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.
Background and Context
Locating SNAP-Ed participants after the completion of a series-based program requires meticulous records of participants’ follow-up information. Participants can be reached through a telephone, mail, email, or face-to-face survey and may require a list of collateral contacts, such as family, friends, or neighbors to help locate them. Local SNAP-Ed agencies may seek to host a follow-up or booster educational session or activity for participants who return to complete a long-term assessment of their behaviors.
Long-term follow-up for school-age children could occur during a subsequent semester or school year. Adults or transitional-age youth who reside in group living arrangements can potentially be contacted in the same residence. SNAP-Ed agencies should consult with their Institutional Review Boards to ensure human subjects protections are in place.
The additional benefit of long-term follow-up of SNAP-Ed participants is determining through surveys or interviews how changes in food and physical activity environments measured in the Environmental Settings chapter impact participants’ behaviors. Changes in pricing, availability, and marketing of healthy foods and physical activity resources will impact the extent to which participants can continue to practice the skills and behaviors they learned in direct education programs. SNAP-Ed agencies should consider aligning their long-term follow-up of program participants with the long-term measures of maintenance and effectiveness in Environmental Settings (see LT5 and LT6).
LT2. Food Resource Management Behaviors
LT3. Physical Activity and Reduced Sedentary Behavior
LT4. Food Safety Behaviors
See Medium-Term Indicators MT1–MT4 for complete write-ups.