Recognizing Cultural Influences on Food Beliefs and Practices


This course is designed for WIC personnel and other health care providers who complete nutrition assessments. Awareness of cultural differences allows WIC personnel to have better and enhanced conversations with all populations.
The goals of the course are to:
  • Define cultural competence and why it is necessary in practice
  • Provide examples of eating practices from various cultures, specifically in the context of the WIC food package
  • Increase awareness of resources, at the local and national levels, that enable WIC personnel and any health care provider to improve services to diverse participants

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is WIC CPAs (competent professional authorities) who perform nutrition assessments for WIC participants. The course will provide overview information on cultural competence in relation to feeding and eating practices and it not intended to be inclusive of all information needed.


The length of time for participants to take this course is estimated to be 2.75 hours.

Course Content

There are three sections in this course:
Section 1: Cultural Competence
Section 2: Feeding/Eating Practices
Section 3: Resources
There are review questions at the end of each section. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. At the end of the course there are scenario and game activities to be used as tool for reinforcing the materials learned in this course. The post-test provided at the end of the course is used as one of the requirements to satisfactory completed the course by having a score of 80% or above.

Continuing Education Units

This course has been approved for .24 nursing CEUs by Iowa Board of nursing Provider #94. The course has also been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 3.0 CPEUs (Level 2).


The following organizations collaborated on the development of this course: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service; Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)- Iowa WIC Program; University of Iowa College of Public Health, Institute for Public Health Practice (IPHP); and Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC).   


Open Learning

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