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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

098 Nutrition Education and Behavior Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Nutrition, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

California - statewide

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Comments

9 Comments

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I think it is critical that the individual hired is bilingual ( Spanish- English). They must have experience and cultural sensitivity to work with the growing Chicano/Latino community, given the disproportionate rate of childhood obesity in this population. This individual should have a proven track record working in nutrition based projects in diverse and low income communities and should fully understand community based approaches in developing nutrition and physical activity interventions at the local level.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 12:39 PM by Adela de la Torre
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I think it is critical that the individual hired is bilingual ( Spanish- English). They must have experience and cultural sensitivity to work with the growing Chicano/Latino community, given the disproportionate rate of childhood obesity in this population. This individual should have a proven track record working in nutrition based projects in diverse and low income communities and should fully understand community based approaches in developing nutrition and physical activity interventions at the local level.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 12:39 PM by Adela de la Torre
3
The individual should be a public health nutritionist so they are equipped to assesses the community’s nutrition needs, plan, direct, and evaluate community nutrition interventions to meet these needs.

They should also be a Registered Dietitian (RD)/ Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). RDs/RDNs, are the food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, training and credentials that back a RD/RDN are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices.

For food and nutrition information based on fact and how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease—rely on a RD/RDN, the qualified professionals in the field.

RDs/RDNs can draw on their experience to develop personalized nutrition plans for individuals of all ages and cultures. RD/RDNs are able to separate facts from fads and translate nutritional science into useable information. RD/RDNs are experts on interventions to address healthy weight, eating healthfully and reducing risk of chronic disease.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 1:26 PM by Suzanne Haydu
4
The California State WIC Program strongly supports that this position be filled and supported by UCDavis. Our Program has worked closely and collaboratively with Dr. Kaiser over the past 20+ years to reach out and serve our State's vulnerable population of woman, infants and young children. It would be a great loss to us and to this population if this position were not filled.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 4:19 PM by Pat Gradziel, PhD, RD California State WIC Program
5
Joint housing of CE Nutritionist helps everyone. I have learned a lot from my CE colleagues that have a positive impact on my research. It also has had a positive impact with my work at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). For example, it helped me with discussion points with The Dietary Guidelines. I taught a class on Nutrition Journalism and my students went to CE specialist for help. Our department would be poorer without joint housing. Bottom line: my respect for my CE colleagues knows no bounds.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 6:31 PM by Judith Stern
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This position would be very valuable for research and intervention programs conducted in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. We currently have programs focused on reducing diabetes/obesity among immigrant farmworkers, and the help of a CE specialist with this expertise would be a perfect fit.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 10:20 PM by Marc Schenker
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This position provides an incredibly important linkage between the University and the community. By building a strong research and outreach program in nutrition education and behavior, the individual will serve as an invaluable resource and collaborator for faculty who wish to communicate their work to the public or to promote positive change in behavior. By being imbedded within the Department of Nutrition, the individual continually will be exposed to cutting edge research and will have opportunities to interact with students, researchers and faculty. They will bring a much needed area of expertise that will strengthen the department and the University as a whole, while being grounded in the needs of the diverse communities of California.
Posted Jul 10, 2014 12:27 PM by Christine Stewart
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This new position is critical for continued progress in research and practice to improve nutrition and childhood obesity prevention. Location in the Nutrition Department provides important nutrition science and research support, and there will be many opportunities for collaborative research with Public Health Sciences and other academic departments. The ANR links ensure there is a commitment to translational science and community-based prevention.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 7:10 PM by Diana Cassady
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This position is very important for communicating that early nutrition is critical to prevention of nutrition-related disease. Location of this specialist within the UCD Nutrition Dept is important to facilitate the outreach efforts of AES faculty. As Director of the Program in International and Community Nutrition (PICN), I view this position as a key opportunity to strengthen applied research in the domestic arena (an important part of the PICN mission).
Posted Jul 21, 2014 8:18 AM by Kay Dewey

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