Nutrition in Different Populations

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Certain population characteristics should be considered when choosing an intervention.  Nutrition behaviors are a product of age, culture, education, social and economic position, food access, family structure, and health status. Therefore, population subgroups that differ by age, race, ethnicity, income or geography may respond differently to your intervention. The following considerations and strategies reflect “lessons learned” from nutrition interventions conducted within various population subgroups.  Despite the increasing accumulation of evidence, knowledge about “how something should be done” remains limited (Rychetnik, 2004). Therefore, the considerations and strategies provided below may or may not be applicable to all subgroups. As always, it may be useful to work with the priority populations in adapting intervention activities to fit their needs.

Nutrition is a major risk factor for many of the chronic diseases that affect our communities. Depending on the type of intervention you plan, it may be helpful to visit the population pages for related risk factors and diseases (Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke, Oral Health and Physical Activity).

Racial and ethnic minorities

Children and adolescents

Older adults

Low income








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