RNECE-South Webinar on Collective Impact

opening slide of collective impact webinar

On May 12, 2016, the RNECE-South sponsored a webinar on collective impact. Collective Impact is an emerging strategy for collaboration that is quickly gaining popularity in the social sector. In this webinar, we will introduce the concepts and theories behind collective impact, and guest speakers will discuss how it can be used by SNAP-Ed and EFNEP agencies to strengthen outcomes, especially in policies, systems, and environmental change. 

To view the webinar and slides, visit the RNECE-South website


Cent$ible Nutrition News Newsletters

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The University of Wyoming Extension distributes Cent$ible Nutrition News newsletters approximately 6 times each year.  These newsletters can be found in English and Spanish.  Newsletters have ways to save money at the grocery store, physical activity tips and a recipe.  Below you will find 3 recent newsletters and a link for previous articles. 

For more information on the Cent$ible Nutrition Program or questions about the newsletters, please contact Kali McCrackin Goodenough at kmccrac2@uwyo.edu

February/March 2015   — English and Spanish

December 2015/January 2016 — English and Spanish

October/November 2015  — English and Spanish


For previous newsletters, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/cnp/newsletters/ 



Linking Community Development to Individual Choices : How SNAP-ED and Community Development Can Work Together

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The SNAP-Ed Program Development Team, in partnership with the Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs), conducted a webinar on “Linking Community Development to Individual Choices:  SNAP-Ed and Community Development Working Together.”  To listen to the recorded webinar, visit  http://msues.adobeconnect.com/p7ngvyyhlz5/.

Stay tuned to learn more about how we can help advance SNAP-ED’s efforts to engage community.


WA State Extension — Energize Newsletters

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Washington State University Extension publishes 10 nutrition education newsletters each year on various topics.  Below you will find the newsletters from 2015 and also 3 additional articles written on Policies, Systems, and Environment (PSE).  To view additional articles, visit the Washington State Extension webpage

For more information on the nutrition education newsletters, contact Kathleen Manenica at manenica@wsu.edu

2016 Newsletters

December — Tribal Communities 

November — Minerals

October — Policies, Systems, and Environmental Change Revisited

September — Farm to School

August — Obesity Prevention

June — Food Waste

April — Senior Nutrition and Physical Activity

February — 2015 Dietary Guidelines

March — Healthy Eating Patterns


2015 Newsletters

February — The Roles of Policy and Systems (PSE 3 of 3)

April — Low-fat or Pro-fat?

May — Community Gardens

June — Community Kitchens

July — Low-cost Recipes

August — Whole Grains

September — Food Security

October — Fast Food Realities

November — Food, Nutrition Education, and the Military

December — Aw, Nuts! and Seeds


Additional PSE Newsletters

Policy, Systems, and Environment (PSE 1 of 3)

The Role of the Environmental Supports:  Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice (PSE 2 of 3)


Celebrating “Dining In” Day

Puerto Rico educators in EFNEP program promoting Dining In Day

Janice Colon, Lorna Campos, Gisela Panzardi, Elsa Arana, Ircha Martinez, Lisa Morales. Professionals of Puerto Rico EFNEP program. 

The second annual “Dining In” for healthy family day was celebrated on December 3, 2015.  Family & Consumer Sciences Day is an opportunity to promote family and consumer science programs, tools, and professionals that support family mealtime.  Additionally, this is a day to encourage families to make and eat a healthy dinner together at home.  This year more than 125,000 people committed to participate in “Dining In” Day.

Puerto Rico FCS Program and EFNEP Program from University of Puerto Rico promoted the “Dining in” for healthy families on Family and Consumer Sciences day in the work meetings, educative activities and communities. The Extension personnel shared information about healthy foods and the importance of building good relations in the families and work. 

Learn more about “Dining In” on Family & Consumer Sciences Day here

RNECE Update from National Coordination Center

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This infographic indicates locations where direct-ed, PSE and both direct-ed and PSE funded projects can be found.


USDA’s Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence National Coordination Center Points the Way to Good Nutrition for Low-Income Americans

The Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE) are pointing the way to good nutrition for low-income and disadvantaged Americans by strengthening USDA- funded nutrition education and health promotion programs across the country. Their work will equip SNAP-Ed and EFNEP program implementing agencies to create a culture of wellness where program participants can benefit from improvements in their health, nutrition and increased level of physical activity. To make this culture shift, RNECE is strengthening current evidence-based programs, evaluating program effectiveness, identifying research opportunities and building collaboration around research. The National Coordination Center advances this work by coordinating communication among regional centers, disseminating research findings, combining national data and conducting site reviews as well as an planning the annual directors’ meeting with the RNECEs.

The National Coordination Center has been working to:

  • Coordinate the establishment of advisory groups to develop tools for implementing agencies
    The Centers have worked collaboratively to establish advisory groups that are tasked with developing a Research Translation and Training Program; Affiliate Registry of Implementers and Researchers; a Direct Education Toolkit; and a Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Toolkit.
  • Organize the reporting of program activities among RNECEs
    The National Coordination Center recently held a face-to-face meeting with all RNECE principal investigators and select team members, providing an opportunity for the group to meet with Dr. Helen Chipman, National Program Leader from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). During this meeting, the group collaborated on project direction, marketing, evaluation planning and reporting. 
  • Conduct site visits with each RNECE
    Team members from the National Coordination Center – along with NIFA and FNS – completed site visits to each RNECE, enhancing communication and partnership on project initiatives and cultivating ideas and solutions. During the meeting, the group discussed benefits and challenges of multi-site, cross-agency, regional and national collaborative work.
  • Communicate ongoing evaluation activities among RNECEs
    The Evaluation Specialist at the National Coordination Center conducts quarterly conference calls with each regional evaluation specialist, creating a clear understanding of regional work that gives way to a national evaluation strategy that demonstrates a coordinated effort among Centers that will demonstrate trends in program activities at the national level.

As a result of the ongoing work from the National Coordination Center and the RNECEs, SNAP-Ed and EFNEP implementing agencies will have the resources and support to effectively build wellness cultures that encourage and promote healthy behavior changes through integrated community and public health strategies, including nutrition education, nutrition marketing promotion, in addition to policy, systems and environmental changes.

Newly Released Report!

SNAP-Ed through the Land-Grant University System for FY2010: A Retrospective Review. 


This is a retrospective study and the third national report for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), formerly known as Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE), within the Land-Grant University (LGU) system. The first national report included data from FY 2002. The second report included data from FY 2005. This report includes data from FY 2010, along with a look at trends and comparisons with prior findings.

The entire document can be downloaded here (pdf).




OSU Teaching Students about Garden to Table

Students picking cherries off of a cherry tree.


OSU Extension Franklin County and OSU Wexner Medical Center have combined our efforts to teach over 260 youth about eating healthy plant based recipes. The children grow the vegetables and fruit in the Highland Youth Garden and Chef Jim prepares the recipes while I teach the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in the classrooms.

You can see more information about our program at: http://oncampus.osu.edu/garden-to-table/.    Contact Peggy Murphy at murphy.1401@osu.edu for more information.


RNECE-South Training Webinar: Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change in SNAP-Ed and EFNEP Programs

RNECE South Webinar

The SNAP-Ed/EFNEP South Regional Center of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (RNECE-South) hosted the first of an ongoing series of training opportunities addressing Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change in SNAP-Ed and EFNEP Programming on August 17, 2015. The 90-minute webinar featured an overview of PSE as it relates to SNAP-Ed and EFNEP guidance, specific examples of PSE strategies being used by programs in the RNECE-South region, and evaluation techniques and guidance from an expert in PSE implementation and evaluation.

For those who were unable to attend the online training or are interested in looking back at the information that was covered, the archived webinar (recording) and presentation slides (PDF) are available on the RNECE-South website.

Be sure to check out our website to stay informed about future events and opportunities provided by RNECE-South.