06/27/2016 - In 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation received a donation to develop an international nutrition education pilot project to support the efforts of health educators across the globe. The goal of this pilot project is to provide an open-access collection of relevant and effective nutrition education materials for use in Central America. This region was chosen for the pilot project because it is small in size and registered dietitian nutritionists with experience teaching nutrition in Central America were readily accessible to help guide the content of the project.
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How the Academy Developed Educational Materials for this Pilot Project
A survey to solicit input on nutrition issues in Central America was developed and sent to Academy members and health, professional and nongovernmental organizations across the world. This survey also gathered information on the preferred format of nutrition education materials and effective teaching strategies and allowed respondents to upload examples of nutrition education materials they had created and used internationally. Survey respondents who indicated experience teaching nutrition in Central America were contacted for telephone interviews to gather more information. The Academy thanks these individuals for taking the time to share their experience to inform the development of valuable resources for use by a variety of health professionals.
Pilot Project Acknowledgements
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. This pilot project would not have been possible without the volunteer content expertise of Academy members Dixie Havlak, RD, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD, LD and Laurie Sauerwine, MS, MScPH, RD.