This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources
that present evidence-based nutrition guidance, describe public health
campaigns and other promotion programs, inform policy and legislation,
and report on research aimed at identifying
promising strategies for improving nutrition
and eating behaviors within families,
schools, and communities. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and
researchers can use this knowledge path to learn more about child and adolescent nutrition, to improve care, for program
development, and to locate training resources and information to answer
specific questions. Separate briefs list resources for families and schools.
This knowledge path has been developed by the MCH Library at Georgetown University and will be updated periodically.
View Related MCH Library Resources for guides about food marketing, food safety, food security and nutrition-assistance
programs, nutrition in child care, and more.
See the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) issue brief, Nutrition
and the Health of Young People, rev.
ed. (2012). This brief highlights the benefits of healthy eating for children and adolescents, the consequences of a poor diet, the eating behaviors of young people, and the relationship between nutrition and academic performance.
- Adolescent Nutrition. Resources for health professionals, educators, and students about adolescent
nutrition and eating disorders.
This online resource is presented
by Jane Mitchell Rees, Ph.D., R.D.,
C.D., at the University of Washington
School of Public Health and Community
Medicine with support from the Maternal
and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
of State and Territorial Public
Health Nutrition Directors (ASTPHND).
News, meeting and professional-development
information, and resources about
public health nutrition that include
2011 Nutrition Services in State MCH Programs Inventory. (2011). [Report].
Improving the Nutritional Well-Being of Women, Children and Families. (2010). [Issue brief].
to the Future: Tools for Planning
Nutrition and Physical Activity
for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Dietary-guidance materials and reports linking scientific research to consumers' nutrition needs. Resources
Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Information and background materials about the federal government's evidence-based nutrition guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.
Also see the Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL).
- Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Articles, reports, fact sheets, and model legislation to promote safer, more nutritious food. Focus areas are food labeling, menu labeling, marketing low-nutrition foods to children, school foods, salt, soft drinks, trans fats, and food safety.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Nutrition. Data and statistics; policy and legislation; information
about programs and campaigns, including
state-based nutrition and physical
tools for planning, implementing,
and evaluating nutrition-intervention
programs; and professional development and nutrition-education resources. Recent resources and initiatives include
Children's Food Environment State Indicator Report, 2011. (2012).
Consumption of Added Sugar Among U.S. Children and Adolescents, 2005–2008. (2012). [Data brief].
Growth Charts. Tools and
for plotting the growth
of infants, children,
and adolescents through
age 20. Also see the set of training
modules for health
the pediatric growth
charts in clinical
and public health settings.
Healthier Food Retail: Beginning the Assessment Process in Your State or Community. (2011). [Guide].
Healthy Communities Program. Resources and tools to help community advocates encourage people in their communities to make healthy choices at home, work, school, and other settings through sustainable changes that address the major health risk factors: tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating. Nutrition topics include increasing access to locally grown fruits and vegetables and reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.
Second Nutrition Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the
U.S. Population. (2012).
Social Marketing for Nutrition and Physical Activity. This online course provides training for public health professionals about how to use social marketing to plan nutrition, physical activity, and obesity-prevention programs. Also view case studies of state organizations that have gone through the social marketing planning process.
State Initiatives Supporting Healthier Food Retail: An Overview of the National Landscape. (2012). [Report].
Also see CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System, Chronic Disease State Policy Tracking System, and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).
- Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC). Research and training information, articles, interactive nutrition calculators,
an electronic newsletter, and nutrition-education materials about the role of maternal, infant, child,
and adolescent nutrition in optimal health, development, and growth. CNRC
is one of six federally funded human nutrition research centers.
- Economic Research Service (ERS). Economic information, research, and publications on topics that include food safety and food and nutrition assistance. Also see the Food Desert Locator and Food Environment Atlas.
- Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC). Databases and resource lists with links to reports, policy statements, websites, listservs and blogs, and other information tools on a wide range of food and nutrition topics for health and education professionals and researchers. Topics include dietary guidance, lifecycle nutrition, diet and disease, food composition, weight and obesity, food safety, food labeling, dietary supplements, and nutrition-assistance programs. Resources include
Interactive DRI for Healthcare Professionals. Tool to calculate daily nutrient recommendations for dietary planning based on the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).
- Healthy People
2020. National health-promotion and disease-prevention
initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. View the overview, objectives, and recommended interventions and resources
for nutrition and weight status and food safety. Use the MAP-IT (Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, Track) strategy to implement HP2020 locally and view your state's plan for making progress
on the HP2020 objectives.
Education and Training (LET) Program
in Maternal and Child Nutrition.
Web-based curricula and
training information about maternal
and child health (MCH) nutrition
for nutrition professionals and
other health professionals who
work with women, infants, children,
and adolescents. Curricula topics
include public health nutrition,
childhood obesity, health disparities,
and connecting with pregnant adolescents.
LET is part of the School of Public
Health at the University of Minnesota
and is funded by the Maternal
and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
and Child Health Training Program:
Nutrition Grantees Collaborative
university-based MCH nutrition
training programs and resources, webinars,
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): Division of Nutrition Research Coordination (DNRC). Reports, proceedings, and tools for researchers. Presents nutrition-education materials produced by NIH and other federal agencies that have been reviewed for scientific accuracy and to ensure that the dietary guidance information is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. DNRC coordinates nutrition research and research training initiatives at NIH. Resources include
Automated Self-Administered 24-Hour Dietary Recall (ASA24). Dietary assessment tool for automated, self-administered 24-hour dietary recalls. ASA24 consists of a respondent website used to collect recall data in English or Spanish and a researcher website used to manage study logistics and obtain data analyses. ASA24 is available at no charge and can be used by researchers for epidemiologic, intervention, behavioral, or clinical research and by clinicians for diet assessment and nutrition counseling.
Also see the Human Nutrition Research Information Management (HNRIM) System.
- PolicyLink: Improving Access to Healthy Food. Reports that highlight the problem of access to healthy food in underserved communities and innovative solutions and tools for community-driven advocacy to improve access. Recent reports include
Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities. (2011). [Report].
Additional Electronic Publications
- American Indian Healthy Eating Project in partnership with seven American Indian tribes in North Carolina. 2011. Tools for Healthy Tribes. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. [Toolkit].
- Holt K, Wooldridge NH, Story M, Sofka D, eds. 2011. Bright Futures: Nutrition, 3rd ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics. [Guidelines, Pocket guide]. Guidelines for nutrition screening, assessment, and supervision for each developmental period. Addresses nutrition issues and concerns, such as nutrition for children with special health care needs, food allergies, eating disorders, nutrition in sports, and vegetarian eating practices.
- Sims J, Mikkelsen L, Gibson P, Warming E. 2011. Claiming Health: Front-of-Package Labeling of Children's Food. Oakland, CA: Prevention Institute. [Report].
- Wartella EA, Lichtenstein AH, Yaktine A, Nathan R, eds. 2011. Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Promoting Healthier Choices. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. [Report, Brief].
- White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity. 2010. Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation: Report to the President. Washington, DC: Executive Office of the President of the United States. [Report].
- Yang Y, Lucas B, Feucht S, eds. 2010. Nutrition Interventions for Children with Special Health Care Needs, 3rd ed. Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Health. [Guide].
The databases listed below
are excellent tools for identifying data,
and programs about child and adolescent nutrition.
Literature and Research Databases
News and Commentary
Resources for Families
Resources for Schools
Resources for Child Care and Early Education Programs
Related MCH Library Resources
Nutrition in Children and Adolescents: Knowledge Path, 6th ed. (September 2012).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewers: Arissa K. Anderson, M.P.H. and R.D. candidate, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Stephanie Loup, M.P.H. and R.D. candidate, University of Minnesota; Shree Mohanty, M.A., M.S., R.D., L.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Region V; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library; Bridget L. Wardley, M.S., R.D., C.S.P., New York University Steinhardt.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.