Promoting Healthy Food Choices: Adapting Nutrition Education Sessions to Meet the Needs of Elementary and School Children

Live Webinar

The presenter will discuss evidence-based recommendations for elementary and middle school nutrition education programs and illustrate the adoption of these recommendations by providing details of three different programs in schools.

  • Release Date: June 8, 2022
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Date: June 8
Time: noon - 1 p.m. (Central time)

This webinar includes information about effective strategies adopted by nutrition education programs and specifically evidence informed recommendations for school-based interventions. Also, the characteristics of children and adolescents as learners will be highlighted by discussing implementation of three different programs with elementary and middle school children. The example programs will illustrate the benefits of delivering interactive and multicomponent programs. The speaker will also discuss quantitative evaluation tools and qualitative methods used to assess the effectiveness of the three different nutrition education programs. Lastly, the webinar includes information on participant recruitment, retention, and follow-up.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 8.1, 8.2

Learning Objectives

  1. The attendees will summarize approaches to incorporate evidence-informed recommendations for school-based nutrition interventions.
  2. The attendees will explain quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluating nutrition interventions.
  3. The attendees will describe effective nutrition education strategies to promote healthy food choices.


Henna Muzaffar, PhD

Henna Muzaffar earned her doctorate in Nutrition Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012), where she also received post-doctoral training (August 2013 - December 2014). She worked as a Research Coordinator from January 2015 to May 2018, leading a healthy lifestyle program in 4 schools in Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nutrition Science from University of Cincinnati (2002-2005). She completed her dietetic internship from Loyola University (2007), and has been a registered dietitian since January 2008. Since 2018, she has been working as an Assistant Professor and Eating Disorders & Obesity Certificate Facilitator in the School of Health Studies at the Northern Illinois University.

Henna Muzaffar specializes in community nutrition and public health research. She has worked with populations of various ages, diverse health and nutrition issues, and in different research settings. She has discovered a niche in conducting obesity related interventions in schools and health disparities research in the community. She is proficient in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research studies. Her health promotion programs are framed within behavioral change theories. She has also been engaged in developing, instructing, and co-teaching community nutrition, research methods, and health disparities research courses.

For professional service, she serves as the Chair of the Awards Committee of the Nutrition Education & Behavioral Sciences Research Interest Section of the American Society for Nutrition, Past-Chair for the Nutrition Education for Public Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nominating Committee Member of the Research Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Program Committee Member of the West-Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Illinois. She also serves as the Outreach Coordinator for a food pantry, Friends of Champaign County Food Pantry, since 2016; and on the Board of Directors for Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry, since 2019. Henna Muzaffar is the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Friends of Champaign County Food Pantry in March 2018, Early Career Award from the Nutrition Education & Behavioral Science Research Interest Section of the American Society for Nutrition in June 2019, and Award of Excellence in Research from Nutrition Education for Public Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in July 2021.

  • Release Date: June 8, 2022