2nd Edition

Nutrition in Public Health
Principles, Policies, and Practice, Second Edition

ISBN 9781466589940
Published October 5, 2015 by CRC Press
648 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

USD $180.00

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Book Description

This second edition of a bestseller, Nutrition in Public Health: Principles, Policies, and Practice focuses on the role of the federal government in determining nutrition policy and influencing practice. Beginning with an overview of public health principles, the book examines the application of nutritional policy to dietary guidance, health promotion, and the practice of public health nutrition.

Highlights of New Coverage in the Second Edition:

  • Legislation such as Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill); and proposals for the next Farm Bill
  • Discussions of study designs, the SEED-SCALE model for health promotion, health disparities and health equity, worksite wellness, Let’s Move!, and other initiatives
  • Impact of the ACA on menu labeling policies, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Act, and legislation regarding breastfeeding
  • Examination of health disparities, demographic trends, and health literacy; sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; and the role of social media in tailored health communications
  • 2010 Dietary Guidelines with analysis of potential upcoming changes in 2015 Dietary Guidelines, Healthy Eating Index 2010, MyPlate, and Harvard Healthy Eating Plate
  • Best Bones Forever! Campaign, text messaging for tailored health communication, and 4 Day Throw Away study assessing the use of social media for education regarding food safety

The book explores the importance of nutrition as a component of the broad field of public health. The authors review the principles of public health nutrition, examining nutritional epidemiology and programs that deal with health disparities, weight control challenges, and the needs of special populations. The text addresses the practice of public health nutrition through tools for conducting a food and nutrition assessment of a community, designing and carrying out a social marketing campaign, and developing large and small grant proposals.

Nutrition in Public Health provides an integrated view of nutrition needs and the policies and political mechanisms that affect the delivery of quality food and nutrition services. It gives students a thorough understanding of the federal government’s role in determining nutrition policy and influencing practice.

Table of Contents

Nutrition in Public Health
Preventing Disease or Promoting Health?
Nutritional Epidemiology
Diet-Related Chronic Disease: Disparities and Programs to Reduce Them
Weight Control: Challenges and Solutions
Special Populations
Cultural Competency
Food and Nutrition Policies
Food and Nutrition Guidance
Food and Nutrition Assessment of the Community
Promoting Food Security
Social Marketing and Other Mass Communication Techniques
Food Safety and Defense
Grants to Support Initiatives in Public Health Nutrition

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Arlene Spark attended the City College of New York (CCNY) and Columbia University Teachers College. After majoring in English at CCNY, she worked for a year as a narcotics caseworker for the New York City Department of Social Services and then for three years as a home economics teacher at the Narcotics Addiction Control Commission (NAAC). The Commission awarded her a paid educational leave of absence for an MS in Public Health Nutrition. She subsequently earned an EdM in community nutrition and started teaching on the college level--and has been teaching on the college level ever since. A United States Public Health Traineeship allowed her to return to school to complete a doctorate in nutrition education. Dr. Spark’s career in nutrition includes 12 years of clinical practice and teaching in the Departments of Pediatrics and Community & Preventive Medicine at New York Medical College. At the American Health Foundation she was a co-PI on an NHLBI intervention study in pediatric preventive cardiology, and she served as a co-I on an NHLBI study of the elderly in the Department of Community Medicine at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (now the Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai). Since 1998, Dr. Spark has taught in the City University of New York (CUNY). She is professor in the masters and doctoral programs in the CUNY School of Public Health. She has a New York State Permanent Teaching license in Home Economics (it was through home economics that she discovered nutrition). She was in the first cohort of registered dietitians (RDs) to become board certified in pediatric nutrition and in the second cohort of RDs to become a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). Dr. Spark is the co-author of Food Policy: Looking Forward From the Past (2015). She lives in Demarest, New Jersey, almost 3000 miles away from her daughter and grandsons in Davis, California.

Lauren Dinour is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Montclair State University. Currently, her research interests focus on health-promoting policies and programs that improve childhood nutrition, particularly in the areas of school food and breastfeeding. A Registered Dietitian and public health professional, Dr. Dinour holds a DPH with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition from the Graduate Center, City University of New York; an MPH with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition from Hunter College, City University of New York; and a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Nutrition faculty at Montclair State University, Dr. Dinour worked as a clinical dietitian at several New York City long-term care facilities, as well as a practitioner and researcher with community-based and public health settings in the areas of childhood nutrition and food policy, such as Head Start centers, WIC offices, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Dinour is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition, and New Jersey Dietetics Association. 

Janel Obenchain majored in philosophy at Northwestern University. If she had been smarter at the time she would have continued on to a PhD in philosophy. Pragmatically, she thought law school might afford better employment opportunities. And it would have, too, if she had gone to law school. Fortunately, she was waitlisted and then rejected by Stanford, as this allowed her to instead participate in a far riskier lifestyle of attempting to qualify for the 1996 Olympic team in women’s epee and working in numerous dot.com startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Unfortunately she never made it to the top of either of these two pyramid schemes.

The details between then and her arrival at the public health program at Hunter College, City University of New York are not worth repeating. While residing in New York she studied community nutrition, including that of her own neighborhood. She worked for United Way NYC as a site evaluation consultant for food pantries and soup kitchens and, with a team of professors that included Dr. Spark, developed a policy agenda for the New York City Food and Fitness Partnership. Ms. Obenchain is the co-author of Food Policy: Looking Forward From the Past (2015).


This work comprehensively reviews the role nutrition and dietary guidelines play in US public health initiatives... This is an excellent text to gain basic cross-knowledge of two intersecting fields; nutrition students will learn from the chapter on epidemiology, while public health professionals lacking a clinical background may benefit from the chapter on clinical complications (e.g., diabetes). This work is highly recommended for public health students and professionals, nutrition students, and other social sciences students.

--S. Leslie, Georgia State University

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals. - CHOICE

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