Relevant, accurate content and effective communication techniques are keys for a good presentation and for creating an educational experience. No matter how good the content is, the nutrition educator’s job is ineffective without the skills to communicate the science of nutrition in ways that motivate behavior change.
Sharing skills and tools related to nutrition education was the focus for the annual May Conference, held May 1, 2009. A variety of speakers spoke to the large group assembled for the conference.
Amy Mobley presented an overview of the Nutrient Rich Foods (NRF) index, including a review of NRF consumer research and a description of how the NRF tool helps consumers choose nutrient-rich foods.
Bill Evers, designer of the Dining with Diabetes program in Indiana, provided participants with an overview of the program and the effect of diabetes on the state of Indiana.
Barb Mayfield educated participants about how to effectively educate consumers and patients by presenting content from her current project involving child care workshops.
Carol Boushey explored methods for nutrition education programs for the next generation. In addition, the conference created a perfect opportunity for Janet Roseland of the USDA to present information about the first release of the Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database. Janet spoke about the database that will facilitate the assessment of vitamin and mineral intakes from dietary supplements as a complement to nutrients provided by food intake.
The May Conference is an annual event hosted by the Department of Foods and Nutrition.