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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior announces 2021 Best Article and GEM Awards

Grant and Award Announcement


Philadelphia, August 2, 2021 – The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) announces the 2021 Best Article and Best Great Educational Material (GEM) awards, which will be presented at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's (SNEB) 54th annual conference, Raising Reliance and Resilience, held virtually August 8-10. These annual awards recognize the authors of the best article and best GEM published in the prior year in JNEB, as judged by members of the SNEB/JNEB Journal Committee and JNEB Board of Editors. All authors will receive a plaque, lead authors receive a monetary award, and articles are recognized on the Journal website.

The Best Article Award will be presented to Stacy Gleason, MPH; Margaret K. Wilkin, MPH; Linnea Sallack, MPH, RD; Shannon E. Whaley, PhD; Catherine Martinez, MPH; and Courtney Paolicelli, DrPH, RDN, for their article “Breastfeeding Duration Is Associated with WIC Site-Level Breastfeeding Support Practices,” published in the July 2020 issue of JNEB.

The Best GEM award will be presented to authors 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, for their paper “GEM No. 588: Food Pantries Integrating Eating Competence, Interest/Enjoyment in Physical Activity and Self-Efficacy for Pantry Participants,” published in the February 2020 issue of JNEB. GEMs are resources developed to educate on certain topics or distribute programs to help in the nutrition education field.

Both the Best Article and Best GEM authors will present on their research during the JNEB Awards session on August 9 during the virtual conference. Detailed conference information is online at

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