National Nutrition Education Curriculum Standards

Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Children and Families, Education, Food and Nutrition
Boards: Food and Nutrition Board, Board on Children, Youth, and Families

Activity Description

At the request of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a 2 day public workshop to explore the merits and potential uses of a set of national nutrition education curriculum standards and learning objectives for elementary and secondary school children. Workshop presentations will identify current and promising practices, consider the most important attributes of such standards, and suggest approaches to build acceptance and use among educators.

Invited expert presentations and focused discussions addressed the following key questions:

  • What are the most important skills, tools and knowledge for children to learn to support healthful diets? How adequate are the current nutrition education related materials available to teachers in the K-12 setting in addressing these areas?
  • Do teachers and administrators have the adequate training necessary to provide classroom instruction in the areas of nutrition education and/or nutrition education integration into core curriculum courses?
  • What models, benchmarks, or promising practices should be used in developing the standards?
  • What challenges could impact development and implementation of national nutrition education standards? What forces or barriers should be considered in developing these standards? How do age, gender, culture, community and ethnicity need to be factored into the standards?
  • How will the standards be used? Who will be a champion for the development and use of the standards?
  • What are the potential positive outcomes resulting from the implementation of nutrition education standards in core-curriculum courses?

The workshop was held on March 11-12, 2013.

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