LT4: Food Safety

Long-term indicators inform whether SNAP-Ed participants continue to demonstrate targeted behavioral changes even after graduating from a direct education program. LT1–LT4 indicators measure which behaviors are sustained at a minimum of 6 months post-intervention. The maintenance stage of the Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) Model lasts from 6 months to 5 years.

LT3: Physical Activity and Reduced Sedentary Behavior

Long-term indicators inform whether SNAP-Ed participants continue to demonstrate targeted behavioral changes even after graduating from a direct education program. LT1–LT4 indicators measure which behaviors are sustained at a minimum of 6 months post-intervention. The maintenance stage of the Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) Model lasts from 6 months to 5 years.

As LT3 measures which behavioral changes to increase physical activity and/or reduce sedentary behavior are sustained at a minimum of 6 months post-intervention, SNAP-Ed agencies should use the same survey and data collection tools used in MT3 to measure the extent to which physical activity is increased and sedentary behavior is decreased.

LT2: Food Resource Management

Long-term indicators inform whether SNAP-Ed participants continue to demonstrate targeted behavioral changes even after graduating from a direct education program. LT1–LT4 indicators measure which behaviors are sustained at a minimum of 6 months post-intervention. The maintenance stage of the Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) Model lasts from 6 months to 5 years.

As LT2 assesses the maintenance (6 months or longer) of behavior changes resulting from smarter shopping and food resource management (FRM) strategies, SNAP-Ed agencies should use the same survey and data collection tools used in MT2 to assess behavior change before and after participation in a series of nutrition education and food resource management classes.

LT1: Healthy Eating

Long-term indicators inform whether SNAP-Ed participants continue to demonstrate targeted behavioral changes even after graduating from a direct education program. LT1–LT4 indicators measure which behaviors are sustained at a minimum of 6 months post-intervention. The maintenance stage of the Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) Model lasts from 6 months to 5 years.

As LT1 measures which adopted healthy eating behaviors are sustained at a minimum of 6 months post-intervention, SNAP-Ed agencies should use the same survey or data collection tools used in MT1 to measure the extent to which participants are improving their dietary patterns across food groups on the pathway toward achieving current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations.