The Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior Awards Outstanding Professionals in Nutrition Education
Newswise – Each year, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) recognizes a select group of individuals who have demonstrated great dedication to the advancement of nutrition and health practices and invoke change within their own communities. The company recognized these professionals at the 2021 annual conference: Increase confidence and resilience.
The President’s Award recognizes a member for outstanding service in nutrition education and the SNEB.
Dr. Contento recently retired as Mary Swartz Rose Professor of Nutrition and Education and Director of the Nutrition Program at Teachers College Columbia University, a position she held for 21 years. Dr Contento joined the faculty of Teachers College as an associate professor in 1977 and coordinated the nutrition program from 1985 to 2019. Dr Contento actually defined nutrition education as the lead author of a monograph. on Effective Elements of Nutrition Education, published in the December 1995 issues of the Journal of Nutrition Education, the Society’s peer-reviewed journal. This monograph was used for a decade as a nutrition education manual, before the publication of Dr. Contento Nutrition Education: Linking research theory and practice in 2007. Now in its fourth edition, and co-authored by Pam Koch, EdD, RDN, the text is considered the standard for nutrition education in the context of multidisciplinary understandings of the field.
MID-CAREER PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS AWARD
The Mid-Career Professional Excellence Award is presented to recognize a “mid-career” member of the SNEB for their professional achievements in the field of nutrition education and for their significant contribution to the mission of the SNEB.
Dr Olfert is Associate Professor of Human Nutrition and Food at the University of West Virginia and Principal Investigator for the Olfert Lifestyle Intervention Research Lab. His research focuses on the prevention of chronic diseases through intervention approaches to lifestyle.
Dr Olfert has a record of outstanding achievement with significant contribution to the field of nutrition education. In his nomination, it was noted: “Dr. Olfert is a collegiate scientist who is able to lead and partner with others to tackle nutrition and behavior education projects with a wide reach. This characteristic is supported by its academic results and its ability to raise over $ 17 million, both externally and internally, to support these projects. Most importantly, Dr. Olfert has personally focused his lab team on disseminating the results of these many projects, especially in the Appalachian region. She has more than 104 manuscripts including 47 as first author or main author.
BEGINNER PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS AWARD
The SNEB Early Professional Achievement Award is presented to recognize an SNEB member who has made notable contributions to the field of nutrition education and to the mission of SNEB during the early stages of their career.
Mateja Savoie Roskos is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program in Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences at Utah State University (USU). Mateja’s main research focuses on farmers’ market incentives, SNAP-Ed nutrition education, and food insecurity. The data she collected for her thesis, The Role of Farmers Market Incentives and Nutrition Education on the Fruit and Vegetable Intake of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participants, was included in grant applications, specifically the USDA grant. Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI), which helped launch incentives in farmers’ markets across the state of Utah.
SNEB NUTRITION EDUCATION RESEARCH AWARD
The SNEB Nutrition Education Research Prize will be awarded to recognize outstanding research achievements in the field of nutrition education.
Dr. Amy Mobley is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida (UF). His research objective is to understand the multiple influences on eating behavior and to develop corresponding interventions to improve health, particularly in underserved populations. As the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Nutrition Education and Behavioral Sciences Research Laboratory at UF, she aims to integrate research, teaching and outreach to improve programs and policies related to human health. nutrition.
Dr Mobley has helped raise more than $ 11 million in external grants as a principal investigator and co-investigator from sponsors including the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, and Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut for its research and other projects. in which she was involved. To disseminate her research results, she has presented more than 30 times at local, state, regional, national or international meetings or conferences.
CAPP HEALTH PROMOTION POLICY AWARD
To recognize the efforts of others to shape and promote policies that promote health or healthy lifestyles, the Public Policy Advisory Committee of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior sponsors “Health Promotion Policy” awards. These awards will be presented to individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to the creation and / or implementation of policies or policy-based changes that support and have a positive impact on the food environment and / or physical activity.
A long-time active member of the SNEB, Dr Wootan is one of the most accomplished nutrition educators and advocates in the field. In the 25 years since graduating from Cornell University in Nutrition, Dr Wootan has created and led one of the largest and most effective nutrition coalitions in the country which, under his leadership, led to increased funding for the promotion of nutrition and physical activity, and led to the successful passage of landmark legislation that provided more resources and set stricter standards for foods. and drinks provided in schools. Dr Wootan co-founded and coordinated the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), of which SNEB is an active member. This 520-member coalition is recognized as the preeminent voice of the nutrition community and has been instrumental in strengthening nutrition and physical activity funding, programs and policies at national, state and local levels.
Healthy Eating Research (HER), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported the Nutrition and Policy Evaluation and Research Network Obesity (NOPREN) jointly supported an ad hoc COVID-19 Food & Nutrition Working Group (F&N). Formed in early March 2020, this COVID-19 F&N working group aimed to rapidly identify and disseminate best practices for bringing a full range of nutritious foods and beverages to children to protect their health and reduce their risk of obesity. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to share information and resources, the HER NOPREN COVID-19 F&N Working Group has created a website, weekly resource summary, links to resources and a shared drive. In addition to sharing best practices among group members, the HER NOPREN COVID-19 F&N Working Group produced a series of summer speakers for students; over 40 peer-reviewed research articles, perspectives or legislative updates; as well as a variety of fact sheets, infographics, press releases and editorials. In addition to holding over 19 meetings to disseminate key information, the task force leaders delivered over 23 presentations, including briefings to key decision makers.
PROGRAM IMPACT PRICE
The Nutrition Education Program Impact Award recognizes an individual or group for a nutrition education program, practice or intervention that has resulted in documented changes in behavior. A winner will be selected and will receive the prize at the annual conference.
Abriendo Caminos: Clearing the Path to Hispanic Health is a multi-site randomized intervention program that aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity among Hispanic families by providing appropriate nutrition, physical activity and family well-being education to culture. At the end of the program, families shared tips for increasing their children’s fruit and vegetable intake. The Abriendo Caminos intervention was also effective in improving the quality of the diet of Hispanic mothers. In addition to providing nutrition education, Abriendo Caminos offered experiential learning opportunities to Hispanic students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Overall, the Abriendo Caminos program has been successful in improving eating habits and training future professionals to work and meet the specific needs of the Hispanic population.
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is honored to present these awards to those nominees who have enabled others to learn and practice nutrition. Their contributions to the health and nutrition community have inspired change and allowed others to deepen their knowledge in their area of expertise.
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ABOUT THE NUTRITION EDUCATION AND BEHAVIOR SOCIETY
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is an international organization of nutrition education professionals dedicated to advancing food and nutrition education research, practice and policies that promote equity and support public and planetary health. To learn more, visit www.sneb.org.