National Nutrition Month 2022 "Celebrate a World of Flavors" resources and ideas for activities!

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In anticipation of National Nutrition Month (NNM) 2022 which has a culturally diverse theme of Celebrate a World of Flavors, I’m sharing a previous post below with info and links for an engaging and informative activity or assignment that explores food-based guidelines from around the globe.  Its also the featured "Bring It Home" activity for Chapter 14 in the text and in online resources.  Be sure to check out all the NNM resources available to you at the Academy’s website.  What are some ways you might take your likely diverse group of students on a journey to a variety of cultures, flavors, and food practices?   Please share your ideas here with “Reply” or email me at  

In discussing food practices and influences as well as dietary guidelines around the globe, I posted an assignment for students to visit the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to access a listing of countries from ... with their corresponding Food-based Dietary Guidelines and graphics. More than 100 countries worldwide have developed food-based dietary guidelines that are adapted to their nutrition situation, food availability, culinary cultures and eating habits. Students were to choose one country from the listing, review the information regarding that country's guidelines with special note of the section "Messages". They were to summarize the key messages and to compare to what we'd covered about the DGA - taking note of common recommendations, but unique cultural or cuisine aspects. A fun resource!   Check out Ecuador's Food Guide wooden spoon graphic below!   

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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 (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.