Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
GEUS, Laryssa Maria Mendes de et al. The importance of the insertion of the nutritionist on the Family Health Strategy. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, suppl.1, pp.797-804. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000700010.
The Family Health Strategy has as its main purpose to reorganize the practice of attention to health in new bases and to substitute the traditional model existing in Brazil. The new curriculum guidelines to graduate health professionals propose a general formation as well as ethics, having as its main focus the largest approach to the local health services. However, Nutrition still does not present a regulation for an active participation in the Family Health Strategy. Considering this fact, the Family Health Strategy is directly linked to people's welfare in many aspects (social, nutritional, psychological, etc). Therefore, this work intends to present the importance of the insertion of a nutritionist in the Family Health Strategy for the integrality of health actions. The conclusion is that nutritionist is fully qualified to work in the Family Health Strategy, because the absence of this professional is against the principle of the integrality of the health actions, as it is evident that no other health professional possesses education to work with food and nutrition within the communities and this presence would contribute to promote people's health.
Keywords : Primary health care; Family Health Program; Nutritionist; Public health policy.