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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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)
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.
Periodically, the RNECE will be providing updates from each of the regional coordination centers on the activities taking place at each of the centers. Please see below for the updates.
RNECE Northeast Region Update — February 2016
RNECE Western Region Update — January 2016
RNECE Southern Region Update — December 2015
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.