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Food literacy : time for a new term or just another buzzword?

Vidgen, Helen A. & Gallegos, Danielle (2010) Food literacy : time for a new term or just another buzzword? Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, 17(2), pp. 2-8.

Abstract

Eating is an essential everyday life activity that has fascinated, captivated and defined society since time began. We currently exist in a society where over-consumption of food is an established risk factor chronic disease, the rate of which is increasing alarmingly. 'Food literacy' is an emerging term used to describe what we, as individuals and as a community know and understand about food and how to use it to meet our need, and thus potentially support and empower citizens to make healthy food choices. What exactly the components of food literacy are and how they influence food choice are poorly defined and understood, but increasingly gaining interest among health professionals, policy makers, community workers, educators and members of the public. This paper will build the argument for why concepts of 'food literacy' need to extend beyond existing terms and measures used in the literature to describe the food skills and knowledge needed to make use of public health nutrition messages.

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ID Code: 38272
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Author will send accepted version at a later date. (TH) The following copyright statement was provided: "The Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia holds copyright for material accepted for publication which has not been previously published elsewhere and is accepted as such in the Journal." DT 2/11/2010
Keywords: food literacy, healthy food choices, nutrition
ISSN: 1322-9974
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2010 10:47
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:34

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