Addressing nutrition literacy and smoking cessation in Brazil

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Addressing nutrition literacy and smoking cessation in Brazil

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On March 12th, Dr. Cupertino had the opportunity to host a discussion about innovative approaches for complex topics such as nutrition literacy and tobacco on a day-to-day basis for health professionals. The event took place in Juiz de Fora, MG – Brazil, where we gathered around 190 health professionals and students.

This current training builds on our successful 3-year Fogarty project partnership between the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). The University of Kansas Medical Center partnered efforts with Juiz de Fora Federal University (UFJF) to introduce two concerning topics that can impact health professionals and patients in a positive way. Nutrition literacy was explained as sharing effective information with patients about keeping a balanced diet and offering feasible tools for them to make healthy nutritional choices. During the discussion we demonstrated ways to overcome a couple of challenges we face when developing an educative health process: the dissociation of communication between health professionals and patients and the patient’s ability of absorption. The tobacco usage was pointed as a chronic disease that causes a biologic dependence. In order to be successfully cared for, the disease demands a more effective treatment that offers medical assistance along with medication and counseling. The event had a main focus on offering tools and support to address these critical problems and treat them efficiently.

The agenda included topics like Nutrition Adjustments According to Regional References presented by Prof. Dr. Verônica Cortez Ginani  (UnB), Nutrition Literacy: Tools and Intervations presented by Prof. Dr. Heather Gibbs (University of Kansas Medical Center/ USA), Interactive Software Usage for Intervation of Tobacco Users: Public and Private Services presented by Prof. Dr. Jaqueline Issa (InCor SP), Smoker Profiles in CHM-Juiz de Fora presented by MSN Tatiane Campos (CHM-JF), Cluster Analysis of the Fogarty Project presented by Prof. Dr. Fernando Colugnati (UFJF), Depression and Tobacco presented by Prof. Dr. Eliane Banhato (Machado Sbrinho/ CES-JF) and our dearest Prof. Ana Paula Cupertino (University of Kansas Medical Center/ USA) presented an  Institutional Tobacco Video and also shared some closing thoughts.



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