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J Nutr Health. 2013 Oct;46(5):470-481. Korean.
Published online October 31, 2013.
© 2013 The Korean Nutrition Society
Establishment of accreditation criteria for nutrition and dietary education materials
Kyoung Ae Lee,1 Ji-Myung Kim,2 Yoo Kyoung Park,3 Kyung-Hea Lee,4 Sang Woo Oh,5 and Hee Seung Lee2
1Department of Practical Arts Education and Centre for Child Nutrition Education, Busan National University of Education, Busan 611-736, Korea.
2Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Hanbuk University, Dongducheon 483-777, Korea.
3Department of Medical Nutrition, Graduate School of East-West Medical Science, Kyung Hee University, Yongin 446-701, Korea.
4Department of Food and Nutrition, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773, Korea.
5Department of Family Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang 410-773, Korea.

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Received July 26, 2013; Revised August 20, 2013; Accepted September 06, 2013.

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This study provides standardized scientific criteria for education materials on nutrition and diet that could be used in schools, workplaces, and health and medical facilities. The study was conducted from April 2011 to October 2011. Literature reviews, institutional visits, and telephone interviews were conducted for the first draft of the accreditation criteria. Expert meeting and advisory councils were conducted in order to obtain feedback after development of the first draft of accreditation criteria. In order to verify the validity and reliability of the first draft on certification criteria, a survey was sent out to 143 professionals, including professors, researchers, health and medical experts, teachers, nutrition teachers, dietitians, and clinical nutritionists. After several modifications, the final accreditation criteria were established for 1) printed materials (authority, credibility, objectivity, organization, editing, real-life usability, activities and participation, and public interest), 2) web-sites (authority, credibility, objectivity, design, real-life usability, accessibility, currency, and public interest) and 3) materials with activities (credibility, organization, design, convenience of utilizing, safety, and public interest). Out of several criteria, contents (authority, credibility. and objectivity) and publicity (public interest) areas are mandatory requirements. For the accreditation, books for learning and materials with activities are required to meet more than six evaluation components, and the other materials are required to meet more than five evaluation components, including the required area. Accreditation criteria developed in this study could be used as a standard for development or selection of good education materials for nutrition and dietary life.

Keywords: accreditation criteria; nutrition education materials; printed materials; web-sites; materials for activity


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Developing process of accreditation criteria for nutrition and diet related education materials.
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Table 1
Reference materials about evaluation criteria of health related informations and Web sites
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Table 2
Classification of educational materials for the development of accreditation criteria
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Table 3
Analysis of evaluation criteria for books and web-site presented in the domestic and foreign literature n (%)
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Table 4
Validity of the first draft of accreditation criteria
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Table 5
The Final plan of accreditation criteria for nutrition education materials
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This research was supported by a grant from Korean Health Promotion Foundation in 2011

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