Nutrition in Children and Adolescents

Knowledge Path



This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that present evidence-based nutrition guidance, describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs, inform policy and legislation, and report on research aimed at identifying promising strategies for improving nutrition and eating behaviors within families, schools, and communities. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use this knowledge path to learn more about child and adolescent nutrition, to improve care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. Separate briefs list resources for families and schools. This knowledge path has been developed by NCEMCH and will be updated periodically.

View Related NCEMCH Resourcesfor guides about food marketing, food safety, food security and nutrition-assistance programs, nutrition in child care, and more.

Resources for Professionals


See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resource Nutrition and the Health of Young People (2015). This resource highlights the benefits of healthy eating for children and adolescents, the consequences of a poor diet, the eating behaviors of young people, and the relationship between nutrition and academic performance.



The databases listed below are excellent tools for identifying data, additional literature and research, and programs about child and adolescent nutrition.


Literature and Research Databases

Programs Databases

News and Commentary

Resources for Families

Resources for Schools

Resources for Child Care and Early Education Programs

Related NCEMCH Resources

Nutrition in Children and Adolescents: Knowledge Path, 6th ed. (September 2012). (Updated: August 2016).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH; Breanne C. Wilhite, B.S.
Reviewers: Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH.