New Report: Nutrition Education in the K-12 Curriculum

With approximately one-third of America’s young people overweight or obese, the childhood obesity epidemic and related health consequences are urgent public health problems. A new Workshop Summary from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) highlights the merits and potential uses of a set of K-12 nutrition curriculum benchmarks, guides, or standards to help advance obesity prevention in U.S. schools.
Health problems once seen mostly in adults – such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension – are increasingly appearing in youth. The 2012 IOM report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, recommended making schools a focal point for obesity prevention. In a workshop hosted by the IOM on March 11-12, 2013, participants identified current promising practices for nutrition education, considered the most important attributes of such standards, and suggested approaches to build acceptance and use among educators. Nutrition Education in the K-12 Curriculum: The Role of National Standards summarizes the discussions at that workshop.
Learn about nutritional recommendations and try your hand at weighing food choices in our online exhibit, Food for Thought.