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Revista de Nutrição
Print version ISSN 1415-5273
MELLO, Adriana Lima et al. Profile of the national school food program dietician in the Brazilian Northeast. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.1, pp. 119-132. ISSN 1415-5273. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-52732012000100011.
OBJECTIVE: This study analyzed the profile of dieticians who work for the National School Food Program and participated in training courses offered by the Schoolchildren's Food and Nutrition Collaborator Center of the Northeastern states in 2007. METHODS: This descriptive, exploratory study used nonprobability sampling to recruit 434 dieticians. Education, work experience, work, activities performed at National School Food Program and sociodemographic variables were analyzed. Pearson's chi square test was used to investigate possible associations between time working for National School Food Program and performed activities. RESULTS: Most participants were females (97.2%) aged 20 to 30 years (42.7%) and graduated more than ten years ago (40.2%). Most were also working only part time in the program (53.3%). The income of most dieticians ranged from 2-5 minimum salaries (64.1%). Most dieticians who frequently performed the analyzed activities had been in National School Food Program for 2-5 years (p<0.05). CONCLUSION: National School Food Program dieticians take on responsibilities that overlap with other areas of knowledge, especially education and administration. In parallel, despite the professional satisfaction, the participants were not very satisfied with their work conditions.
Keywords : School food; Nutritionist; Professional profile.