Best GEM Awards


The Best GEM (Great Educational Material) Award is selected each year by the SNEB Journal Committee. All GEMs published in JNEB in the previous volume (Jan-Dec of preceding year) are eligible to be selected by committee vote. This award is presented at the SNEB Annual Conference.

2022 Best GEM Award

GEM No. 606 Yumbox: A Tool to Improve the Quality of Preschoolers’ Packed Lunches
Jennifer Shukaitis, MPH ;Sara Elnakib, PhD, RD; Cara Cuite, PhD
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 53, Issue 8, p719-723

2022 Best GEM Finalist

Best GEM 599: Super Tasters and Mighty Movers: A Booster Program for Sustained Behavior Change in Early Elementary School
Laura L. Bellows, PhD, MPH, RDN; Anna Hambright, MS, RD; Mackenzie J. Ferrante, MS, RD; Savannah Hobbs, Med; Susan L. Johnson, PhD
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 53, Issue 1, p84-86

2022 Best GEM Finalist

GEM No. 612: Development of a Tribally-led Gardening Curriculum for Indigenous Preschool Children: The FRESH Study
Marianna S. Wetherill, PhD, MPH, RDN/LD; Emily E. Bourque, RDN/LD; Tori Taniguchi, MPH; Charlotte V. Love, MPH; Margaret Sisk, AFA; Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 53, Issue 11, p991-995

2021 Best GEM Award

GEM No. 588: Food Pantries Integrating Eating Competence, Interest/Enjoyment in Physical Activity and Self-Efficacy for Pantry Participants
Josephine Umoren, PhD; Kelly Brasseur, MS, RD, LDN; Ping Yao, PhD; Amy D. Ozier, PhD, RD, LDN; Cristal Medina, BS; Brianna Sommer, BS; and Jessica Maturrano, BS
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 52, Issue 2, p195-197

2021 Best GEM Finalist

GEM No. 589: Enhancing College Student Recovery Outcomes Through Nutrition and Culinary Therapy: Mountaineers for Recovery and Resilience
Rachel A. Wattick, BS; Rebecca L. Hagedorn, PhD, RDN; Melissa D. Olfert, DrPH, RDN
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 52, Issue 3, p326–329

2021 Best GEM Finalist

GEM No. 590: Encouraging Adults to Choose Healthy Now: A Hawai‘I Convenience Store Intervention
Toby Beckelman, MS, MPH; Bronwyn M. Sinclair-White, MPH; Meghan D. McGurk, MPH; Carolyn Donohoe-Mather, MAS, RDN; Uyen Vu, MEd; Lance K. Ching, PhD, MPH; Catherine McLean Pirkle, PhD; Tetine L. Sentell, PhD; L. Brooke Keliikoa, DrPH
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 52, Issue 3, p330–333

2021 Best GEM Finalist

GEM No. 592: A Course-Based First-Year Research Experience for Undergraduate Nutrition Students
Jessica R.L. Lieffers, PhD, RD; Sarah L. Finch, PhD, RD; Ryan Banow, BSc, MEd; Kara Loy, MEd
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 52, Issue 4, p451-455

2020 Best GEM Award

Create Better Health: A Practical Approach to Improving Cooking Skills and Food Security
Mateja R. Savoie-Roskos, Casey Coombs, Jaqueline Neid-Avila, Jeffrey Chipman, Sara Nelson, Leslie Rowley, Heidi LeBlanc
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 51, Issue 1, p116–120

2020 Best GEM Award Finalist

Moving On!: A Transition Program for Promoting Healthy Eating and an Active Lifestyle Among Student-Athletes After College
Lenka H. Shriver, Erin J. Reifsteck, DeAnne Brooks
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 51, Issue 1, p112–115.e1

2019 Best GEM Award

Evaluation of a Mindful Eating Intervention Curriculum Among Elementary School Children and their Parents
Alyson Wylie, Shannon Pierson, Keiko Goto, Joan Giampaoli
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 50, Issue 2, p206–208.e1

2019 Best GEM Finalist

Levels of Community Change: A Game to Teach About Policy, System, and Environment Change
Carol A. Smathers, Theresa M. Ferrari
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 50, Issue 3, p311–314.e1

2019 Best GEM Finalist

Cool Intentions: Adding Refrigerators to Elementary Classrooms Improves Fruit and Vegetable Access in a Pilot Study
Rebecca Boehm, Tara J. Schuknecht, Sean B. Cash
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 50, Issue 7, p746–747

2018 Best GEM Award

Together We Inspire Smart Eating: A Preschool Curriculum for Obesity Prevention in Low-Income Families
Leanne Whiteside-Mansell, Taren M. Swindle
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 49, Issue 9, p789-792.e1

2017 Best GEM Award

Implementing the Communication for Behavioral Impact Framework to Reduce Population Salt Consumption
Mary-Anne Land, Bruce Neal, Everold Hosein
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 48, Issue 5, p350-353.e1

2016 Best GEM Award

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Customizing MyPlate for Low-Literate, Low-Income Families in 4 Steps
Mical K. Shilts, Margaret C. Johns, Cathi Lamp, Connie Schneider, Marilyn S. Townsend
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 47, Issue 4, p394–396.e1

2015 Best GEM Award

Healthy Baby, Healthy Me Food Safety Curriculum
Susan S. Baker*, Patricia Kendall, Kristen Frey, Kathryn McGirr, Mary Schroeder, Janet Buffer-Pealer, Lydia C. Medeiros
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 46, Issue 6, p629–631

2014 Best GEM Award

Join the Conversation! The Development and Preliminary Application of Conversation Cards in Pediatric Weight Management
Geoff D. C. Ball*, Biagina-Carla Farnesi, Amanda S. Newton, Nicholas L. Holt, Josie Geller, Arya M. Sharma, Steven T. Johnson, Carrie L. Matteson, Diane T. Finegood
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 45, Issue 5, p476–478

2013 Best GEM Award

Healthy Children, Healthy Families: Parents Making a Difference! A Curriculum Integrating Key Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Parenting Practices to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity
Megan Lent,* Tisa F. Hill, Jamie S. Dollahite, Wendy S. Wolfe, Katherine L. Dickin
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 44, Issue 1, p90–92

2012 Best GEM Award

Catering Trucks in California Promote Healthful Eating in Low-Wage Worksites
Desiree Backman, Jacqueline Cheung, Dona Francis, Sharon Sugerman, Curtis Granger
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 43, Issue 4, Supplement 2, S155–S157

2011 Best GEM Award

Getting to Know Your Baby: Development of a 6-week Countdown Calendar for Participants in WIC Program
Jennifer Bañuelos*, Luz Vera Beccera, M. Jane Heinig
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 42, Issue 3, Supplement, S69–S71

2010 Best GEM Award

Promoting Better Family Meals for Girls Attending Summer Programs.
Richard R. Rosenkranz* and David. A. Dzewaltowski
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 41, Issue 1, p65-67

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