To meet the nutritional needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their families, as well as the needs of MCH professionals, The Health Information Group, with funding from the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, is developing an online nutrition curriculum, social media tools, and an electronic toolkit, based on (1) GU-developed nutrition monographs; (2) GU-developed DL curricula; and (3) other seminal MCH nutrition resources.
The curriculum will be national in scope and will be intended for MCH professionals. The curriculum will also focus on specific needs in providing nutrition counseling to at-risk populations that often include cultural, racial, and ethnic minorities.
The curriculum will be adaptable, with future funding, to provide a cost-effective, customized training mechanism for states, with content modified to accommodate state-specific nutritional needs, identified populations within the state, or mandates for interagency care coordination.
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Jamie Oliver's TED Prize Wish: Teach Kids About Food (Video 22 minutes)
In Soul Food Junkies, award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt (Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes) offers a fascinating exploration of the soul food tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its continuing popularity despite the known dangers of high-fat, high-calorie diets. Inspired by his father’s lifelong love affair with soul food even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis, Hurt discovers that the relationship between African Americans and dishes like ribs, grits, and fried chicken is deep-rooted and culturally based. At the same time, he moves beyond matters of culture and individual taste to show how the economics of the food industry have combined with socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods to dramatically limit food choices. The result is an absorbing and ultimately inspiring look at the cultural politics of food and the complex interplay between identity, taste, power, and health. Features soul food cooks, historians, doctors, and food justice movement activists who are challenging the food industry, creating sustainable gardens, and advocating for better supermarkets, more farmers' markets, and healthier takes on soul food.