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Ask A Nutritionist: What Is Nutrition Equity?

By: Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021
  • 1 Minute Read   

In this episode of Ask a Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Kristal Shelden answers the question, "What is nutrition equity and how do we achieve it?”

According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in America are expected to need food aid this year. Ensuring people can access nutritious and culturally appropriate foods regardless of race, education, gender, employment, ability or community is vital to achieving nutrition equity. Solutions to address food insecurity and promote nutrition equity will require multisector collaboration and coordination at all levels—along with new thinking. 

Join Kristal as she discusses how nutrition equity means more than just ensuring children and families have enough food to eat but also means guaranteeing the food they are able to secure is nutritious, high-quality and culturally familiar, which will help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, close nutrient gaps and promote the development of healthy eating patterns. 

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Ask a Nutritionist is an educational video series developed by Dairy Council of California and hosted by registered dietitian nutritionists for educational and informational purposes only. It does not provide individualized nutrition advice and is not intended to be a substitute for recommendations made by your doctor, registered dietitian nutritionist or other health professional. Always seek the guidance of your health care professionals for any specific questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition. If you wish to seek clarification,  please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

Kristal Shelden is Dairy Council of CA’s advocacy manager, driving the organization’s thought leadership strategies and communications.

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