375. Healthy in Advance: Applying Prevention Science to Nutrition Interventions and Programs

Monday, October 28
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 204-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149557

Why is prevention science important to RDNs, and how is it different from public health? This session will describe the field of prevention science and how RDNs can apply prevention frameworks to stimulate innovation in evidence-based nutrition practice while developing opportunities for RDNs as critical members of interdisciplinary teams. This session will include a discussion of current prevention science resources, their adaptation to the field of nutrition, and future applications of prevention science for RDNs across multiple disciplines. Current projects from two RDNs in prevention science doctoral programs will be discussed, including promoting healthy eating behaviors in the family as well as obesity prevention and the university food environment. Presenters will share their views on adapting practices for implementation in prevention-related work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the frameworks of the use of risk and protective factors in the development of preventive programming.
  • Apply best practices for the translation, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based programs to nutrition programs.
  • Identify opportunities for the application of prevention science frameworks to nutrition interventions.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4020 Community program development
  • 4040 Disease prevention
  • 9060 Research development and design

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.3.2 Applies community-based and population-based models and theories in the development of programs and/or interventions.
  • 6.3.5 Identifies and designs appropriate research instruments or tools.
  • 8.1.5 Applies medical nutrition therapy in disease prevention and management.


  • Alexandra Jackson, MS, RDN, LD, CD, CDE

    PhD Student

    Washington State University

  • Anna Cahn, MS, RDN

    PhD Student

    University of Oregon

  • Moderator(s)

  • Anne Goetze, RD, LD, FAND

    Senior Director, Nutrition Affairs

    Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council