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Nutrition Education

Nutrition Education

Nutrition education is a critical component of most major health promotion and disease prevention programs. Research indicates that behavioral change is directly related to the amount of nutrition education received. Nutrition Education involves the communication of nutrition-related information that will equip individuals, families, and communities to make healthful food choices. The media remain the primary source of nutrition information in the United States. Thus, nutrition education also focuses on discriminating between credible and noncredible sources of nutrition information. Nutrition messages and programs must be culturally relevant and specific to the target group. Registered dietitians are the professionals who are specifically trained to deliver information on food and nutrition.

Cindy Martin


American Dietetic Association (2003). "Nutrition Services: An Essential Component of Comprehensive School Health Programs." Journal of the American Dietetic Association 103:505514.

Internet Resources

Ferme, Lori (2002). "Nutrition and You: Trends 2002." Available from <>

Smith, Barbara (1995). "Past Experiences and Needs for Nutrition Education: Summary and Conclusions of Nine Case Studies." Available from <>

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