International Nutrition Pilot Project


The Academy's position on nutrition security in developing nations is "that all people should have consistent access to an appropriately nutritious diet of food and water, coupled with a sanitary environment, adequate health services, and care that ensure a healthy and active life for all household members." As nutrition experts, registered dietitian nutritionists can help combat malnutrition and provide valuable nutrition education worldwide. However, often when health professionals perform humanitarian assistance work in foreign countries, appropriate educational materials can be difficult to obtain.

Developed through an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation pilot project, this is an open-access collection of relevant and effective nutrition education materials for use in Central America. It includes:

  • Background information on key nutrition-related topics in Central America, including how to explain health and nutrition concepts to this population
  • Educational illustrations to help teach these key nutrition-related topics in Central America
  • A collection of food illustrations and nutrient comparison charts unique to the local food supply of Central America

Illustrations are available in color and black and white outline versions for ease of printing. Suggested use is printing the desired illustrations and laminating them prior to international travel as computer and printer availability is often unreliable at the destination.

The Academy will continue to expand its resources for international nutrition education. You can help enhance it by sharing your feedback in a brief survey about the international nutrition education resources.

Take the International Nutrition Survey

This international nutrition education pilot project was supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management.