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Faculty Advisory Board on Information Technologies (FABIT) | 2004

“Cornell NutritionWorks: Building Capacity of Nutrition Professionals”

Carole Bisogni and Carol Devine and Christine Olson and Christina Stark and Jamie Dollahite



Cornell NutritionWorks is an online professional development program offering continuing education for nutrition practitioners in a convenient, web-based format. Currently Cornell NutritionWorks provides content in the form of individual topics which members can choose to take for continuing professional education credit. Many currently available or planned topics relate to childhood obesity, however, the information is not presented in a coordinated manner to users. This project aims to develop a more coordinated, comprehensive online course related to childhood obesity on Cornell NutritionWorks that includes increased opportunities for interactive learning. The model for this course could then be used as a template for developing future offerings.

The project created an online course that has been used several times a year since it was created, and receives good reviews from the professionals in the field that enroll in it. The course is offered using the infrastructure and technical support of eCornell, and has students build their own plan for addressing childhood obesity in their community. Subject matter support and feedback on the projects as they develop are provided by Cornell Nutritionworks staff and faculty.


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2010 USDA Grant

To address the obesity epidemic, this project addresses the problem from an ecological approach, which encompasses all factors in the environment rather than solely focusing on informing individual behavior. A six-week training course will be taught to teams of extension professionals and community partners to use this novel method of obesity prevention.

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