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Nutrition Education: Linking Research, Theory, and Practice + Navigate 2 Companion Website Access, 4th Edition

  • Isobel R. Contento
  • Pamela A. Koch
  • ISBN-10: 1284168921
  • ISBN-13: 9781284168921
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Published
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About the Product

Each new print copy ofNutrition Education, Fourth Editionincludes access to the Navigate Companion Website which includes worksheets in writable PDF format, practice quizzes, interactive flashcards, and interactive glossary.

The fourth edition ofNutrition Education: Linking Research, Theory, and Practiceprovides a straightforward, user-friendly model for designing effective nutrition education programs that address the personal and environmental factors affecting individuals' food choices and assists them in adopting healthy behaviors throughout their lifetime.

Built around the six-step DESIGN process, theFourth Editionintegrated research, theory, and practice and provides advice and direction on designing,implementing, and evaluating theory-based nutrition education.

This text is divided into three parts:

  • Part I describes the key elements of success for nutrition education, as well as the major theories that can be used in nutrition education intervention.
  • Part II features the six-step process for designing nutrition education, translating theory into concrete objectives and strategies that can be practically implemented. It includes worksheets and case studies to provide a clear illustration of each step.
  • Part III describes the nuts and bolts of implementing nutrition education, including information on leading groups, working with diverse populations, making presentations, and using media effectively.


  • At the beginning of each chapter, an Overview and Chapter Outline help students anticipate what will be covered, and Learning Objectives improve retention of the material presented.

  • Nutrition Education in Action features highlight concepts discussed in the chapter through examples of best practices and research culled from current education programs.

  • Feature Boxes draw out important information for the reader, particularly about specific theories in practice.

  • The Worksheets in Part II allow students and nutrition educators to develop their own programs using the DESIGNSTEPwise procedure.

  • Case examples included throughout the text illustrate the use of each specific theory in practice. Furthermore, a case study introduced in Chapter 7, and followed throughout Part II, illustrates eachSTEP of the DESIGN procedure.

  • Questions and Activities, at the end of each chapter, reinforce key concepts and references provide an opportunity for further study.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Linking Research, Theory, and Practice: The Foundations
Chapter 1: Nutrition Education for Today's Complex World
Chapter 2: Determinants of Food Choice and Dietary Change: Implications For Nutrition Education
Chapter 3: An Overview of Nutrition Education: Facilitating Motivation, Ability, and Support for Successful Behavior Change
Chapter 4: Enhancing Motivation and Empowerment for Behavior Change and Action
Chapter 5: Facilitating the Ability to Change Behavior and Take Action
Chapter 6: Creating Environmental Supports for Behavior Change

Part 2: Using Research and Theory in Practice: Designing Theory-Based Nutrition Education
Chapter 7: A Systematic Approach to Designing Nutrition Education: The DESIGN Procedure
Chapter 8: Deciding Behavior Change Goals of the Intervention:STEP 1
Chapter 9: Exploring Determinants of Intervention Behavior Change Goals:STEP 2
Chapter 10: Selecting Theory and Clarifying Intervention Philosophy and Content:STEP 3
Chapter 11: Indicating Objectives: Translating Behavioral Theory into Educational Objectives:STEP 4
Chapter 12: Generating Educational Plans - A Focus on Enhancing Motivation for Behavior Change and Action:STEP 5
Chapter 13: Generating Educational Plans - A Focus on Facilitating the Ability to Change Behavior and Take Action:STEP 5
Chapter 14: Nail Down the Evaluation Plan:STEP 6
Chapter 15: Using the Nutrition Education DESIGN Procedure to Create Environmental Supports for Behavior Change Goals

Part 3: Research and Theory in Action: Delivering Nutrition Education in Practice
Chapter 16: Delivering Nutrition Education Effectively in Group Settings
Chapter 17: Media Supports And Other Channels for Nutrition Education
Chapter 18: Working with Diverse Age, Cultural, and Population Groups
Chapter 19: Nutrition Educators as Change Agents in the Environment

New to this edition

  • The fourth edition provides an increased focus on culture and cultural competency, expanded coverage of technology and media, including web- and app-based digital resources for the nutrition educator, and modifications to the DESIGN worksheets to provide a more simplified format.
  • Expanded coverage of technology and media, including web- and app-based digital resources for the nutrition educator,
  • Modifications to the DESIGN worksheets to provide a more simplified format.