Practice Application Business of Dietetic| Volume 110, ISSUE 11, P1629, November 2010

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Home Economics Makes a Comeback: Opportunities for RDs to Become Part of the Curriculum

      Home economics—for those who attended high schools that offered domestic education courses—may conjure up nostalgic memories of learning to sew a button or how to bake a multi-layered cake, but for entrepreneurial-minded registered dietitians (RDs), the topic brings to mind many interesting professional development opportunities. Home economics—now generally referred to as family and consumer sciences—is no longer focused on churning out the typical, stay-at-home housewife, the so-called “Becky Home-eckies” of the 1950s; rather, these courses are rooted in academia and cover both the scientific and practical aspects of food and nutrition, including basic cooking techniques, caloric requirements, sources of food (farm-to-table), budgeting and finance, and food safety (
      • Lichtenstein A.
      • Ludwig D.
      Bring back home economics education.
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        • Lichtenstein A.
        • Ludwig D.
        Bring back home economics education.
        JAMA. 2010; 303: 1857-1858
        • Auge K.
        Home-ec class isn't dominated by girls anymore.
        (The Denver Post) (Accessed June 21, 2010)
        • Helm J.
        Make this recipe and call me in the morning.
        (Chicago Tribune) (Accessed June 17, 2010)
        • Huget J.L.
        Home Ec's modern makeover.
        (The Washington Post) (Accessed June 8, 2010)