Nutrition Education Resources for Health Practitioners
  • The Academy Foundation and the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management recently launched a project to collect free nutrition education resources for health practitioners working in developing countries. During an extensive survey, over 140 health professionals from10 different countries responded. About half of survey respondents had experience working or volunteering in Central America. The most commonly addressed nutrition topics were general nutrition, infant nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition for breastfeeding and pregnancy, iron-deficiency anemia and diseases of over-nutrition. Challenges that were noted included low literacy and multiple dialects among the populations served. The first phase of the pilot will be available on later in 2016.  Food pictures and graphics recognizable to the target audiences have proven to be essential for providing successful nutrition education.