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Strengthen the Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Child and Adolescent Nutrition

Professional Resource Guide


This professional resource guide directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that present evidence-based nutrition guidance, describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs, inform policy and legislation, and report on research aimed at identifying promising strategies for improving nutrition and eating behaviors within families, schools, and communities. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use this professional resource guide to learn more about child and adolescent nutrition, to improve care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. Separate briefs list resources for families and schools. This professional resource guide has been developed by NCEMCH.

View Related MCH Digital Library Resources for guides about food marketing, food safety, food security and nutrition-assistance programs, nutrition in child care, and more.

Resources for Professionals


See HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB's) website on Nutrition (2019). This resource contains information about MCHB’s initiatives focused on State Partnerships, Innovation, Cross-Cutting Collaborations, and Training and Education.

Also, review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resource Nutrition and the Health of Young People (2015). This resource highlights the benefits of healthy eating for children and adolescents, the consequences of a poor diet, the eating behaviors of young people, and the relationship between nutrition and academic performance.


Reports, Briefs, and Other Resources


The databases listed below are excellent tools for identifying data, additional literature and research, and programs about child and adolescent nutrition.


Literature and Research Databases

Programs Databases

News and Commentary

Resources for Families

Resources for Schools

Resources for Child Care and Early Education Programs

Related MCH Digital Library Resources

Nutrition in Children and Adolescents: Professional Resource Guide, 6th ed. (September 2012). (Updated: May 2019).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH; Breanne C. Wilhite, B.S.
Reviewers: Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.