Child and Adolescent Nutrition
Professional Resource Guide
Table of Contents
- Reports, Briefs, and Other Resources
- Databases: Data, Literature and Research,
- News and Commentary
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.
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.
- Adolescent Nutrition. Resources for health professionals, educators, parents and teenagers about adolescent nutrition and eating disorders. This online resource is presented by Jane Mitchell Rees, Ph.D., R.D., C.D., at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
- Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN): Moving to the Future. Offers a collection of tools to develop successful community programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Includes instructions for conducting a community assessment, writing priorities, goals and objectives, developing a nutrition and physical activity plan, and implementing and evaluating programs.
- Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP). Dietary-guidance materials and reports linking scientific research to consumers' nutrition needs. CNPP is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Resources include
Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015-2020). Information and background materials about the federal government's evidence-based nutrition guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.
Also see the Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL), which specializes in conducting systemic reviews to inform Federal nutrition policy and programs.
- Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Articles, reports, fact sheets, legal and regulatory filings, and model legislation to promote safer, more nutritious food. Focus areas are eating healthy, protecting our health and what you can do.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Nutrition. Data and statistics on nutrition, breastfeeding and micronutrient facts, surveillance systems, and state indicator reports; strategies and guidelines that states, communities and parents can take to help improve dietary quality and support healthy child development; resources and publications related to nutrition, breastfeeding and micronutrient malnutrition. Resources and initiatives include
Growth Charts. Tools and background information for plotting the growth of infants, children, and adolescents through age 20. CDC recommends that health care providers use the World Health Organization growth standards for infants and children ages 0-2 years and the CDC growth charts for children 2 years and older. Also see the set of training modules for health professionals using the pediatric growth charts in clinical and public health settings.
Healthy Communities Program. Resources and tools to help community advocates encourage people in their communities to make healthy choices at home, work, school, and other settings through sustainable changes that address the major health risk factors: tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating. Nutrition topics include increasing access to locally grown fruits and vegetables and reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.
Also see CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Chronic Disease State Policy Tracking System, and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).
- Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC). Research seminars, a newsletter, news articles, interactive nutrition calculators, healthy eating posters for schools, and games. CNRC is one of eight federally funded human nutrition research centers conducting scientific investigations designed to provide Americans with a clear understating of the role of nutrition in maintaining a healthy, active life The CNRC is operated by Baylor College of Medicine in cooperation with Texas Children's Hospital and the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Economic Research Service (ERS). Economic information, research, and publications on topics that include food safety and food and nutrition assistance. Also see the Food Access Research Atlas and Food Environment Atlas.
- Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC). Databases and resource lists with links to reports, policy statements, websites, listservs and blogs, and other information tools on a wide range of food and nutrition topics for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers. Topics include dietary guidance, lifecycle nutrition, diet and health, food composition, weight and obesity, food safety, food labeling, dietary supplements, and nutrition-assistance programs. Resources include
Interactive DRI for Healthcare Professionals. Tool to calculate daily nutrient recommendations for dietary planning based on the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).
- Healthy People 2020. National health-promotion and disease-prevention initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. View the topics and objectives, leading health indicators, data search, healthy people in action, tools and resources, and webinars and events for nutrition and weight status and food safety. Use the MAP-IT (Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, Track strategy to implement HP2020 locally and view your state's plan for making progress on the HP2020 objectives.
- Leadership, Education and Training (LET) Program in Maternal and Child Nutrition. Web-based curricula and training information about maternal and child health (MCH) nutrition for nutrition professionals and other health professionals who work with women, infants, children, and adolescents. Areas of specialization include maternal nutrition, child and adolescent nutrition, prevention of eating disorders, childhood obesity, school and community nutrition intervention programs, dietary assessment methods, nutritional epidemiology and factors affecting child/adolescent growth and development. LET is part of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
- Maternal and Child Health Training Program: Nutrition Grantees Collaborative Website. Information about university-based MCH nutrition training programs and resources, webinars, and conferences.
- PolicyLink: Healthy Food Access Portal. Resources that highlight the problem of access to healthy food in underserved communities and innovative solutions and tools for community-driven advocacy to improve access.
- The MCH Digital Library has a collection of publications and other resources about
child and adolescent nutrition. To view them, search the
library's online catalog MCHLine® using
search form. Type child nutrition in the keyword
field and set publication date limits. Click on Search MCHLine to get
your results. Conduct another search using the using
search form. Type adolescent nutrition in the keyword
field and set publication date limits. Click on Search MCHLine to get
your results. There will be some overlap in your search results.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Nutrition, Physical Activity: Data, Trends, and Maps. Online tool for viewing data by location and by indicator (obesity/weight status; breastfeeding; fruits and vegetables; physical activity; sugar drinks; television viewing).
- Food Access Research Atlas. Map food access indicators and view census tract-level statistics on population groups with low access to healthy food. Economic Research Service (ERS).
- Food Environment Atlas. County-level statistics on food choices, health and well-being, and community
characteristics to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and
diet quality and to analyze a community's ability to access healthy food. Economic Research Service (ERS).
- National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Nutrient information on approximately 8,000 food items. NDL also offers reports about single nutrients and the nutritive value of foods; measurement-conversion tables; and food-composition publications. Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
- Also see resource brief, Maternal and Child Health Data and Statistics, and, in particular, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).
- Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL). Systematic reviews about food and nutrition research. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).
- Also see resource brief, Maternal and Child Health Literature and Research Databases and, in particular, the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) databases, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series, the National Agricultural Library (NAL) Catalog (AGRICOLA), and PubMed.
- Chronic Disease State Policy Tracking System. Search for legislative and regulatory information on nutrition topics that include access to healthy foods, farm-direct foods, farming incentives, and school nutrition. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: Policies and Programs by “Diet and Exercise”. Policies and programs on this topic, with evaluation of whether they are supported by scientific evidence or not.
- Also see resource brief, Maternal and Child Health Programs Databases, and, in particular, the Prevention Research Centers (PRC).
Nutrition Research Center (CNRC):
Nutrition and Your Child. This electronic newsletter offers research-based information about the nutritional care and feeding of infants, children, and adolescents.
and Nutrition Information Center:
Listservs and Blogs.
This annotated list links to electronic
discussion groups and blogs about nutrition, cooking, food service, nutrition-assistance programs, and related issues.
- See family resource brief Nutrition in Kids and Teens.
Resources for Schools
- See school resource brief Nutrition Education and School Meals.
Resources for Child Care and Early Education Programs
- See resource brief Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in Child Care and Early Education Programs.
- Breastfeeding resource brief
- Eating Disorders organizations list
- Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents resource brief
- Food Safety resource brief
- Food Security and Nutrition Assistance Programs resource brief
- Nutrition During Preconception and Pregnancy resource brief
- Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
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.