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Training and Professional Development

Nutrition is an evolving science. Health professionals must constantly stay informed to ensure the latest science-supported information and strategies are used. CDC has compiled key professional documents, training opportunities, professional journal listings, and upcoming conferences to meet professional development needs.

Professional Documents

Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides science-based advice to promote health and to reduce risk for major chronic diseases through diet and physical activity. The recommendations can be used to develop educational materials and aids policymakers in designing and implementing nutrition-related programs.

Healthy People 2020
Released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Healthy People 2020 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Key publications from this initiative are provided.

The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity, 2001
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity calls upon individuals, families, communities, schools, worksites, organizations, government, and the media to work together to build solutions to prevent and control overweight and obesity in the United States.
 

Training and Certification Opportunities


Training Opportunities

Growth Chart Training Modules and Materials

This training offers a set of self-directed, interactive training modules for health care professionals using the 2006 WHO growth standard and the 2000 CDC growth reference charts in clinical and public health settings to assess the growth of infants, children, and adolescents. The training modules include:

Public Health Training Network
CDC's distance learning system targeting public health professionals.

Social Marketing for Nutrition and Physical Activity
This course provides training for public health professionals about how to use social marketing to plan nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention programs.


Certificate Training Programs

Certificate of Training and Childhood Adult Weight Management*
A certification program available to American Dietetic Association members, Registered Dietitians, and Dietetic Technicians, Registered.
 

Certification Program Opportunities


National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc*
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES): A certification program available to qualified health educators and professionals in health education. See Web site for eligibility requirements and examination information.

Nutrition Support Certification*
Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD): A certification program available to dietitians, nurses, and physicians who deliver specialized parenteral and enteral nutrition support regimens. See Web site for eligibility requirements and examination information.

Board Certification in Renal Nutrition*
Board certification in renal nutrition is available to dietitians working directly or indirectly in the specialty area of renal nutrition. See Web site for eligibility requirements and examination information.

Board Certification in Pediatric Nutrition*
Board certification in pediatric nutrition is available to dietitians working directly or indirectly in the specialty area of pediatric nutrition. See Web site for eligibility requirements and examination information.

Fellow of the American Dietetic Association*
Fellow of the American Dietetic Association (FADA): Fellow certification (FADA) offers experienced registered dietitians an opportunity for professional recognition and advancement. See Web site for eligibility requirements and portfolio submission information.
 

Professional Publications

Most of these journal Web sites contain search engines that allow the user to search for abstracts in previous issues. To access full-text journal articles, a subscription may be required.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition*

American Journal of Public Health*

Journal of the American Dietetic Association*

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior*

The Journal of Nutrition*
 

Electronic Newsletters and Listservs

Healthy People 2010 Listserv
In response to requests for updates on Healthy People 2010, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has established a news and announcement listserv. To subscribe to the conference listserv send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV with the following text in the message body: SUBSCRIBE partnerships-00 YOUR NAME.

The Nation's Health*
The official newspaper of the American Public Health Association
 

Professional Conferences and Events

American Dietetic Association (ADA) Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo*

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting*

Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) Annual Conference*

 
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