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Health Literacy Training- Shifts that Stick: putting the dietary guidelines into practice

Which one is best: The Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern, Mediterranean-Style Pattern or Vegetarian Pattern? Where does one go to access evidence-based, consumer friendly nutrition resources? This deep dive into the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans compares and contrasts the 3 recommended eating patterns, shares publicly available resources that support the Guidelines’ recommendations and suggests practical strategies for helping people make shifts within and among the food groups with the end goal of improving health one bite at a time.

Learning Objectives: by the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  • To be familiar with the recommendations that aim to reduce nutrition-related diseases in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and compare and contrast the 3 example health eating patterns provided in the guidelines
  • To share strategies for shifting choices within food groups and between groups in a manner that the shifts will stick over time
  • To locate resources that support the public’s understanding of the Dietary Guidelines

This training is intended for all library staff, but will be particularly helpful to those implementing SC Read Eat Grow food and health literacy programming. 


This webinar will take place virtually using Zoom. Instructions for joining will be emailed to those who are registered prior to the meeting. 




Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN

Debbie Petitpain is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the Sodexo Wellness Director at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where she develops policies and programs to advance health on campus and in the community. In addition, she is the Director for Research, Development and Innovation for Synergasia Health driving the design, implementation, testing, evaluation and validation of scalable strategies that improve social determinants and advance health equity.

Debbie is the past Food Security Solutions Fellow for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and has been a volunteer Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 2018, serving consumers as an expert resource on the full range of food and nutrition topics. In 2016, she received a Hero of Everyday Life award for her volunteer efforts to fight hunger in the community by establishing the first hospital USDA Summer Meal Program in the Southeast with the Kids Eat Free at MUSC program. She is committed to helping other institutions replicate this program or any other that promotes health and wellness to the people they serve.

Petitpain has more than 15 years’ experience as a master’s trained registered dietitian nutritionist. She graduated with a degree in biochemistry from the College of Charleston, received her Masters in Nutrition from Boston University and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. At home, she and her husband model to their two young daughters how food nourishes the body, gives us energy, helps us grow and connects us to our community – and require a fork to be eaten! 


If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact the organizer at least two weeks prior to the event.

Questions about the event?

Please contact the Youth Services Consultant Rebecca Antill

Related LibGuide: South Carolina Read Eat Grow by Tiffany Hayes

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Continuing Education
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