Have you ever created nutrition handouts at the last minute prior to a nutrition seminar? We often develop them without thinking about the fact that excellent nutrition handout can make a good nutrition seminar even better.
Why Give Nutrition Handouts?
- Be sure to help attendees remember your nutrition seminar long after it is over.
- Show info visually, which meets the needs of visual learners.
- Permit attendees to concentrate on your meeting instead of writing down everything you say.
- Provide attendees with a guide to help them with future research.
- Give you something to refer back to when planning future nutrition seminars.
Nutrition Handouts: When to Create Them?
Nutrition Handouts should be created at the same time that you’re planning your nutrition seminar. This ensures that the facts you include will be tailored to that specific seminar.
It’s a really good idea to make copies of your nutrition handouts ahead of time to avoid potential problems (like having the photo copier jam ten minutes before your nutrition seminar begins.)
Nutrition Handouts: When to Distribute?
Recommendations differ greatly with respect to the best time to distribute nutrition handouts. Some experts think it is best to distribute nutrition handouts at the beginning or end of the nutrition seminar, and experts prefer the point at which the info is most relevant.
Just remember that your attendees will most likely look at nutrition handouts right when they get them and will most likely miss no matter what you say in the next a few minutes.
Nutrition Handouts: What info to include?
- Be sure to an outline of the main topics in your nutrition seminar.
- Be sure to include specific information that attendees will want to refer in the future.
- Consider including additional nutrition information or a bibliography.
- Be sure to include nutrition illustrations, charts and graphics
- Be sure to make part of your nutrition handout an activity guide.
- Remember, with nutrition handouts “less is more” so be brief.
Nutrition Handouts: Design Tips?
- Be sure to set off important information using italics, bolding and/or underlining.
- Use bullet lists because they are easier to scan and understand.
- Generally leave at least a 3/4 inch margin on each side.
- Use a two-column format.
- Serif fonts (Times New Roman) are more impressive than sans serif fonts (such as Arial).
- Be sure to use fewer than four fonts in a handout.
- Be sure to leave plenty of white space for easy reading.
- If you have several nutrition handouts, make them individually discernible by using different colors.
- When you are nutrition handout is complete, ask yourself the following:
- Do the nutrition facts flow well?
- Does the nutrition handout look appealing?
- When a attendee were to forget everything you presented, would the data included in the nutrition handout help them remember the main ideas?
- Is your personal contact info included?
- Are there helpful nutrition websites or applicable nutrition tips are needed/included?