by Erin DeSimone, MS, RD, LDN, FAND, and Laurie Hainley, RD
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) Annual Conference is the premier event for nutrition education professionals in the United States. Through dynamic discussions, stimulating presentations, and hands-on training, this yearly meeting helps nutrition educators stay on top of current research and best practices for creating healthier communities, food systems and behaviors.
Participants from FoodMinds spotted five “hot” trends in nutrition education for 2017:
No. 1: Interest in Nutrition Intervention is Skyrocketing
The 2017 SNEB Annual Conference had one of the highest attendance rates in the conference’s 50-year history. This indicates that impactful nutrition education and intervention is a top priority for stakeholders today.
No. 2: Collaborative Political & Societal Interventions are Required
A complex set of forces is influencing consumers’ food purchasing behaviors, and collective efforts to navigate this space were seen as a priority, based on a FoodMinds-moderated session.
No. 3: Food Waste Must be Curbed
Addressing high rates of food waste in the U.S. was called the “New Nutrition Frontier,” based on its ability to improve food security, resource efficiency, and fruit and vegetable intakes.
No. 4: Sustainable Diets and Systems Need to be Supported
Supporting sustainable diets and agricultural practices was viewed as key to promoting public and planetary health, as well as food security, for the future.
No. 5: The Power of Food as a Tool of Peace
Nutrition Diplomacy – using food to resolve conflicts among groups and cultures – was presented as a burgeoning area that nutrition educators can leverage.
Erin DeSimone, MS, RD, LDN, FAND, is senior vice president and group lead at FoodMinds in Chicago, while Laurie Hainley, RD, is an account executive at FoodMinds in Washington, D.C.