J Korean Diet Assoc.  1998 Aug;4(2):254-262.

The Current Status and Prospects of Community Nutrition Services: I. A Study on the Perception of Nutrition Services for the Health Center-Directors in Areas Not Employing Public Health Nutritionists

  • 1Department of Food and Nutrition, Myongji University, Korea.


The purposes of this study were to investigate the perception of community nutrition programs and the conditions to carry them out, for 32 directors of health centers where public health nutritionists are not employed. The results of this study can be summarized as follows. Nutrition intervention programs were not carried out actively except those for infants but the health center directors strongly felt the necessity of carrying out various nutrition programs. The factors that affect the selecting and priotizing of nutrition programs were the need of community residents, the perception of the local congressmen, and the head of the local government. The most urgent and important problem to be solved in order to intervene nutrition programs was employing public health nutritionists on a tenure basis. Other were securing necessary revenue, precise guidance, political support, hardwares, etc. These results showed the importance of employing public health nutritionists for intervening appropriate nutrition programs and improving the perception of nutrition services for health center directors, local congressmen and personnels in charge of formulating nutrition policies.


directors of health centers; public health nutritionists; nutrition intervention; perception and necessity of nutrition programs

MeSH Terms

Local Government
Nutrition Policy
Public Health*
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