About KidsCount

Christina Zarcadoolas PhD and Charles Platkin PhD, MPH, two Hunter College professors, are developing an assessment tool to measure children’s health literacy and nutritional literacy.

 

The assessment tool (picture survey) is called KidsCountONE and is intended for children in Grades 2 and 3 (approximately 5-7 years old).  The survey seeks to assess the conceptual and factual knowledge children have about basic elements of health and nutrition. Starting in 2016 the developers of Kids CountONE gathered formative feedback from professionals, including educators, educational psychologists, nutritionists, pediatric health educators to revise the survey and ready it for formal pilot testing with children.

 

The KidsCountONE tool will be ultimately administered orally and children will review and respond by pointing, verbalizing or circling a picture.

 

Post testing KidsCountOne is scheduled to begin in English and Spanish in Spring 2017.

               Christina Zarcadoolas, PhD

Christina Zarcadoolas, PhD

Christina Zarcadoolas is a sociolinguist and internationally recognized expert in health literacy and public understanding of health and science. She focuses on analyzing and closing the gaps between expert & lay knowledge and understanding, paying particular attention to how people make meaning out of complex things. The New England Journal of Medicine called her critically acclaimed book, Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action, “required reading” for public health communication professionals.

Charles Platkin, PhD, JD, MPH

Charles Platkin, PhD, JD, MPH

Charles Platkin, The Diet Detective, is one of the country’s leading nutrition and public health advocates, whose syndicated health, nutrition and fitness column, the Diet Detective appears in more than 100 daily newspapers and media outlets. Dr. Platkin is also the founder of DietDetective.com, which has more than 500 articles and interviews on nutrition, food, and fitness. Platkin is a health expert and blogger featured on Everydayhealth.com, Active.com and Fitnessmagazine.com. Additionally, Platkin is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Hunter College School of Urban Public Health and the CUNY School of Public Health in New York City. As a faculty member, Dr. Platkin has worked to assist a variety of non-profits with nutrition communications, social marketing and evaluation efforts. Notables include the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and City Harvest. Platkin is also a faculty advisor to the New York City Food Policy Center and editor of the NYC Food Policy Watch.