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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Julia C Socke, RD, LDN, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This update of a 2008 book describes the basics of community nutrition and details evidence-based approaches to promote health and prevent disease development. It takes a public health and community-based care approach versus a business and hospital-based perspective.
Purpose: The purpose is to reinforce core nutrition concepts and provide the tools and skills health professionals need to promote health in the community. Considering the many nutrition-related health problems in our communities, this book serves a noble purpose.
Audience: The book is written for nutrition students, community nurses, and health educators.
Features: The first part, an overview of community and public health nutrition, discusses primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. The second part focuses on the knowledge and intervention skills needed to promote health and prevent disease throughout the lifecycle. The third and final part covers the skills and tools needed to design effective health promotion programs. Among the best features of the book are the "Successful Community Strategies" that appear throughout the chapters to demonstrate real-life examples of health intervention.
Assessment: This well-written book is appropriate for students as well as healthcare professionals. It is comprehensive and can serve as a valuable resource for individuals and organizations who want to better understand ways to promote change in their communities. This second edition is appropriate as it includes the concepts in public health and community nutrition that have emerged, changed, or evolved over the five years since the previous edition.