Take a look at what NJHKI staff members are publishing and presenting.
Food Literacy: Empowering Students to Live Empowered, Healthy Lives Webinar
NJHKI’s Dr. Erin Comollo and Dr. Peggy Policastro and MPH student Abigail David presented in a live webinar on the importance of understanding food literacy. The emerging framework of food literacy is a comprehensive concept including nutrition knowledge, culinary skills, and behavior change and has been demonstrated to improve nutritional intake and health outcomes (Amin et al., 2018, 2019; Muzaffar, Metcalfe & Fiese, 2018). Food Literacy and Food Justice can be used as an experiential, multi-component approach to nutrition education that can improve learner knowledge, attitudes, and skills to create positive behavior change. These frameworks cover a wide range of content areas, learning standards, and 21st-century skills applicable to K-12 general education, health education, science, and social studies education teachers.
Check out the webinar recording: https://youtu.be/UX9pQLwuFxg
Cooking with Kids: Building Lifelong Culinary Literacy Webinar
Research shows by teaching kids to cook they shop differently, fill their plates differently, and consider their impact on the environment differently. However, for various reasons, children are often absent when the family meal is being prepared. One way to “get kids back in the kitchen” is to teach them basic culinary practices. Culinary literacy is the ability to prepare a meal or snack using commonly available foods and common pieces of kitchen equipment. It is having sufficient skills to experiment with food and ingredients. In this webinar, NJHKI team members, Dr. Erin Comollo, EdD and Dr. Peggy Policastro, PhD address best practices and resources available to develop a culinary literacy program in your school or organization.
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
NJHKI Program Administrator Dr. Erin Comollo, EdD presented at this years Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) on July 28, 2019 in Orlando, FL. Dr. Comollo presented NJHKI’s goals, objectives and most current activities. Below you can see the poster presented.
Nutrition and Oral Health
NJHKI Medical Director Dr. David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP presented a grand rounds lecture to the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Family Medicine and Community Health on June 11, 2019. Dr. Krol discussed various oral health issues throughout the lifespan, and discussed the role that nutrition plays in the development of tooth decay.
Cooking Basics & Kitchen Fundamentals Podcast
NJHKI’s Dr. Peggy Policastro, PhD was part of Produce for Kids program podcast discussing tips on cooking basics including how families can get started cooking at home, why cooking at home is so important and what basic skills to master. Listen to Peggy on the Healthy Family Project
Assessing College Students’ Health Perceptions of Fat in Meals
New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health Ambassadors Dana Ikeda, Megan Yuen and Chelsea Cotugno joined NJHKI team member Dr. Peggy Policastro, PhD in presenting an abstract at the 2018 Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo. The abstract was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Message Me Maybe: Caloric Labeling vs Calorie Saving Messages on Sandwiches
New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health Ambassadors Irene Dib, Carly Harris, and Sofia Zois joined NJHKI team member Dr. Peggy Policastro, PhD in presenting an abstract at the 2018 Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo. The abstract was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.