2016 SNAP-Ed Program Development Team Meeting

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2016 Program Development Team Members.  Not all team members were present for the photo.

The Land-Grant University SNAP-Ed Program Development Team (PDT) includes Family and Consumer Science Program Leaders and other university administrators, SNAP-Ed Program Coordinators, an office manager, and a NIFA representative who are committed to improving the consistency and effectiveness of SNAP-Ed programming through the LGU System in addressing national health and nutrition-related problems facing low-income populations.  This 16-person team, which represents all Extension regions, meets bimonthly by conference calls, subcommittee, and in an annual face-to-face working meeting.  The team met recently in Alexandria, Virginia to review progress and plan for the upcoming year.  

Highlights of the meeting and the last year include:

  • We offered Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) change development and technical assistance by facilitating LGU involvement in webinars on PSE implementation and coordinating with the SNAP and EFNEP Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (RNECE) Centers of Excellence to increase dissemination and utilization of PSE training and other resources that are currently under development.  We will continue to facilitate training and learning opportunities and information dissemination that comes through these Centers.
  • We hosted a joint webinar with Community Development colleagues and have developed a plan to further strengthen SNAP-Ed and Community Development collaborations.
  • We have maintained the Community Nutrition Education Community of Practice in eXtension, through which we have offered information on activities of SNAP-Ed programs, posted stakeholders’ reports, posted webinar recordings, and posted updates from RNECE grantees.
  • We developed the template and contracted with TEConomy to produce the fourth LGU SNAP-ED Report.  We had a 79% response rate.  Past national reports have positioned us well.  This report which is nearing completion, will illustrate how the LGUs have adapted to changes resulting from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010, at which time SNAP-Ed transitioned to a competitive grant and the program focus shifted to nutrition education and obesity prevention using comprehensive and multi-level interventions for change.  This report is expected to propel Extension, once again, to be seen as effective leaders of SNAP-Ed.   We have a plan for dissemination of the report to key stakeholders, and discussing with program colleagues to guide future programming.
  • We have identified the need to highlight partnerships, programs, and initiatives where CES and public  health have high impact programs (for example, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation winners for Culture of Health).  We will share these highlights within the LGU system so that others can learn from them.
  • We met with Michele Rodgers, ECOP Chair, and with a representative from Cornerstone, who identified data points that they need to speak accurately and effectively about SNAP-Ed through the LGU System in preparation for legislative discussions.  We have developed a survey that will be released shortly to collect the desired information.  Concurrently, in this short survey we will ask universities to self-identify strengths around emerging issues, in order to create an expertise mapping resource for universities to draw upon for mentoring and coaching when faced with similar challenges.
  • We have committed to providing ECOP examples and to working with the land-grant universities to better reflect SNAP-Ed’s role in Extension’s Health and Wellness Framework.
  • Revisions have been made to the manuscript we submitted to the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior that defines terminology used in SNAP-Ed to help develop common language that is understood across all implementing agencies.  We are waiting for further word from the Editor.
  • We presented at the annual national SNAP Directors’ meeting and shared information about SNAP-Ed through LGUs – through a booth and two presentations on the program.  We have plans to continue presenting at the SNAP Directors’ meeting again next year.
  • We submitted comments to FNS on SNAP-Ed Guidance and the Education and Administrative Reporting System (EARS) as invited, and have worked actively with other entities on the further development of evaluation measures for SNAP-Ed.
  • We renewed our commitment to keeping Extension Directors/Administrators informed through monthly contributions to the “Monday Minute”, a presentation at ECOP in July, and ongoing dialogue with FCS Leaders and Program Coordinators through regional meetings.
  • We will also continue to encourage and facilitate regional dialogue on SNAP-Ed, for more consistency in programming and resolution of concerns within and across regions.
  • We set a new priority for 2017 to facilitate stronger university and state agency SNAP-Ed relationships, which may result in a white paper, mentoring, coaching, or other actions.

In addition to these specific actions that have been accomplished, are underway, or are planned, the PDT continues to play a critical role in advocating for nutrition education for low income families.  Members have directly and indirectly communicated importance of federal funding to decision makers, have provided formal or informal mentoring to colleagues in the LGU system and have addressed critical programmatic needs the LGU system faced during changes created by new legislation, regulations, and guidance.

To download a copy of the highlights of the meetings, visit 2016 PDT Committee Meeting Highlights.

FY17 SNAP-Ed Guidance

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Released March 31, 2016.  The FY17 SNAP-Ed guidance has been released from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).  This document provides instructions for development and submission of state nutrition education and obesity prevention program plans.

The SNAP-Ed Guidance, fillable PDF templates, and links to supporting materials are available on the SNAP-Ed Connection Website at:  https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/national-snap-ed/snap-ed-plan-guidance-and-templates

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/ 



SNAP-Ed Toolkit Strategies & Interventions

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The 2016 SNAP-Ed toolkit is now available! It includes interventions and resources for evidence-based policy, systems, and environmental changes that support direct education and social marketing interventions. The highlights of the new toolkit include:

  •  20 additional interventions
  • An update on the Western Region’s SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework (renamed the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework)
  • SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework’s logic model with 51 indicators

Download the full publication here.

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)


2015 SNAP-Ed State Impact Reports

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The following state reports provide a brief overview of SNAP-Ed work conducted in each state and the program impacts from the 2015 fiscal year. Click on the name of each state to view the corresponding report.

Georgia  — SNAP-Ed and HealthMPowers (implementing agency)
Kentucky — SNAP-Ed and EFNEP
Montana — SNAP-Ed and EFNEP
New Hampshire — SNAP-Ed and EFNEP
New York 
Oklahoma — SNAP-Ed and EFNEP
Oregon — SNAP-Ed, EFNEP and Food Hero

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.