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Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources

Class Details

This Food for Thought class will be blended, in that it will be composed of two in person webinars, along with required work in the course management system, Moodle.

The webinars will be:
July 11, 2017 11:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm CT/ 2:00 pm ET
The first one-hour webinar covers introductory topics:

  • Glossaries for defining nutrition terms
  • Food and nutrition resources in MedlinePlus
  • USDA (ChooseMyPlate,,, dietary guidelines, games and activities for the K-12 population, and more!)
  • FDA (nutrition facts labels, Drugs@FDA(link sends e-mail), dietary supplements, food labeling guidance, food science curriculum resources, FDA case studies, and more!)
  • CDC (healthy living resources, food environments, food safety, nutrition data & statistics, and more!)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, (the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals!)

July 25, 2017 11:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm CT/ 2:00 pm ET
The second one-hour webinar covers advanced topics:

  • Statistical resources for searching nutrition topics
  • Strategies for searching PubMed for nutrition topics
  • Introduction to preformulated search strategies on nutrition topics
  • Nutrition Evidence Library, a collection of systematic reviews on nutrition topics
  • Strategies for searching PubAg for nutrition topics

In addition to the webinars, attendees will complete homework assignments that are to be submitted in the course management system.
In order to qualify for MLA CE credit, attendees do need to be present at the webinars.

This course provides 4.0 contact hours of Medical Library Association continuing education credit.

This class is now closed to registrants.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National, GMR, PSR
Jul 3, 2017 to Jul 31, 2017
Kay Deeney, MLS, AHIP, Education & Outreach Librarian
Elizabeth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP, Associate Director
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
This class is now closed to registrants.

This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified. This class has been adapted to be taught in-person and online, ranging from a 1-hour online class to a 4-hour in-person class. Please see individual class instances in order to determine class length and mode of delivery.

Course Materials



At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship of the topic of nutrition to health outcomes, diseases, and conditions.
  • Gain a basic understanding of nutrition vocabulary and identify sources for definitions of relevant terms.
  • Identify important Internet sites for locating nutrition information.
  • Identify additional resources which provide print resources on nutrition topics.