Lately I have had numerous requests from clientele for hands-on programs that meld nutrition information and cooking. I am looking for evidence-based culinary-nutrition programs for adults that are independent of the SNAP-ED program. Are there any programs that you know of or have had success with? Please point me in the right direction.
Diane S. Saenz, RD/LD
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PO Box 470 - Lander, WY - 82520
Tel: 307-332-2363 Fax: 307-332-2391
There has been way too much 'treatment' in nutrition.
It's to the point where people think nutrition is about pills and
powders managed by the health sector, or added artificially by the food
processors, or even worse, something that has to be done to change a
natural resource to make a species produce nutrients it wasn't meant to,
and doesn't' need to produce, if we fix our systems and develop diverse
environments and diverse diets. Boy, have we gone way, way, way off track.
Recently someone thought it would be a good idea to name these nutrient
treatments as 'direct' or 'specific' nutrition interventions instead of
what they are, treatments for symptoms of a problem versus addressing
the problem head on. Another step in the wrong direction. Worse still,
agriculture, food and education become 'sensitive' nutrition
approaches. This might be okay in the world of research, but it is not
okay to bring this terminology and thinking to systems, monitoring and
Don't be fooled by all this. Nutrients come from food and water, food
and water comes from agriculture and the environment. That's as
specific and direct to nutrition as you can get. We need to learn about
Sustainable Nutrition, understand it, protect it, love it, eat it, buy
and sell it and most of all, believe in it.
My opinion of course, and I do hope others see the sense in this as well.
Other than that, I like the summary of this Sub-Saharran African work,
see attached for more.
*Summary Points *
- Here we present the findings of a collaborative effort by stakeholders
in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to identify priorities for nutrition
research and actions to create an enabling research environment.
- 117 stakeholders from 40 countries in SSA defined priorities using
- The priority areas for nutrition research were (i) community
interventions to improve nutritional status, (ii) behavioral strategies
to improve nutritional status, and (iii) food security interventions to
- The priority actions for creating an enabling nutrition research
environment were (i) better governance of nutrition research, (ii)
alignment of nutrition research funding with priorities identified
within SSA, (iii) increased capacity development for nutrition research
competencies, and (iv) enhanced information sharing and communication of
nutrition research findings.
- We propose a new approach for nutrition research in SSA that
stimulates a demand from SSA policy makers for research in SSA and holds
them accountable for incorporating research into policy and practice.
*pmed.1001593 1..7 Priority Areas for Nutrition Research*
The priorities for research that came out of the regional workshops were
grouped into three areas:
1 - Evaluate the impact of community interven- tions. Participants
emphasized that interventions for malnutrition have focused on curative
aspects. Community-based initia- tives that create an environment to
prevent malnutrition using locally available approaches and resources,
i.e., nutrition-sensitive approaches from areas such as agriculture,
education, family planning, environmental sanitation, and rural
development should be evaluated for their effectiveness.
2 - Effectiveness of behavioral strategies. Although some approaches
have been tested in SSA, participants suggested that more understanding
of the drivers of eating and child feeding behavior in SSA is needed to
design effective interventions. Such research would require the
propagation of multidisciplinary research across the continent that
includes disciplines such as psychology and the social sciences.
3 - Exploit the potential of food security interventions. Sustainability
and the potential to mitigate the effect of environmental challenges on
nutritional status should be assessed for social safety nets, e.g.,
conditional/unconditional cash transfers (see ), and for food
security interventions, e.g., the promotion of traditional foods, food
systems, and local adaptation and mitigation strategies for
Citation: Lachat C, Nago E, Roberfroid D, Holdsworth M, Smit K, et al.
(2014) Developing a Sustainable Nutrition Research Agenda in Sub-Saharan
Africa---Findings from the SUNRAY Project. PLoS Med 11(1): e1001593.
Published January 28, 2014
Copyright: ß 2014 Lachat et al. This is an open-access article
distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License,
which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any
medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
sharing & opinion-ing:
-- Stacia Nordin, RD (Registered Dietitian) PDN x-124 Crossroads,
Lilongwe, Malawi (+265) 999.333.073 or 888.208.260 (Malawi is +2 GMT)
StaciaAtWork (Skype) NordinMalawi(a)gmail.com www.NeverEndingFood.org
Sharing without reading because I know it will be good from the authors
who put it out. I'll come back to you if I want to differ or add any
For those of us who have been working with Sustainable Nutrition
approaches, none of this will be new, but we need to capitalize on the
current 'fad' or 'trend' which is "resilience". I'll take it if that's
what 'development' wants to fixate on. I was ok with Sustainable but
glad the convention is moving away from Climate Change. Maybe they'll
come back to Sustainable since it is more all-encompassing.
Whatever you call it, make sure that biodiversity is key to our people,
environment and all systems we create. There are more species on this
earth than any of us can count individually and that's how it should be
for the next generations as well. Get to know biodiversity, use it,
support it, love it.
Stacia Nordin, RD (Registered Dietitian)
PDN x-124 Crossroads, Lilongwe, Malawi
(+265) 999.333.073 or 888.208.260 (Malawi is +2 GMT)
American Overseas Dietetic Association
Country Representative Malawi
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Just learned that Malawi is a co-chair on this report...Will endeavour to
find out more:
"The Global Nutrition Report, due to be published in November 2014, is one
outcome of the Nutrition for Growth Summit held in London in 2013. The
authors are are a group of stakeholders, chaired by representatives of the
Governments of Malawi and the UK, working to convene, connect and strengthen
existing processes for reporting on nutrition. In recognition that there is a
lot of invaluable information on nutrition available , it is too fragmented
and some critical knowledge and information gaps exist. The Global Nutrition
Report will be comprehensive, fill the data gaps and, in addition to
statistics, it will include the stories behind nutrition issues. The Report
will be a valuable tool for nutrition advocacy."
I hope food is all food groups in the report - will find out quickly and try
to influence it if not!
Stacia Nordin, RD (Registered Dietitian)
FAO Malawi, Nutrition Officer (Food Security & Policy)
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