Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information

The Department of Nutrition is committed to extending science-based information to the public through local, state, national and international channels. Research helps formulate policies, nutrition recommendations, and provides guidance to improve the health and nutritional status of the individual and populations. Examples include the establishment of new child growth standards, school garden and nutrition education programs, and other programs to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases. Below are publications and resources created by Nutrition Department faculty that are available to the general public.

Nutrition and Health

Nutrition Info Sheets

Nutrition and Health Info Sheets

Information sheets created by Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr and staff that cover items of interest in the area of Nutrition such as energy drinks, fiber, soy, or St. John´s wort.

Faculty Contact: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.

Nutrition Perspectives

Nutrition Perspectives

A bimonthly publication prepared by Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr and staff. This publication is designed to provide research-based information on ongoing nutrition and food-related programs.

Faculty Contact: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.

Feeling Fine Online

Feeling Fine Online

Feeling Fine Online is a web site produced by Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr that contains new, research-based information made available by means of brief video presentations on such topics as "Health Benefits of Dietary Flavanols" with UCD Nutrition faculty member Dr. Carl Keen, how to "Eat Smart, Play Hard" with UCD Nutrition faculty member Dr. Liz Applegate, and "Flavanols and Vascular Health in Postmenopausal Women" with UCD Nutrition faculty member Robert Hackman.

Faculty Contact: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.

Child/School Nutrition

CNS

Center for Nutrition in Schools

The UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools was established in response to the needs of teachers and administrators for nutrition education resources and professional development opportunities. The mission of the Center for Nutrition in Schools is to support the school community by providing research-based nutrition education programs and resources that improve student health and assist students in achieving their full potential academically, socially, and physically.

Faculty Contact: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.

Nutrition to Grow On

Nutrition to Grow On

An innovative curriculum created by Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr and staff for grades four through six that offers teachers a direct link between the garden and nutrition education. Nine lessons are designed to teach children and their families about nutrition by relating each lesson to a garden activity.

Faculty Contact: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.

Discovering Healthy Choices

Discovering Healthy Choices

Discovering Healthy Choices is a learner-centered, garden-enhanced nutrition curriculum that was developed for the Nutrition Education Promotion component of the Shaping Healthy Choices Program. The objective of this curriculum is to facilitate understanding of nutrition concepts and development of problem-solving skills so youth can make evidence-based decisions about the foods they eat. This is a free, downloadable resource.

Faculty Contact: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.

Cooking Up Healthy Choices

Cooking Up Healthy Choices

Cooking Up Healthy Choices is a learner-centered curriculum of cooking demonstrations that highlight seasonal produce and allows students to observe cooking techniques, deepen understanding of nutrition concepts, and experience recipes using all five senses. The recipes featured in Cooking Up Healthy Choices are represent foods from different cultures, and include a variety of fruit and vegetables. This is a free, downloadable resource.

Faculty Contact: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.

Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

In conjunction with California Department of Education, Drs. Rachel Scherr, Marilyn Briggs, and Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr have created a set of nutrition competencies and a competency-based resource guide. Connecting the Dots was created as a way for child care providers and teachers of preschool-aged children to have an array of teaching materials that cover the Nutrition Competencies and Grade Level Expectations.

Faculty Contact: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.

Nutrition Competencies

Nutrition Education Competencies

Produced by Dr. Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr´s research group in collaboration with the California Department of Education, these documents provide comprehensive goals for nutrition education for California's children.   Nutrition Education Competencies are available for both Kindergarten-Grade 12 and Pre-Kindergarten groups.  More information is available in a recent article published in California Agriculture.

Faculty Contact: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.

Eat Fit

EatFit.net

An interactive application created by Mical Shilts, Marcel Horwitz, and Dr. Marilyn Townsend intended to aid middle school students in personal dietary analysis and "guided goal setting".

Contact: Marilyn Townsend, Ph.D.

Community Nutrition

UC Cooperative Extension Community Nutrition

 UCCE Community Nutrition

Dr. Lucia Kaiser maintains the UC Cooperative Extension Community Nutrition website, which provides research updates, nutrition education resources, and evaluation tools that can help those working in the community to support Americans in adopting healthy lifestyles and improving the food environment.

Faculty Contact: Lucia Kaiser, Ph.D.

UC Davis Human Lactation Center

UC Davis Human Lactation Center

The UC Davis Human Lactation Center provides a focal point for communication among researchers, clinicians, policy-makers and educators to assure that the latest research-based information is made available to those working with lactating women and their infants.

Faculty Contact: M. Jane Heinig, Ph.D.

International Nutrition

Nutrition News for Africa

Nutrition News for Africa

Nutrition News for Africa is a monthly electronic newsletter whose aim is to disseminate state-of-the-art research and policy papers to scientists, program planners, policy makers, and opinion leaders working in the field of public health nutrition in Africa.  The newsletter is prepared as a collaborative effort of Helen Keller International (HKI) and the Program in International and Community Nutrition (PICN) of the University of California, Davis. 

Faculty Contact: Sonja Hess, Ph.D.

Nutrition Seminars

Webcasts of International and Community Nutrition Seminars

The weekly Seminar in International and Community Nutrition provides students and faculty from different departments with an opportunity to discuss a variety of research topics and programmatic issues related to international and community nutrition. The format ranges from formal presentations of research findings and programmatic experiences by outside speakers and UCD professors to informal, critical discussions of recent scientific articles or preliminary data from student or faculty research projects.  Webcasts of selected seminars are available online.

Faculty Contact: Kathryn G. Dewey, Ph.D.

izincg

IZiNCG Technical Briefs

Together with other members of the Steering Committee of the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG), Prof. Kenneth H. Brown and Dr. Sonja Y. Hess developed brief summaries of recommended methods for assessing and improving zinc status.

Faculty Contact: Sonja Hess, Ph.D.

Alive and Thrive Brief

Alive & Thrive Technical Briefs

The Alive & Thrive Insight series of technical briefs addresses the continuum of care for good infant and young child feeding, from initiation of early and exclusive breastfeeding through complementary feeding in later infancy and the second year of life. Alive & Thrive aims to improve feeding practices during this critical period to save lives, prevent malnutrition, and promote optimal growth. Alive & Thrive is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by FHI 360. Other members of the team include BRAC, GMMB, IFPRI, Save the Children, UC Davis, and World Vision.

Faculty Contact: Sonja Hess, Ph.D.