Food! How Do We Ensure Good Nutrition for All?

Food! How Do We Ensure Good Nutrition for All?

Food! is a freely available community research guide developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in partnership with the InterAcademy Partnership as part of the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project. These Smithsonian Science for Global Goals community research guides use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to focus on sustainable actions that are defined and implemented by students.

Food! is a module broken up into seven parts. Each part contains a series of tasks to complete. Each task contains additional resources to support that task. We have provided a suggested order for the parts and tasks. However, the structure of the guide hopefully allows you to customize your learning experience by selecting which parts, tasks, and resources you would like to utilize and in what order you would like to complete them.

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Food! is also available in Spanish!


Click below to download the PDF files for each part of the community research guide. Follow the instructions in the research guide for each task. The guide will tell you when to go to the additional resources for that task.

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Part 1: Problem

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  • 1-1 Mapping Your Identity
  • 1-2 Thinking About Decisions
  • 1-3 Pre-Surveying Team
  • 1-4 Introducing Food
  • 1-5 Building Team Identity
  • 1-6 Defining the Research Problem
  • 1-7 Understanding Community Action Plan
  • 1-8 Exploring Research Perspectives
  • 1-9 Building Claims from Evidence
  • 1-10 Mapping Questions


Part 2: Community

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  • 2-1 Mapping Research Sites
  • 2-2 Surveying Community
  • 2-3 Analyzing Survey Data
  • 2-4 Connecting Food, Culture, Identity, and Histories
  • 2-5 Collecting Food Culture Oral Histories
  • 2-6 Identifying Community Partners
  • 2-7 Debriefing the Community


Part 3: Building Blocks of Nutrition

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  • 3-1 Creating Food Journals
  • 3-2 Collecting Community Food Journals
  • 3-3 Understanding and Analyzing Food Groups
  • 3-4 Assessing Food Guidlines
  • 3-5 Estimating Portion Size and Serving Size
  • 3-6 Picking Your Plate
  • Access "Pick Your Plate!" Game
  • 3-7 Collecting Building Blocks Oral Histories
  • 3-8 Analyzing Building Blocks Survey Data
  • 3-9 Debriefing Building Blocks


Part 4: Access and Storage

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  • 4-1 Identifying and Mapping Food Access Points
  • 4-2 Assessing Food Access Points
  • 4-3 Identifying Local Edible Plants
  • 4-4 Thinking About Food Storage
  • 4-5 Experimenting with Food Storage
  • 4-6 Collecting Access and Storage Oral Histories
  • 4-7 Analyzing the Access and Storage Survey Data
  • 4-8 Debriefing Access and Storage


Part 5: Cooking and Preservation

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  • 5-1 Exploring Ingredients and Recipes
  • 5-2 Picking Your Plate
  • 5-3 Analyzing the Cooking Tools and Methods Data
  • 5-4 Exploring Preservation Techniques
  • 5-5 Collecting Cooking and Preservation Oral Histories
  • 5-6 Analyzing the Cooking and Preservation Survey Data
  • 5-7 Debriefing Cooking and Preservation


Part 6: Food Security

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  • 6-1 Analyzing Food Security Data
  • 6-2 Mapping Food Connections
  • 6-3 Exploring Food Security Stories
  • 6-4 Assessing and Mapping Food Advertisements
  • 6-5 Collecting Food Security Oral Histories
  • 6-6 Analyzing the Food Security Survey Data
  • 6-7 Debriefing Food Security


Part 7: Community Action Plan

Download Part 7: Community Action Plan

  • 7-1 Analyzing Action Plan Survey Data
  • 7-2 Assembling Part One of the Community Action Plan
  • 7-3 Targeting an Issue for Action
  • 7-4 Brainstorming Action Options
  • 7-5 Developing Part Two of Your Action Plan
  • 7-6 Creating Part Three of Your Action Plan
  • 7-7 Post Survey Team
  • 7-8 Thinking About Your Future Actions
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