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Society for Nutrition Education

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) is an American non-profit organization that represents the professional interests of nutrition educators in the United States and worldwide. The organization was founded as the Society for Nutrition Education in 1968 but changed to its current name in January 2012.

SNEB is dedicated to promoting effective Nutrition Education and communication to support and improve healthful behaviors and has a vision of healthy communities through nutrition education and advocacy. Members of SNEB educate families, fellow professionals, students, communities, and policy makers about nutrition, food, and health.

SNEB has adopted the definition of nutrition education as defined by Dr. Isobel Contento: Nutrition education is any combination of educational strategies, accompanied by environmental supports, designed to facilitate voluntary adoption of food choices and other food- and nutrition-related behaviors conducive to health and well-being. Nutrition education is delivered through multiple venues and involves activities at the individual, community and policy levels.[1]

In addition to providing resources to the nutrition education community, SNEB publishes the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior JNEB. The official publication for the Society, JNEB is a refereed, scientific periodical that serves as a resource for all professionals with an interest in nutrition education as well as dietary and physical activity behaviors. The purpose of JNEB is to document and disseminate original research, emerging issues, and practices relevant to nutrition education and behavior worldwide. The content areas of JNEB reflect the diverse interests of health, nutrition, education, cooperative extension and other professionals working in areas related to nutrition education and behavior. As the Society's official journal, JNEB also includes occasional policy statements, issue perspectives, and member communications.[2]

In 2004, the JNEB published an article by Liz Marr, which was funded by the Coca-Cola Company. The article, among other things, stated that obesity was primarily caused by physical inactivity and stated that it is a "myth" that the company markets to children under 12.[3] Marr runs a firm called Marr Barr Communications, whose clients include the Coca-Cola Company. While the journal did disclose this fact, then-CEO of Coca-Cola E. Neville Isdell cited the article to defend his company's marketing practices without mentioning that his company had funded it.[4]


  1. ^ Nutrition education: Linking research, theory and practice. Jones & Bartlett, 2007
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  3. ^ Marr, Liz (2004). "Soft Drinks, Childhood Overweight, and the Role of Nutrition Educators: Let's Base Our Solutions on Reality and Sound Science". Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (Elsevier) 36 (5): 258–265. doi:10.1016/S1499-4046(06)60389-8. 
  4. ^ Simon, Michele (2006). Appetite for Profit. Nation Books. p. 169. ISBN 1560259329. 

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