Food and Nutrition for Older Adults

Implementation of the Recommendations (2012)

Implementation of the Recommendations

This publication of these recommendations is an integral part of the plans for getting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics MNT evidence-based recommendations for older adults to all dietetics practitioners engaged in, teaching about or researching the topic. National implementation workshops at various sites around the country and during the Academy Food Nutrition Conference Expo (FNCE) are planned. Additionally, there are recommended dissemination and adoption strategies for local use.

The recommendation development team recommended multi-faceted strategies to disseminate the guideline and encourage its implementation. Management support and learning through social influence are likely to be effective in implementing recommendations in dietetic practice. However, additional interventions may be needed to achieve real change in practice routines.

Implementation of the recommendations will be achieved by announcement at professional events, presentations and training. Some strategies include:

  • National and Local Events – State dietetic association meetings and media coverage will help launch the recommendations

  • Local Feedback Adaptation – Presentation by members of the work group at peer review meetings and opportunities for CEUs for courses completed

  • Education Initiatives – The recommendations will be freely available for use in the education and training of dietetic interns and students in approved Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE) programs

  • Champions – Local champions will be identified and expert members of the recommendation team will prepare articles for publications. Resources will be provided that include PowerPoint presentations and pre-prepared case studies.

  • Practical Tools – Some of the tools that will be developed to help implement the recommendations include specially designed resources, such as slide presentations and training webinars.

Specific distribution strategies include:

Publication in full: The recommendations are available electronically at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library website ( and announced to all Academy Dietetic Practice Groups. The Academy's Evidence Analysis Library will also provide downloadable supporting information and links to relevant position papers.