Food Insecurity in the United States: What Nutrition Professionals Need to Know
This continuing education course outlines the scope and causes of food insecurity (FI) in the United States, reviews population groups at risk of FI, and discusses the impact that FI and its associated stigma has on physical and mental health. Health professionals will learn about the tools available to screen for FI, food assistance programs that are available to assist their clients, and ethical considerations for practice.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) are not responsible for the provider's interpretation of the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession or its enforcement as it relates to the scenarios and content presented in this activity.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Define food insecurity (FI) and list three contributing factors.
- Describe and use the Hunger Vital Sign to screen for FI.
- Understand how FI and related stigma negatively affect health and wellness.
- Identify three public/government programs and one private entity that work to combat FI.
Kathleen Searles, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, is a nutrition consultant in private practice in Littleton, New Hampshire.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR