Food Safety Education: Health Professionals Knowledge and Assessment of WIC Client Needs
By Schedule B
A written questionnaire was used to assess the opportunities and challenges for food safety education in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The sample included directors and health professionals with nutrition counseling responsibilities in 79 WIC clinics in a midwestern state. Seventy-two percent of the clinics participated in the study. Data analysis included descriptive statistics, chi(2) analysis, and Cronbach’s alpha. Seventy-two percent reported offering food safety advice to 20% or more of their clients daily. Ninety percent identified the food–safety knowledge of their WIC clients to be fair to very poor. The need for food safety handouts, targeted for WIC clients, was identified by 27% of the respondents. WIC professionals are promoting safe food handling among a high-risk population group. Expansion of current food–safety education efforts with WIC clients is encouraged with emphasis on methods to effectively overcome barriers to safe food handling.
March 21, 2018
Schedule B (2004) Food Safety Education: Health Professionals Knowledge and Assessment of WIC Client Needs. Journal Of The American Dietetic Association: Vol. 104, Issue 5, pp. 799-803. Available online: https://jandonline.org/article/S0002-8223(04)00213-5/fulltext