Proposed Changes to Nutrition Curricula in Higher Education

  • Elizabeth Nix
    Address for correspondence: Elizabeth Nix, PhD, RDN, Health and Human Kinetics Department, Ohio Wesleyan University, 61 S Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015
    Health and Human Kinetics Department, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
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      Although the field of nutrition has shifted to holistic approaches to dietary health, introductory nutrition courses have primarily focused on a reductionist approach. From my perspective, there is a need for radical changes in nutrition curricula to emphasize the importance of whole foods, complex dietary behavior, and food systems that align with the progress made within the field of nutrition. This holistic perspective of food and dietary patterns can help future dietitians and those not pursuing dietetics to understand the complex realities of nutrition while also learning transferable skills, such as systems-thinking, communication, and evaluation and critique of current research.

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