New book releases from the College of Health and Human Sciences

Teaching teachers to teach kids

A new book aimed at giving students and future teachers a comprehensive understanding of the nutrition, health and safety needs for young children has just been released. College of Health and Human Sciences faculty Joanne Sorte and Inge Daeschel and Corvallis pediatrician Dr. Carolina Amador authored Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children: Promoting Wellness. The book gives practical, applied, easy-to-understand information to prepare teachers to work with diverse young children and their families. It includes case scenarios, real-life situations and examples to help students learn about these important aspects of teaching young children life skills. “Nutrition, health and safety are important building blocks for wellness during early childhood and set the stage for children’s positive growth and development,” says Joanne. “This book equips child development professionals and early childhood educators to address these influences on children’s development and understand that a positive state of health and well-being is crucial to the learning process.”

(L-R) Joanne Sorte, Inge Daeschel, and Dr. Carolina Amador authored the book to help educators promote childhood wellness.

The book is an outgrowth of the Health in Action program created by Joanne and Inge that teaches kids and families about the benefits of healthful nutrition and regular physical activity to combat the alarming growth of obesity in children. According to Inge, “The applied approach of the book helps early childhood educators put important wellness concepts into practice.”

Joanne is director of the Child Development Laboratory at OSU’s Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families and Inge is an instructor in the lab and a registered dietitian board-certified in pediatric nutrition. The Child Development Laboratory at provides a “living laboratory” for students and interns who work with children in the lab’s prekindergarten Head Start Program. Dr. Carolina Amador is a pediatrician who sees children and families at the Lincoln Health Center in Corvallis. Her professional interests include Latino health, breastfeeding, and health disparities.

Guidance on nutrition for students and practitioners

Melinda Manore is professor of nutrition and exercise sciences at OSU, vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine Board of Trustees, and well-known author of books on nutrition and exercise. Her recent releases include the second edition of two books for students and practitioners on sport nutrition and the science of nutrition.

OSU Professor Melinda Manore collaborated on this second edition with Nanna Meyer and Janice Thompson, both her graduate students when she was at Arizona State University.  Sport Nutrition for Health and Performance helps students and practitioners understand the function of the nutrients in the body and how these nutrients affect health and athletic performance. It presents comprehensive, nutrition information that may be applied to a variety of careers. The text provides students with practical knowledge in exercise and nutrition science, and it keeps practitioners on the cutting edge of current research and practices in the field.  Using the authors’ extensive backgrounds in nutrition, exercise physiology, and fitness, the text combines micronutrients into functional groupings to provide an easy framework for understanding how these nutrients can influence exercise performance and good health for both athletes and active individuals. This unique presentation allows readers to fully understand why proper nutrition helps athletes prevent injury, enhance recovery, improve daily workouts, and maintain optimal health and body weight.

The second edition of The Science of Nutrition features an applied approach for organizing vitamins and minerals based on their functions and effects on the body. Rather than requiring students to memorize all the vitamins and minerals and their characteristics, the authors present them based on their functions (like fluid and electrolyte balance, antioxidant function, bone health, energy metabolism, and blood and immunity health), so that students can understand their effects on the body.  The second edition adds new learning aids to further help students learn and apply the material. Additionally, learning and teaching aids have been expanded for students and instructors, including a new version of MyDietAnalysis, available in both online and CD-ROM formats.