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Targeted Food Marketing to Youth Online Course

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Are you a professional interested in helping youth build the needed skills to wisely select and prepare healthful foods? Do you work with parents and caregivers or directly with youth through Headstart, after-school programs, and the like? Then the Targeted Food Marketing to Youth online course is for you!

What Will I Learn?

Targeted Food Marketing to Youth is an online course for professionals who work with parents and caregivers, or directly with youth in after-school programs and similar efforts. The course covers the influence of food and beverage marketing, including advertising, on children from infancy to the early teen years. This course provides tools, resources, and strategies to encourage healthful eating that you can pass on to parents, caregivers or youth. Information for parents and caregivers covers two age groups: birth to age 7 and ages 8-13.

Through a combination of online narrated presentations, handouts, online discussions, take and teach lesson plans, links to additional resources, and more, you will:

How This Course Works

Targeted Food Marketing to Youth is designed as an online self-study course. After starting the course, you can work through the modules at your own pace — as long as you finish work by the course deadline. Most participants spend about seven hours on the course.

The exact time needed to complete the course will vary depending on your current knowledge and the amount of time you spend doing additional readings and activities. As with any endeavor, you will get more out of the course the more time you put into it.

The cost for this course is $25. Fee waivers are available for university of Minnesota Extension staff and students. Send an email to for more information.

Upon course completion, you will receive a certificate recognizing your accomplishment.

How do I get started?

Registration is closed for the summer session. Send an email to tfmy@um.nedu to express your interest in this course.

Already registered for the course? Access the course now.

Having problems with registration and/or access? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

The materials in this online course were created and/or adapted by the following Extension educators:

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