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Revista de Nutrição
Print version ISSN 1415-5273
SANTOS, Lígia Amparo da Silva et al. The dietician in the school food program: evaluation of a training experience based on focus groups. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.1, pp. 107-117. ISSN 1415-5273. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-52732012000100010.
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed a training program for dieticians, actors of the Brazilian School Food Program, in Northeast Brazil. This program was developed by a partnership between the Schoolchildren's Food and Nutrition Collaborator Center from the Federal University of Bahia and National Education Development Fund, from 2007 and 2008. METHODS: The focus group method was administered to dieticians who participated in the training program. Four focus groups were done and the data were organized into two categories: one about learning during the training program and one about the ability to make changes. RESULTS: Most participants were females aged 20 to 35 years. Their participation in the training program had been at least three months before the study. Assessment of the training program showed that the program improved their technical and scientific knowledge about themes related to professional practice and about the ethical and political dimension of their work. The program encouraged mobilization for possibly strengthening the category, incentivized partnerships among different agents and sectors and promoted the planning of new law-enforcement actions. CONCLUSION: The dialogical perspective was striking for the participants, enabling them to confront their realities and collectively reflect on the dietician's role in the field of school food.
Keywords : Nutritionist; Permanent education in health; In-service training program evaluate; School meal program.