Posted: November 21st, 2022

Handout 2

Minor Project #1:
Nutrition Education Handout or Brochure

Your first project is connected to the other two projects. Here you will develop a nutrition
education handout for a particular audience.

Audience and Topic:
The topic of the handout will be the nutritional concern of your target population in the non-
graded Discussion in Unit 2 (See “Discussion: Select Target Population/Nutrition Topic” in Unit
2). For example, if the audience (the target population) is a group of adults with irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS), the handout would need to be age-appropriate and of a relevant topic, such as
talking about the FODMAP diet. For example, in the handout or brochure, I might begin by
defining IBS and then move into a section that addresses Fermentable Oligosaccharides,
Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polysaccharides (FODMAPS). Then I might identify foods
lows in FODMAPS that can be enjoyed by individuals with IBS. This is just an example of how to
get you thinking about your target population and nutrition topic. This population and diet
cannot be used for this project since I am using it as an example. You must use one of the
other 32 ideas from the “Select Target Population/Nutrition Topic Discussion found in Unit 2.

Length of handout:
The handout or brochure should be one page: either one-sided, double-sided (front and back),
or a trifold with 6 panels. Important: The ease or complexity of the handout does not factor
into your grade on this assignment. If you are new at developing handouts, I suggest you use a
one-sided or double-sided handout rather than a trifold.

Once you know your target population and nutrition topic, you must decide on a platform.
There are many different platforms to choose from in making your handout. For example, you
might use Canva or Microsoft Word. I have included some examples with this assignment to
give you an idea of how to get started – these are just examples – make the handout your own!

Key Content:
Keep ideas and messages concise and to the point. Avoid long sentences and paragraphs
because these can be overwhelming to read. Place the most important messages in visible
areas. Use “active voice” (like you are talking to your audience). Use examples to facilitate

Keep the reading level of your audience in mind. The reading level of your audience is lower
than you think. In developing materials for the public, remember the average reading level for
adults is about a 7th or 8th grade level. Use simple vocabulary for best communication. For
example, instead of “consume”, use “eat” or “drink”.

Be sure to use color, images, or icons to give your handout focus and excitement. Choose
colors that do not clash and are “easy on the eyes”. Make sure to use “royalty free images” –
here are a few websites where you can find these kinds of images:



If you are using a chart, graph or image which is copyrighted, you must either get permission or
follow the copyright rules if it is in the public domain, and of course it must be cited.

More on Citing References:
Include a “For More Information” or “For More Help” area. The references used could be listed
here in APA format.

Design Tips:
Use bullet points to break up the information. Use text boxes to separate ideas. Provide
headings, subheadings, etc. (you can color block or surround these in a text box with color).
Balance the text with visuals. You do not have to include images – using color, lines and shapes
can result in an appealing handout.

Refer to Chapter 14 for more information regarding font size, style, color choice, picture
placement, readability, etc.

Your educational handout is to be submitted as a PDF document.

The handout assignment is worth 75 points.

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