Sustainable food systems apply to all aspects of the field of nutrition and dietetics and there is growing interest in this area from nutrition and dietetics students. To address the need for activities in sustainable food systems, content experts created the Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems (SFS) Curriculum for dietetics students and implementation guide.
The SFS Curriculum and Guide are designed to provide dietetic interns and students with strong foundational knowledge in the nutritional, social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainable food systems. They collectively consists of activities that can be integrated into dietetics education programs as individual stand-alone activities, rotations, or as a program concentration. In this way, it is adaptable to many types of dietetics education programs including dietetic internships, coordinated programs, didactic programs in dietetics, graduate degree programs, and additional settings.
The Implementation Guide offers recommendations and Step-by-Step Guidance for integrating SFS curriculum activities into existing dietetics education programs. Case studies from four University Sites provide examples of how the activities might fit within a variety of programs, including adapting the SFS Curriculum activities for an online, distance learning experience.
Regardless of how the activities are implemented, the SFS Curriculum is shown to advance the knowledge of students and practitioners and provide learners with skills that are applicable to diverse practice settings. We hope these resources will provide the tools to incorporate new, sustainably focused activities within dietetics education. By offering learning opportunities at the intersection of food systems and health, educators can equip future RDNs and NDTRs with the knowledge and skills to have a seat at the table in cultivating a sustainable food system.