How to discover whether your nutrition education programs are effective

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lisa Medrow, RDN, LD, Kids Eat Right project specialist with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

Many nutrition professionals develop new nutrition education programs that we “think” will be effective based on our background, education, and experience. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy-to-use, online checklist tool where you could be certain that you have included everything in your program that the literature says is important to include for maximum effectiveness? And imagine how helpful this tool could be when writing grants for funding programs! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is proud to announce the release of the Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE).  This simple online checklist helps you design, modify, and improve the quality of existing or new nutrition education programs.  It can also be helpful to program funders to select proposals with the greatest likelihood of success. As the first tool of its kind, GENIE has been rigorously validated, and is based on reliable, scientific evidence.
The online GENIE checklist has nine categories with quality criteria within each category.  Simply mark “yes” if the criterion is present in your program or “no” if it is not.  After […]


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