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Nutrition Education Strategies

Community organizations use a wide range of nutrition education strategies to promote and encourage healthy food choices and behaviors. There is no “one-size fits all” model for delivering nutrition education, nonetheless, there are some widely accepted nutrition education and public health best practices. These include, but are not limited to, focusing on specific behaviors rather than knowledge alone; involving active participation on the part of the learners through a variety of teaching methods; and addressing the motivations, needs and interests of the target audience. While each of these strategies can be used alone, they have the maximum impact when used together to simplify and reinforce core messages. Before selecting a strategy, assess the needs of your community, target population and organization. It’s critical to think through your goals before selecting a strategy that is right for you and your community needs.

One way to think about these strategies is to think about the number of people you are seeking to reach and the effort and cost that is required at each level as is illustrated below.

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