil.org/membership/
Please feel free to forward to interested groups and colleagues.
For more information, go to www.IowaFoodSystemsCouncil.org
Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD
Owner, Environmental Nutrition Solutions | www.environmentalnutritionsolutions.com
Cultivating an ecological approach to food and health
Co-convener, Iowa Food Systems Council | www.IowaFoodSystemsCouncil.org
Managing Editor, Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition | www.tandf.co.uk/journals/WHEN
2008-2009 Food & Society Policy Fellow | www.foodandsocietyfellows.org
13464 NE 46th Street, Elkhart, Iowa 50073
This article may be of interest to DINE members and other SNE members who are interested in global hunger issues.
Brazil's Zero Hunger Program Sees Results
I am cleaning for a move and have old issues of JNEB if anyone is interested.
I have almost all issues dating to volume 1, number 1 1969. Not in mint condition. but am willing to give them away
If it is a worthy cause I might pay shipping
Our library isnt interested.
Thought I would offer before I recycle them
Kathryn M Kolasa PhD, RD, LDN
Professor Emeritus. Master Educator.
University Health Systems Nutrition Consultant
Department of Family Medicine; of Pediatrics
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27834
252.744.1358 252.744.3040 Fax kolasaka(a)ecu.edu
The September issue of Cook It Quick with its NEW look is now online at:
There are lots of materials you can use in classes, handouts, blogs, news
articles, etc. ... Hope you enjoy it and find it helpful.
It is posted on our new FOOD website -- we just reached over 100,000 page
views today after about 6 weeks on the web!
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
Visit new FOOD Web site: http://food.unl.edu
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/alicehenneman