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Christina

Stark

Senior Extension Associate
409 Savage Hall
Ithaca, New York
Division of Nutritional Sciences

Biography

I am the Program Leader for Cornell NutritionWorks, an online professional development program for nutrition and health practitioners at www.nutritionworks.cornell.edu. As Program Leader I oversee the content and structure of the website, plus develop marketing and evaluation strategies. For over 37 years I've been responsible for interpreting and communicating research-based information on food and nutrition issues to extension educators, other professionals, consumers, and the media. My most recent interests include providing continuing professional education to practitioners worldwide using distance technology, primarily in two areas: 1) using policy, systems, and environmental approaches to promote healthy eating and physical activity and 2) infant and young child feeding. I am also interested in other consumer food and nutrition issues, such as dietary guidelines and food safety. My overall goal is to enhance the link between nutrition research and practice.

Stark C. Guidelines for food and nutrient intake. In: Stipanuk M, Caudill M, eds. Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition. 4th edition. St Louis, MO:  Elsevier Saunders; 2018 . 

Stark C, Devine C, Dollahite J.  Characteristics associated with the application of an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity. Public Health Nutr. 2017;20:174-182.

Stark C, Hill T, Dollahite J. What we mean by policy, systems and environmental changes: A nationwide training for SNAP-Ed and EFNEP professionals.  J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016;48:S146.(abstract)

Stark C, Devine C, Dollahite J. Factors that enhance application of an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015;47:S97.(abstract)

Stark C, Pope J. Massive open online courses: How registered dietitians use MOOCs for nutrition education. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114:1147-1155.

Stark C, Devine C, Dollahite J. Factors affecting application of an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014;46:S200-201.(abstract)

Dembicki D, Arabi M, Stark C. Modules, MOOCs and more: Increasing capacity and impact in nutrition worldwide through online learning. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014;46:S127-128. (abstract)

Stark C, Adams-Bass V, Devine C, Dollahite J. Building the capability of extension professionals to apply an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity in their communities. J. Nutr Educ Behav. 2013;45:S89. (abstract)

Stark C, Adams V, Devine C, Dollahite J. Building the capability of extension professionals to apply an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity in their communities. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012;44:S91. (abstract)

Stark C, Graham-Kiefer M, Devine C, Dollahite J, Olson C. Online course increases nutrition professionals' knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in using an ecological approach to prevent childhood obesity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011;43:316-322.

Cornell NutritionWorks, at www.nutritionworks.cornell.edu, is an interactive, web-based continuing professional education program for nutrition, health and other community practitioners. The program was developed in response to research identifying professional development needs of community nutrition practitioners. Cornell NutritionWorks uses distance technology to provide a variety of continuing education opportunities for the target audience.

Cornell NutritionWorks members can access cutting edge nutrition information, download resources and tools that enhance practice, and take self-assessments for continuing professional education units. Evaluations show that Cornell NutritionWorks improves the capacity of nutrition and health professionals to address critical nutrition issues, such as childhood obesity.

Major offerings include a 14-module training course, Programming for Infant and Young Child Feeding, developed in collaboration with UNICEF. Two new online training programs are being offered through the eCornell online platform. These are 1) a 6-module course Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: An Introduction to Policy, Systems, and Environmental Approaches to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity and 2) a 5-module course Maternal and Infant Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days.

1996 CDN, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, New York State
1981  RD, Registered Dietitian, American Dietetic Association
1980  MS, Oregon State University, Foods and Nutrition
1976  BS,  University of California at Davis, Consumer Food Science