Food Deserts — Understanding Inequity, Seeking Solutions
This continuing education course seeks to improve dietitians' understanding of food deserts as a concept and a reality in both urban and rural settings. Better understanding of food deserts and their implications for health will support growing competence in counseling clients while being conscious of their food access. This course also explores the roles for RDs in addressing problems created by food deserts, including as educators, innovators, and advocates.
Course Content appeared as the CPE Monthly in the June 2019 edition of Today's Dietitian.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Define terms and understand concepts associated with food deserts and food insecurity.
- Identify and evaluate vulnerable clients and neighborhoods at risk of food insecurity and understand the health implications and specific challenges.
- Apply information and intervention strategies related to food deserts in public health and private practice settings.
- Assess ways nutrition professionals can lead efforts in community food system building that improve security for all.
Lindsay Ganong, MS, RDN, is a food service director at Polson School District in Polson, Montana, and Alison Harmon, PhD, RD, is dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Development at Montana State University.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflicts of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR