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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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SANTOS, Ligia Amparo da Silva. Practical food and nutrition education: some points for reflection. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp. 455-462. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000200018.

This article reflects on the practices of existing food and nutrition education in the current context. Practices in public policy in food and nutrition are discussed starting from an analysis of government actions undertaken and their actions at the local level, particularly in outpatient clinical nutrition and/or attention to specific groups, seeking to identify theoretical and methodological trends guiding educational practices. It is considered that the food and nutrition education has been the subject of debate in seeking to construe it as government action. However, despite their achievements, one perceives the existence of a gap between the formulation of policies and actions developed at the local level. There is also a gap between rhetoric and practice in terms of educational activities. The conclusion reached is that food and nutrition education is less an instrument than a measure for joint actions that must involve different sectors and disciplines, however, it calls for investment in vocational training and production of knowledge in the field.

Keywords : Food and nutrition education; Health education; Nutrition; Nutritionist.

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