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4 Dec
We are inviting academic editorial contributors to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Nutrition & Health, a new 4-volume reference to be published in 2016. This reference provides a broad multidisciplinary perspective on nutrition and behavioral health, answering questions such as: What are the cognitive effects of malnourishment of children? Which studies show which foods lower cholesterol? How is behavior modification used in obesity counseling? What are the FDA rules governing vitamins and supplements marketed on multiple media platforms? What is a “food desert”? How do nutrient needs change across the life span? What are the economic and psychosocial impacts on communities and countries affected by poor nutrition? This encyclopedia, informed by experts across nutrition science, psychology, sociology, economics, health care, public policy, social work, and education, is a valuable resource for students, professors, and librarians looking to explore the complex relationship between the science of human nutrition and health as it intersects with lifestyle choices, social/cultural environments, and the psychology of human behavior.

This project includes approximately 700 articles organized A-Z in the following categories: Adult Nutrition & Health Country Profiles Culture and Nutrition Exercise and Nutrition Infant and Children’s Nutrition & Health Large-Scale Nutrition Research Nutrition in Disease Prevention Nutrition in Disease States Professional Education and Practice Public Education and Public Health Science of Nutrition Types of Foods and Nutrients Each 1,000 to 5,000-word article will include the name and affiliation of the contributor in the byline of the entry. This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Publications and the General Editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition.

We are currently making assignments with a deadline of JANUARY 15, 2015. If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today’s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications, offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with The SAGE Encyclopedia of Nutrition & Health, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide your CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines.


Melodie Hagspiel

Melodie Hagspiel
Golson Media/Sage Publications

Book Release: Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice

17 Dec

Kesha Baptiste Book IMAGESAAPHI members have contributed to a new book, Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice published by Springer in December 2013.  Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor, Penn State College of Nursing and College of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences and SAAPHI Governing Board member co-edited the book, along with Wanda K Nicholson MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The professional-level medical textbook highlights the evidence on obesity during pregnancy and postpartum, giving clinicians the knowledge necessary to communicate with patients about effective lifestyle interventions and highlights where future efforts should be targeted to break the cycle of obesity in mothers and their offspring. Baptiste-Roberts authored a chapter titled “Maternal Obesity and Implications for the Long-term Health of the Offspring,” and co-authored another chapter with a former SAAPHI Governing Board Member and active SAAPHI member, Dr. Tiffany L. Gary-Webb titled “Body Image as a Contributor to Weight in Pregnancy and Postpartum: Racial Differences.”.


Provides concise and understandable summaries of the evidencebased,
theory-driven lifestyle interventions that have been shown
to be effective for weight loss and modifying the risk of developing
diabetes and obesity

▶ Focuses on translating the state of the science for the busy
practitioner in a easily accessible format in the day-to-day clinical
setting does not exist

▶ Summarizes the effects of overweight/obesity in the childbearing
years that can be effectively communicated to patients by their
providers in a busy practice setting

Racial Equity Toolkit: Implementing The Greenlining Institute’s Racial Equity Framework

12 Dec


The Greenlining Institute has created a  tool to assist those working to develop fair and equitable policies. Greenlining’s Racial Equity Toolkit is a step-by-step thinking tool designed to help policymakers consider the needs of all communities.

To read more and download the toolkit click here:

SAAPHI Black History Month Spotlight: Dr. Otis Brawley

1 Feb

Throughout the year I will be highlighting African American leaders who have made or are making their mark with exceptional work in health and the elimination of health disparities. It only felt right to use today, the first of February, to kick off this mission and help jump start Black History Month 2012.

Dr. Otis Brawley is the Chief Medical Officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization. In addition to promoting cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment, one of Dr. Brawley’s key focuses is eliminating disparities in access to quality cancer care.

In his new book, How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being  Sick in America, Dr. Brawley examines how disparities in cancer treatment are impacted by both the over treatment of financially competent patients and the inadequate treatment of poor and uninsured individuals from underserved communities.

As a key leader in cancer research, Dr. Brawley is not afraid of speaking out about the dangers of over testing patients. He emphasizes that too many patients get a “wallet biopsy” that determines what kind of care they receive. He also uses stories of personal experience in medicine to admonish patients about the dangers of seeking unproven treatments.

This book is relevant to medicine and it is certainly relevant to public health. Given the current climate of our health industry and consistent increase in health care costs, How We Do Harm sheds insight on how we can limit over-utilization of costly procedures and increase focus to eliminating disparities in cancer treatment.

For more on Dr. Otis Brawley and his work: