The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) recently held its 2012 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, July 14-16.
SNEB is a community of professionals involved in nutrition education and health promotion from across the world. Members join from academia, government agencies, cooperative extension, communications and public relations firms, the food industry, voluntary and service organizations, and other educational nutrition and health organizations.
“Energy from Synergy” was the theme of this years’ conference, which highlighted innovative nutrition and behavior research, as well as new consumer-focused education materials.
One of the conference’s popular sessions was a screening of the new documentary “Cafeteria Man.” The film tells a compelling story of one Baltimore, MD, school district working to overhaul a dysfunctional and unhealthy nutritional system feeding over 83,000 students each year.
The film chronicles Tony Gareci, a food services director for the city’s public schools, and his quest to reform the system. A trained chef from New Orleans, LA, Gareci, envisions a transformed food system including school gardens providing fresh produce, meals designed by students, and more nutritional education in the classroom.
The documentary serves as a nice analogy to this year’s SNEB conference. SNEB is working to educate consumers, healthcare providers, and government agencies about the importance of nutrition and behavior change to reinforce healthy eating around the country. Changing the way Americans view food and nutrition in schools through education is a central message carried through the ‘Cafeteria Man’ and echoed by the film’s Gareci, who says: “We need a recipe for change.”