Nutrition Primer

New Nutrition Primer Modules Released September 2012

In our ongoing effort to provide succinct, informative briefing documents for California leaders, we are delighted to release three new modules for our Nutrition Primer.

Local School Wellness Policies

Healthy Procurement in Public Agencies

Nutrition Labeling of Menus and Vending Machines

These three modules join 19 released in October 2011, which together provide a tremendous resource to understand the vast and complicated network of nutrition-related programs and policies.

Click here to access the 19 modules in Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California

More about the Nutrition Primer . . . Released October 31, 2011, Understanding Nutrition updated the 2004 edition and is now offered as an online resource.

Included in this primer are 19 modules organized into four sections:

Role of Government

Statistical Profiles

Public Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs in California

Key Issues

Click here to access all 19 modules.

Special thanks to California Food Policy Advocates ( who partnered with CCRWF to update the eight program modules in this revised primer — and to Diane Reed and Patrice Chamberlain who, respectively, developed the Statistical Profiles and Role of Government sections.

Support for this Primer and the Newly Released Modules: This material was produced with support from the California Department of Public Health’s Network for a Healthy California with funding from USDA SNAP, known in California as CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps). These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. CalFresh provides assistance to low-income households and can help buy nutritious foods for better health. For CalFresh information, call 1-877-847-3663. For important nutrition information, visit

Recommended Citation for 2011 Primer: Karpilow, K. A., Reed, D. F., Chamberlain, P.T., & Shimada, T. (October 2011). Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs and Policies in California (2nd ed.). Sacramento, CA: California Center for Research on Women and Families, Public Health Institute. Available on the CCRWF website:

Citations for the 2012 modules are included at the end of each document.

For Additional Copies: Copies of this Primer can be downloaded from the CCRWF website at Permission to copy is granted.

About CCRWF: The California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF) provides information, facilitation, analysis and policy options to help leaders improve the lives of women, families and children in our state and nation. Home to the Women’s Policy SUmmit, CCRWF also produces a series of primers to assist practitioners and policy leaders in advancing their basic knowledge of complex social services systems. For additional information, please go to CCRWF is a program of the Public Health Institute (

Praise for our Partners . . . This primer was produced by a team work of incomparable experts. We particularly would like to thank our Advisory Council, which included:

Laura Brainin-Rodriguez, S.F. Department of Public Health

Carolyn Brown, Network for a Healthy California, California Department of Public Health

Joel Cohen, Center for Oral Health

Susan Foerster, Network for a Healthy California, California Department of Public Health

Kenneth Hecht, California Food Policy Advocates

Marta Induni, Survey Research Group, Public Health Institute

Alecia Sanchez, California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Laurie True, California WIC Association

Errors & Omissions: In a publication with numerous authors and contributors, there undoubtedly will be errors and omissions, for which we at CCRWF take full responsibility. Please send your thoughts and comments about this primer to