Cent$ible Nutrition Program

University of Wyoming Extension

Overview

Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) is a free nutrition program in Wyoming that offers interactive classes on cooking, food, health, and budgeting. CNP offers classes for both adults and children. Adult classes are for groups or individuals. The curriculum is made up of 17 hands-on lessons. Each lesson series includes 8 of those lessons to help meet your needs. These classes can help you make healthier meals for less money.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Direct Education

Intervention Reach and Adoption

Cent$ible targets low-income residents of Wyoming.  CNP classes are provided in every county in Wyoming, as well as the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Setting: Community

Target Audience: High school, Adults, Older Adults, Parents/Mothers/Fathers, Homeless/Food Pantry Clients

Race/Ethnicity: All

Intervention Components

The Cent$ible curriculum consists of 17 hands-on lessons. CNP lessons are about helping you make healthy choices on a limited income. All CNP lessons are free and include a CNP cookbook, kitchen tools, a menu planner, and a year-long subscription to the CNP newsletter. The lessons include topics such as:

  • Cooking
  • Saving
  • Nutrition
  • Smart shopping
  • Physical activity
  • Meal planning
  • Food preparation
  • Food safety
  • Food storage

Intervention Materials

All participants receive a cookbook, kitchen tools, a menu planner, and year-long subscription to a newsletter.

Evidence Summary

According to the 2015 evaluation report:

  • Families who participated in CNP in 2015 saved an average of $44.50 per month or $534.00 per year on groceries.
  • 91% of adults who participated in CNP showed improvement in one ore more of the following nutrition practices:
    • Reading nutrition labels
    • Eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
    • Decreasing soda intake
    • Increasing physical activity
  • 83% of adults who participated in CNP improved in one or more of the following food resource management practices
    • Making food from scratch
    • Using a grocery list
    • Planning meals
    • Comparing prices
    • Running out of food less often
  • 63% of adults improved in one or more of the following food safety practices
    • Thawing foods safely
    • Washing hands correctly
    • Preventing cross-contamination
  • Kindergarten and first grade students improved in the following areas:
    • 81% improved their intake of healthy foods
    • 67% improved their food safety practices
    • 29% improved their physical activity
  • Second, third, and fourth grade students improved in the following areas:
    • 85% improved their intake of healthy foods
    • 36% improved their food safety practices
    • 36% improved their physical activity
  • Fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students improved in the following areas:
    • 91% improved their intake of healthy foods
    • 64% improved their food safety practices
    • 64% improved their physical activity

For more information, visit: https://issuu.com/cnp_newsletters/docs/highlight_report_2015

Classification: Practice-tested

Evaluation Indicators

Based on the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework, the following outcome indicators can be used to evaluate intervention progress and success.

Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST) Changes – Medium Term (MT) Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT) Population Results (R)
Individual ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4 MT1, MT2, MT3, MT4 LT1, LT2, LT3, LT4
Environmental Settings
Sectors of Influence

Evaluation Materials

Currently, no evaluation tools or materials are publicly available.

Additional Information

Website: The Cent$ible website (http://www.uwyo.edu/cnp/#) includes free cooking, healthy eating, and physical activity resources.

Contact Person(s):
Mindy Meuli
Cent$ible Nutrition Program Director
Phone: (307)766-5181
Email: mmeuli1@uwyo.edu

General Contact Information:
Cent$ible Nutrition Program
1000 E. University Avenue
Dept. 3354
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-5375
Toll Free: 1-877-219-4646
Email: cnp-info@uwyo.edu