This unit provides insight into food and nutrition education designed for individuals, families and communities. It describes the ways in which food contributes to an individual's health and wellbeing and the use of dietary selection models. It considers the socio-cultural, political and economic factors that influence food and its use, food habits and lifestyle, and gastronomy. The unit covers aspects affecting food and eating including: trends in food consumption, food supply, food safety and security, food policy and public health and nutrition. It takes into account techniques and considerations of providing food and nutrition education within diverse communities with a specific focus on schools as a setting for health promotion.