IFIC 2023 Food and Health Survey - highlights and ideas for use to kick off intro nutrition semester

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What do Americans think about nutrition, health trends, and more? The International Food and Information Council conducts an annual Food and Health Survey whose 2023 findings have recently been released. I often used this survey in my first class to introduce current topics and the public's perception and understanding around food and nutrition questions. You can view the full survey and convert the pdf to PPT to select relevant slides - and I've created polling slides to precede the IFIC findings to see how students compare to the survey respondents. For a short assignment in online classes, I've asked students to skim the survey findings and share something they found interesting or surprise - and why.   https://foodinsight.org/2023-food-and-health-survey/ 

Among many highlights, 2023 survey findings include:

  • The increased cost of food and beverages has impacted shopping behaviors for many Americans
  • Social media content focused on food and nutrition can cause confusion and doubt
  • Food and beverage choices are interconnected with mental and emotional well-being
  • Environmental sustainability continues to trail other decision-making factors
  • Roughly half of Americans have followed an eating pattern or diet in the past year
  • Snacking frequency remains elevated for the second straight year
  • More Americans are willing to pay additional costs for products that are socially sustainable
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Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for Learn25.com (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.