Research & Practice

The Art & Science of Message Communication: The Development of a Nutrition Education Lesson

Sea le Children’s is a trusted community partner, dedicated to fostering healthy children, families, and communities. They are committed to providing positive, accurate, and culturally relevant messages surrounding nutrition and wellness. Seattle Children’s community outreach staff receives regular requests for nutrition information by the community, and the frequency of these requests, coupled with the limited availability of their registered dietitians, has resulted in the identification of a service gap. Therefore an additional model of service delivery is needed to meet the needs of Seattle Children’s community outreach staff as well as the nutrition needs of the increasingly diverse community served.

In response to the identified need, the aim of this project was to develop a positive, clear nutrition education lesson that could be delivered by trained community staff and volunteers at Seattle Children’s community events by:

  • Identifying the nutritional needs of the intended audience and determine how best to deliver this information.
  •  Developing a nutrition education lesson that can be effectively delivered by non-nutrition professionals at community events.
  • Implementing a train-the-trainer nutrition education package for Seattle Children’s staff and volunteers.
  • Developing a process to evaluate the effectiveness.
  • Providing stakeholders with future recommendations.

Materials Available

Project Type(s): MPH Practicum, PH Concentration Poster

Author(s): Juli Louttit

Program(s): Master of Public Health, RDN Training

Year: 2012