Public education regarding nutrition is very important. Throughout the different stages of a person’s life cycle – from child to teen years to pregnancy to senior adulthood, people’s dietary needs change. People need proper education about food and nutritionists at public health organizations play an important role. Good nutrition promotes good health and can help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Good nutrition is more important than ever before as the U.S. faces the increasing problem of obesity. According to the Center of Disease Control, more than one–third of all Americans are obese. And an increasing number of children are overweight.
What Community Nutritionist Do
Community nutritionists provide consult for people with special dietary needs or restrictions. For example, if some has food allergies, they may be able to provide safe dietary recommendations. Also, with all the recent changes in rules in food labels and regulations such as trans fat amounts, community nutritionists can help people understand how these changes affect their health.
Community nutritionists may work in public health, schools, universities, applied research institutions, and governmental agencies such as Centers for Disease Control and National Institute of Health. They help people understand food choice behavior and how food intake influences those behaviors. Community nutritionists help design, implement, and evaluate nutrition education programs and policies. The average community nutritionist salary is $63,000 a year. See our average nutritionist salary page for more information.