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Global Food and Nutrition: Central America

Central America

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.

The Global Food and Nutrition: Central America project, developed through an educational grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, aims to be the practitioner’s go-to site for open-access to relevant and effective international nutrition education materials.

The Global Food and Nutrition: Central America project includes:

Support Materials (PDF)

  • How to Explain Basic Nutrition Concepts
  • Breast Feeding and Complementary Feeding for Infants
  • Iron Deficiency and Anemia in Central America
  • Malnutrition and Stunting in Central America
  • Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women in Central America
  • Sugar-sweetened Beverages and Low-Nutrient Foods in Central America
  • Teaching Dietary Protein Basics
  • Importance of Food Safety in Central America
  • Improving Handwashing Practices in Central America
  • Feeding Children with Diarrhea
  • Water Safety and Sanitation in Central America

Illustrations (.zip)

(in color and black and white)

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Grains and Starches
  • Protein Foods
  • Dairy Foods
  • Other Foods
  • Nutrition and Heath Concepts

Nutrient Comparison Charts (PDF)

Pictoral representations of food, important nutrients and daily recommended values

The Global Food and Nutrition: Central America project was supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation's Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management.

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