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COVID-19 Work in JNEB

      It has been a year since we all became painfully aware of COVID-19. To be honest, I didn't expect that JNEB would have COVID-related manuscripts to publish. Today, I think we will continue to have COVID-related manuscripts for quite a while yet. Some of our articles have highlighted the associated food insecurity while others reflect our creativity in times of crisis.
      Several papers relate to schools. McLoughlin et al
      • McLoughlin GM
      • Fleischhacker S
      • Hecht AA
      • et al.
      Feeding students during COVID-19-related school closures: a nationwide assessment of initial responses.
      conducted a nationwide assessment of child nutrition administrative agencies’ responses to meal service provision during the pandemic. Data from websites were extracted between late February and May 2020. This was early in the pandemic. While some agencies were communicating effectively, the important points in this article are the implications for the future. Identifying and using communications channels, developing and using model language, and identifying and using local stakeholders in implementing emergency school meal programming were all important suggestions.
      Indeed, Haidar et al
      • Haidar A
      • Khoei A
      • Alex SE
      • et al.
      Community-academic partnerships to promote health literacy and address social needs among low-income families during COVID-19.
      describe their experience in collaborating with just such stakeholders. Their program, Brighter Bites, moved to virtual programming and enhanced their collaboration with nonprofit organizations, created for-profit partnerships with the retail industry to distribute produce vouchers to families, and partnered with food growers and distributors to distribute produce boxes to families. The program also began collaborations with medical and public health institutions to improve the health and food literacy among their families, as well as addressing issues in transportation and social needs.
      While Laska et al
      • Laska MN
      • Fleischhacker S
      • Petsoulis C
      • Bruening M
      • Stebleton MJ
      Addressing college food insecurity: an assessment of federal legislation before and during coronavirus disease-2019.
      provide a thoughtful perspective on the legislative needs reflective of food insecurity on campuses, Patten et al
      • Patten EV
      • Beckstead E
      • Jones M
      • Spruance LA
      • Hayes D
      School nutrition professionals' employee safety experiences during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
      provide a more personal view, exploring the safety fears and needs of school food service workers during the pandemic. Exhaustion, fear, and stress, as well as a lack of personal protective equipment and unfamiliarity with social distancing were some of the common themes illuminating the need to better train and support workers in the future.
      Other papers were more practical, such as that of Adedokun et al,
      • Adedokun OA
      • Aull M
      • Plonski P
      • et al.
      Using Facebook Live to enhance the reach of nutrition education programs.
      who describe their use of Facebook Live for virtual programming within the University of Kentucky Nutrition Education Program. Although the opportunities within Facebook Live differed from face-to-face, their evaluation was favorable. Murad et al

      Murad M, Alford AM, Davis K. Farm to future: a virtual summer nutrition culinary camp for kids [published online ahead of print November 12, 2020]. J Nutr Educ Behav.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2020.10.006.

      describe their experience with turning the culinary camp into a virtual experience. Many thanks for these papers for highlighting some tips and lessons learned as we continue to be virtual educators. Another tool to put in your bag is the Food and Drug Administration's resource Shopping for Food During COVID-19 Pandemic which was reviewed by Carol A. Friesen.
      • Friesen CA
      Shopping for Food During COVID-19 Pandemic [New Resources for Nutrition Educators].
      All of JNEB's COVID-related materials are open access, so be sure to take a few minutes to consider your future research and practice while we continue to fight the COVID battle.

      REFERENCES

        • McLoughlin GM
        • Fleischhacker S
        • Hecht AA
        • et al.
        Feeding students during COVID-19-related school closures: a nationwide assessment of initial responses.
        J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020; 52: 1120-1130
        • Haidar A
        • Khoei A
        • Alex SE
        • et al.
        Community-academic partnerships to promote health literacy and address social needs among low-income families during COVID-19.
        J Nutr Educ Behav. 2021; 53: 75-78
        • Laska MN
        • Fleischhacker S
        • Petsoulis C
        • Bruening M
        • Stebleton MJ
        Addressing college food insecurity: an assessment of federal legislation before and during coronavirus disease-2019.
        J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020; 52: 982-987
        • Patten EV
        • Beckstead E
        • Jones M
        • Spruance LA
        • Hayes D
        School nutrition professionals' employee safety experiences during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
        J Nutr Educ Behav. 2021; 53: 2-9
        • Adedokun OA
        • Aull M
        • Plonski P
        • et al.
        Using Facebook Live to enhance the reach of nutrition education programs.
        J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020; 52: 1073-1076
      1. Murad M, Alford AM, Davis K. Farm to future: a virtual summer nutrition culinary camp for kids [published online ahead of print November 12, 2020]. J Nutr Educ Behav.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2020.10.006.

        • Friesen CA
        Shopping for Food During COVID-19 Pandemic [New Resources for Nutrition Educators].
        J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020; 52: 1082-1083

      Linked Article

      • Feeding Students During COVID-19—Related School Closures: A Nationwide Assessment of Initial Responses
        Journal of Nutrition Education and BehaviorVol. 52Issue 12
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          To conduct a nationwide assessment of child nutrition administrative agencies’ responses to meal service provision during coronavirus disease 2019–related school closures.
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      • Addressing College Food Insecurity: An Assessment of Federal Legislation Before and During Coronavirus Disease-2019
        Journal of Nutrition Education and BehaviorVol. 52Issue 10
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          Research conducted before coronavirus disease-2019 illustrated high rates of food insecurity among college students. The pandemic has likely increased student food insecurity because of factors like unemployment and closure of campus resources, and many students cannot access federal food assistance because of long-standing student restrictions. This perspective reviews federal legislation on college food insecurity introduced in the 116th legislative session (2019–2020) immediately before coronavirus disease-2019 in the US, as well as pandemic-related stimulus bills and their implications for future policies and practice.
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      • Shopping for Food During COVID-19 Pandemic
        Journal of Nutrition Education and BehaviorVol. 52Issue 11
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          As grocery shopping remains a necessity during this pandemic, many people have questions about how to shop safely.—US Food and Drug Administration
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      • Community-Academic Partnerships to Promote Health Literacy and Address Social Needs Among Low-Income Families During COVID-19
        Journal of Nutrition Education and BehaviorVol. 53Issue 1
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          Brighter Bites is a school-based health promotion program that delivers fresh produce and nutrition education to low-income children and their families across 6 locations in the US. This article provides a perspective on how, despite coronavirus disease 2019–related school closures, Brighter Bites pivoted rapidly to collaborate with medical and public health institutions to improve health and food literacy among their families. Through these partnerships, Brighter Bites was able to rapidly provide accurate, evidence-based information related to coronavirus disease 2019 and other social needs, including food, housing, transportation, and access to health care, to help fill a needed gap in vulnerable communities.
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      • Using Facebook Live to Enhance the Reach of Nutrition Education Programs
        Journal of Nutrition Education and BehaviorVol. 52Issue 11
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          This Great Educational Materials article describes the University of Kentucky Nutrition Education Program (KYNEP) delivery of Healthy Choices for Every Body (HCEB), a nutrition education curriculum, through Facebook Live (Facebook, Inc, Menlo Park, CA) to extend the reach of nutrition education to low-income adults who face barriers in participating in face-to-face nutrition education classes. The purpose of this article was 2-fold: to demonstrate how to use Facebook Live to deliver a standard nutrition education program to low-income audiences, and to illustrate potential similar learning outcomes between in-person and Facebook Live delivery methods of the same nutrition education content.
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      • Farm to Future: A Virtual Summer Nutrition Culinary Camp for Kids
        Journal of Nutrition Education and BehaviorVol. 53Issue 5
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          Food literacy has been defined as “the complex, related set of skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed in the everyday practicalities of meeting nutrition recommendations.”1 Amin et al2 recently validated a tool to measure food literacy: the Tool for Food Literacy Assessment in Children (TFLAC). The TFLAC assesses 5 domains of nutrition or food knowledge and skills: cooking skills, cooking knowledge, nutrition knowledge, self-efficacy regarding eating, and food systems knowledge.2 According to a review evaluating the relationship between food literacy and dietary intake in adolescents, 8 of 13 studies found that adolescents with higher nutrition knowledge or who engaged in more frequent food preparation had healthier dietary intake patterns.
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      • School Nutrition Professionals’ Employee Safety Experiences During the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic
        Journal of Nutrition Education and BehaviorVol. 53Issue 1
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          To explore the real-time personal/employee safety experiences and perspectives of school nutrition professionals ranging from frontline staff to state leadership across the US as they responded to the initial weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.
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