The SNAP-Ed PDT held their annual face to face meeting in Washington, DC recently. Their time together was spent discussing ways to recognize, support, and expand the work that Land Grant University SNAP-Ed programs do with regard to policy, system, and environmental (PSE) impacts. Below is a summary of the meeting:
The SNAP-Ed Program Development Team, representing all Extension Regions, recently met in Arlington, VA to share and plan for the upcoming year. Highlights of the meeting and the last year:
- We recognized that a great deal of policy, system and environmental (PSE) work is happening in Extension now, but not all states have the understanding or skills needed to engage in this work. We are offering PSE professional development and technical assistance over the next few months to aid our colleagues in Extension.
- We prepared a template to gather data for a new report from Land-Grant Universities about their SNAP-Ed outcomes, both direct education and PSE work. Past national reports have positioned us well. The next report for SNAP-Ed through the Land-Grant University System, which will include data for 2015, will be the first to reflect programming since the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 transitioned SNAP-Ed to a competitive grant and emphasized nutrition education and obesity prevention. This national report will propel Extension, once again, to be seen as effective leaders in SNAP-Education. The previous report from 2010 can be accessed online…. http://nifa.usda.gov/resource/snap-ed-2010-national-lgu-report.
- We presented a webinar to highlight the report: Aligning and Elevating University-Based Low-Income Nutrition Education through the Land-Grant University Cooperative Extension System, which was prepared as part of a project funded by NIFA’s Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition at the request of two former ECOP Chairs, Douglas Steele and Daryl Buchholz, to facilitate increased visibility and improved alignment of EFNEP and SNAP-Ed through the Land-Grant University Cooperative Extension System.
- We developed a PowerPoint to assist SNAP-Ed coordinators in communication with lawmakers.
- We surveyed and shared findings on university responses to changes in grant processes, funding, and agency relationships resulting from HHFKA.
- We presented at the annual national SNAP Directors meeting and shared information about SNAP-Ed through LGUs.
- We submitted a manuscript 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. The manuscript has been reviewed and accepted, subject to revisions.
- We met separately with NIFA and with ECOP and Cornerstone. They helped us understand the needs for strengthening communication and programmatic understanding among SNAP-Ed Coordinators, administrators, and the PDT.
- Team members provided input into the FNS SNAP-Ed Guidance, some of which was included in that document.
- We acknowledged the relationship of the PDT with the Regional Nutrition Education Centers of Excellence. Three PDT members are from host institutions for the centers and one is a center PI.
The PDT committed to the following action items for the next year:
- Policy, System and Environmental Approaches to SNAP-Ed
- Measuring Collective Impact
- Community Development Competencies and How They Apply to SNAP-Ed
- Refine and distribute a list of talking points on the value of the LGU SNAP-Ed program.
- Produce the fourth National LGU SNAP-Ed Report of Impacts using the template we recently prepared.
- Communicate with Extension Directors/Administrators through a monthly insertion to the “Monday Minute”. Be available to meet with ECOP at least annually.
- Explore ways for the PDT to be involved with the implementation of Cooperative Extension’s Framework for Health and Wellness.
April was National Garden Month! We are pleased to highlight West Virginia’s work in school gardens. To learn more about the school garden project, visit here.
The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education had a research article published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, “Food Resource Management Education With SNAP Participation Improves Food Security” recently. This is from data collected with the Plan Shop Save and Cook curriculum. The article displays effective SNAP Ed programming and significant findings found amongst SNAP-Ed participants. The lead authors were Lucia Kaiser and Virginia Chaidez Below is the abstract of the article.
Food Resource Management Education With SNAP Participation Improves Food Security
Objective: To determine the influence of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and participant demographics on nutrition education outcomes.
Methods: At program enrollment (pre) and 1 month later (post), a statewide convenience sample of adults, who participated in the Plan, Shop, Save, and Cook program, completed a 7-item questionnaire to evaluate change in resource management skills (RMS) and running out of food before the end of the month.
Results: Percent of participants (n = 3,744) who reported behavioral improvements in RMS ranged from 38.8% in comparing prices to 54% in reading labels. Female gender and Hispanic ethnicity were positively related to pre–post RMS change (P = .001). Participants who received SNAP food assistance and made greater pre–post improvement in RMS reported the greatest decrease in running out of food (P = .001).
Conclusions and Implications: Both food assistance and education on nutrition and resource management are needed to reduce food insecurity in SNAP-eligible audiences.
To access the full article, click here.
Released March 31, 2015. The FY16 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: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/national-snap-ed/snap-ed-plan-guidance-and-templates
Show Me Nutrition is a comprehensive nutrition curriculum that teaches youths from preschool through junior high how to have a healthy lifestyle. The curriculum supports Missouri’s Show Me Educational Standards (adapted from the National Health Standards) and supports grade level expectations for math and communication arts, where appropriate. Several important health themes are taught in each grade level, such as nutrition, food safety, physical activity, media influence and body image, and the grade levels are designed for continuity. Age-appropriate content, activities and handouts make learning about healthy eating fun for students in all grade levels. The preschool through fifth grade curricula include family newsletters that help family members and caregivers support learning from each grade level. Each curriculum includes handouts to reinforce lesson content with families and caregivers. Below is a sample of the newsletters in English and Spanish.
Show Me Nutrition Lesson 1 — Spanish version
Show Me Nutrition Lesson 2 — Spanish version
To see a full list of the newsletters by grade level, please visit the newsletters page on the University of Missouri Extension website.
Poor dietary choices and physical inactivity are linked to major causes of illness and death. Research shows that healthy eating, physical activity, and maintaining an adequate body mass index can lead to a 60 percent reduction in cancer, an 80 percent reduction in heart disease, and a 90 percent reduction in diabetes. Engaging in healthy habits can also increase longevity and improve quality of life. However, many of us become so involved in helping others that we forget to take time for ourselves. In an effort to reverse this habit, Nutrition and Weight Management Specialist, Ingrid Adams and FCS agents and Dayna Parrett, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Nelson County initiated a Wellness Challenge that coincides with Nutrition Month.
The Challenge encourages individuals to commit to making two healthy lifestyle choices: choosing healthy foods each day based on MyPlate; and engaging in the recommended amount of physical activity each day, that is at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on five or more days of the week. Engaging in this amount of physical has been shown to decrease a person’s risk for obesity and chronic diseases. In addition, engaging in physical activity is associated with taking less medication and having fewer hospitalizations and physician visits. At present 195 people have responded to the call and have taken up the Challenge to make healthy lifestyle choices. We encourage you to also join us.
For more information contact: Ingrid Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dayna Parrett (email@example.com).
On Feb. 6th, the Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) was invited by the Legislative Spouses of Wyoming to present a luncheon to honor Wyoming’s First Lady, Carol Mead, in Cheyenne, Wyo. The luncheon, called the Two-Buck Lunch, commemorated Mead’s efforts in improving children’s literacy and health throughout the state. CNP provided the meal and shared program successes.
As CNP director Mindy Meuli explained, the Two-Buck Lunch is so named because SNAP benefits equal approximately $2 per adult meal, based on the USDA thrifty plan for cooking at home. The luncheon gave attendees the opportunity to experience what $2 could buy and the decisions that SNAP participants are faced with when it comes to food and health.
The menu featured recipes from CNP’s newly updated cookbook and included chicken enchiladas, beans and rice, salads, breads and desserts. Each item was priced according to how much one serving of each item costs. While $2 was not enough to purchase a serving of everything, it was enough to ensure that attendees did not leave hungry.
In the future, CNP may be presenting additional Two-Buck lunches in several other counties around Wyoming. The materials for putting together a Two-Buck lunch are available. Please contact the CNP State Office if you are interested.
CNP provides educational opportunities for low-income individuals and families in 23 Wyoming counties. It aims to provide adults with the skills and knowledge to eat healthier while on a budget through menu planning, cooking and food safety. CNP also reaches out to youth and teaches them about eating healthy, food safety and physical activity.
The following state reports provide a brief overview of SNAP-Ed work conducted in each state and the program impacts from the 2014 fiscal year. Click on the name of each state to view the corresponding report.
The SNAP-Ed program in Macon County, Illinois was highlighted in a newspaper article for the work that they are currently doing in the area food pantries. To view the article, visit:
Note: You will need to answer the question on the left hand side of the screen to view the full article the first time.
The University of Massachusetts, Department of Nutrition and the University of New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension have developed a free, online, interactive food safety program for Farm to Early Childcare programs.
Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool Training Program is available online at www.umass.edu/safefoodfarm2kid. This free, self-paced program was created to help early childcare educators, foodservice staff, volunteers and parents understand the importance of reducing the risk of food safety related to fresh fruits and vegetables for young children. The program includes five units:
Farm to Preschool Benefits
Fresh Produce and Foodborne Illness Risks
Food Safety Basics for the Classroom and the Kitchen
Food Safety and Gardening Activities
Food Safety on Field Trips to Farms and Farmers’ Market.
Printable resources such as Best Practices Planning Tools, resources, and Certificates of Completion are available and may be able to be used towards Professional Development requirements. For more information on the program and to get started, visit www.umass.edu/safefoodfarm2kid or contact Cathy Wickham at firstname.lastname@example.org.