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Nutrition (NUTR)

NUTR 456 (US) Community Nutrition (3) Programs and policies of nutrition-related activities of community agencies; factors pertinent to nutrition education; relationship of cultural and social identity to foods and nutrition.

NUTR 456 Community Nutrition (3)

Programs and policies of nutrition-related activities of community agencies; factors pertinent to nutrition education; theory and practice of community nutrition within the dietetics, nutritional sciences, and public health nutrition professions; emphasis on differences in United States values, traditions, attitudes, beliefs and customs and United States social identities in relation to one another within a community-based framework.

This course provides knowledge in the content area of community nutrition which is tested on the national registration examination for registered dietitians.

Students are evaluated based assessments designed to increase personal cultural awareness and sensitivity, literacy level of nutrition education materials, credible resources for nutrition information, community needs assessment and community nutrition intervention programming and assessment. In particular, the assessment of a community’s nutritional needs and the design of a nutrition intervention serve to highlight the cultural diversity within the United States and increase the student’s ability to locate and evaluate information about nutrition and food practices of diverse groups living in the United States. Students will focus on immigrant groups, ethnically- or racially-diverse groups, Native American tribes or loosely affiliated groups of people who have common socioeconomic status or food practices or food patterns (e.g., poverty, food insecure with/without hunger, vegans, vegetarians, Kosher).

Community nutritional needs assessment and interventions assignments also serve to assess whether the United States cultures objectives of this course are successfully met. In addition, each assignment requires that students consider cultural and socioeconomic factors as determinants of diet, nutritional status and health status.

General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: NUTR 251

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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