Nutrition Education With A Focus on Culture

Hello Diablo Valley dietitians! We are excited to bring you another virtual CEU opportunity with a presentation on cultural awareness in nutrition education.
Nutrition Education with A Focus on Culture with Jasmine Westbrooks

Thursday, December 15th at 5:30 pm on Zoom (registration closes Tuesday, December 13th)
CEU: 1.0 unit

Eating healthy is no one size fits all approach especially when the United States has a great variety of cultures and experiences. Diversity in nutrition is essential for patient-centered healthcare and dietitians must demonstrate cultural humility, sensitivity, and empathy for every culture this country represents.

Unfortunately, only 2.7% of dietitians are African American and only 3% are Hispanic, which is a very small percentage compared to clients we serve from those demographics. For communities of color, working with dietitians that don’t necessarily look like them may cause clients to feel that their food and food preferences are misunderstood. Join us as we discuss cultural and racial diversity in the field of nutrition while providing resources, tips and strategies to work with our clients based on an individual’s culture and food preferences. We will also highlight the many different factors and socioeconomic barriers that affect many people when making healthier choices.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify linguistic approaches and strategies for effective communication
  2. Learn the definition of cultural humility, cultural awareness and sensitivity
  3. Investigate how cultural and ethnic background impact relationship and food choices
  4. Learn how to use and recommend foods from diverse cultures of the African diaspora
  5. Understand what food deserts are and its relations to malnutrition and obesity
  6. Learn about social and environmental barriers and influences affecting low socio-economic communities

Speaker Bio:
Jasmine Westbrooks is registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She is one of the co-founders of EatWell Exchange, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the primary goal of bridging the gap in health outcomes by guiding communities in making positive lifelong changes while respectfully maintaining their culture. They provide community outreach and various culturally relevant nutrition, gardening and culinary programs geared towards preventing chronic diseases.  EatWell Exchange has served over 19,000 since 2017. They teach lower socioeconomic community members of all ages how to make practical changes that are relevant to their needs. Also educating nutrition and health professionals on the importance of understanding culture foods when making recommendations. EatWell Exchange partners with nonprofits, businesses, organizations, and schools to reach various low-socioeconomic populations.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Click here to register:

If you would like to join DVD and attend this event for free, please fill out this form first:

Diablo Valley District Member & Student Academy Members – free
Member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics – $10
Non-member (neither AND nor DVD: Includes RD/RDNs, DTRs, & Students ) – $20

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Dec 15 2022


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


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