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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior announces 2022 Best Article, Research Brief, and GEM awards

Grant and Award Announcement


Philadelphia, September 1, 2022 – The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) is pleased to announce the 2022 Best Article, Best Research Brief, and Best Great Educational Material (GEM) awards. These awards were presented at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's (SNEB) 2022 Annual Conference, Re-engineering Nutrition Education and Behavior, held July 29–31 in Atlanta, GA and hosted online. These annual awards recognize the authors of the outstanding articles in each category published in the prior year in JNEB, as judged by members of the Journal Committee and JNEB Board of Editors. Lead authors receive a monetary award and articles are recognized on the Journal website. Additionally, the authors and articles will be featured in a journal club webinar series, “Best of JNEB,” starting September 26. Details and registration for the series are online at

The Best Article Award was presented to authors Sheryl O. Hughes, PhD; Thomas G. Power, PhD; Ashley D. Beck, PhD; Drew Betz, MS; L. Suzanne Goodell, PhD, RD; Veronica Hopwood, PhD; J. Andrea Jaramillo, MA; Jane Lanigan, PhD; AnaMaria Diaz Martinez, Med; Nilda Micheli, BS, Yadira Olivera Guerrero, PhD; Irene Overath, MACEd; Louise Parker, PhD; Guadalupe Ramos, PhD; Yuri P. Thompson, MS; Maria A. Papaioannou, BS; Susan L. Johnson, PhD, for their article “Twelve-Month Efficacy of an Obesity Prevention Program Targeting Hispanic Families With Preschoolers From Low-Income Backgrounds” published in the August 2021 issue of JNEB.

Best Research Brief Award was presented to authors Jared T. McGuirt, PhD, MPH; Basheerah Enahora, MS, MBA, RDN, LDN; Omari L. Dyson, PhD; Gina L. Tripicchio, PhD, MS, MSEd; Lauryn Mallard; Christopher K. Rhea, PhD, for their article “Virtual Avatar Coaching with Community Context for Adult-Child Dyads with Low Income” published in the March 2021 issue of JNEB. Research Briefs meet the qualifications of a research article but report results from a smaller sample size.

The Best GEM award was presented to authors Jennifer Shukaitis, MPH; Sara Elnakib, PhD, RD; Cara Cuite, PhD, for their paper “GEM No. 606-Yumbox: A Tool to Improve the Quality of Preschoolers’ Packed Lunches,” published in the August 2021 issue of JNEB. GEMs are resources developed to educate on certain topics or distribute programs to help in the nutrition education field.


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