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Anastasia Snelling

Department Chair, Health Studies Health Studies

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Dr. Anastasia Snelling is a professor and Chair of the Department of Health Studies at American University. She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a registered dietitian for over thirty years and a fellow in the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Snelling’s recent book, Introduction to Health Promotion was released through Jossey Bass Publisher in 2014. Her research focuses on methods of behavior change in nutrition education to manage risk factors related to chronic disease. Specifically, her work uses the school environment to improve the health status and academic achievement of children. Grounded in the Social Ecological Model, her work in school health examines different levels of influence that can improve the health and food environment, leading to improved health and weight status. By addressing the needs of the child within the social, economic, and cultural contexts where they live, the research aligns health and education to enable students to reach their full potential. Reliable evidence indicates that healthy students are better learners, and, consequently, good health is fundamental to ensuring an effective education. Dr. Snelling regularly presents her research at national and international conferences. Her research is published in many highly-regarded journals focusing on nutrition, health promotion, and school health. She has appeared on C-Span to discuss food labeling regulation and her opinions and expertise have appeared in such media outlets as Education Week, Washington Post, US World and News Report, and Fox Business News.


PhD, American University
MS, American University
BS, University of Connecticut

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CAS - Health Studies
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School of Education
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Area of Expertise: Nutrition and nutrition education; health communication; health promotion, including school and worksite health promotion

Additional Information: Anastasia Snelling
is associate dean in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health. She has been a member of the American Dietetic Association as a registered dietitian for more than 25 years. Snelling teaches nutrition, health promotion, and health communication. Her research interests include methods of behavior change in nutrition education to manage risk factors related to chronic disease. Her current research is in the area of childhood obesity and the role of school cafeterias in promoting healthful foods. She has written more than 40 articles, book chapters, and other publications, as well as presented more than 150 speeches to regional, national, and international audiences.

Her latest coauthored publications and presentations are:

"A Comparison of the Offerings and Purchases of Food at Three High Schools" (Journal of School Health, 2007; 77:703-707)

"2007 Best-selling Weight Loss Books: A Review" and "Offerings and Purchases of Competitive Foods Pre- and Post a Nutrition Policy," presented at the June/July 2008 American Journal of Health Promotion Conference

“Nutrient-based Standards Used to Improve Competitive Foods ” (American College of Nutrition, October 2008)

“The Impact of Nutrition Standards on Competitive Food Offerings and Purchasing Behaviors of High School Students.” (Journal of School Health, 2009;79:541-546).

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