179. Feeding and Educating the Future: Evidence-Based Nutrition Education Collaborations

Monday, October 28
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 119-AB
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149497

This session highlights the work of Georgia’s first Academic Nutritionist position within the Georgia Department of Education, a position created by the State Superintendent of Schools. This position works to incorporate nutrition into the classroom as a method of educating the whole child. The Academic Nutritionist works closely with other state agencies and health coalitions throughout Georgia. She also works closely with both School Nutrition Programs and Teaching and Learning/Curriculum and Instruction to integrate food-based learning into cross-curricular areas. This enhances student and teacher engagement while also meeting Georgia Standards of Excellence in K-12 subject areas. Local school system program implementation and successes will be showcased.   

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role of nutrition in a system of continuous improvement as it relates to the whole child.
  • Identify ways to augment standards-based classroom lessons with food-based learning opportunities for K-12 learners.
  • Explain ways school nutrition programs and food based learning can be integrated into existing curriculum.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 6040 Education theories and techniques for children and adolescents
  • 8110 School foodservice
  • 6050 Instructional materials development

Performance Indicator:

  • 8.2.2 Applies knowledge of health determinants when planning, developing and implementing services, programs, meal plans and menus.
  • 9.3.1 Critiques and selects appropriate, current, evidence-based, practice-based reference materials to support the development of nutrition education resources.
  • 9.4.2 Selects and uses appropriate content and teaching methods to meet individual and group needs.


  • Kelley Toon, MS, RDN, LD

    Academic Nutritionist

    Georgia Department of Education

  • Cindy Culver, MS, RDN, LD

    Director of School Nutrition

    Marietta City Schools

  • Moderator(s)

  • Linette Dodson, PhD, RD, LD, SNS, FAND

    State School Nutrition Director

    Georgia Department of Education