Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Food Insecurity/Food Assistance
Intervention Type: Direct Education
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Community, Faith-based community
Target Audience: Breastfeeding Women, Parents/Mothers/Fathers, Adults, Older Adults
Race/Ethnicity: No special focus
Each lesson contains the following activities which, following focus group and pilot development, most effectively create a positive environment for change:
- Review and introduction; Icebreakers and introductory knowledge assessments
- Cooking; Food preparation and safety skill development
- Clean-up and tasting; Food safety and sanitation skills/knowledge development
- Nutrition education; Discussions around Dietary Guidelines, MyPlate, participant questions
- Smart shopping; Meal planning, budgeting and purchasing strategies
- Physical activity; Family and individual activity planning
- Action planning; Journaling, self-reflections and goal setting
- Leader’s Guide with introduction and 6 sessions that include preparation checklists, leader instructions, time allocation chart, script, recipes, and activities for each session segment: Introduction, cook and taste, MyPlate nutrition education, smart shopping, physical activity, and action planning.
- Participant workbook with reinforcement handouts for cooking, nutrition and food safety, recipes, smart shopping, physical activity, and action planning.
Training and materials are available here.
Evidence-based Approach: Practice-tested
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Individual||MT1, MT2, MT3, MT4|
|Sectors of Influence|
- MT1l: “I eat ___ cups of fruit most days” significantly increased (p<.001) between pre and post.
- Mt1m: “I eat __ cups of vegetables most days” significantly increased (p<.001) between pre and post.
- MT1j: “At least half of the grains I eat are whole grains” increased between pre and post but was not statistically significant (p>.05).
- MT2a: “I am confident in my ability to shop for healthy foods in the grocery store” significantly increased (p<.001) between pre and post.
- MT2h: “I compare prices when I shop” increased between pre and post but was not statistically significant (p>.05).
- MT2j: “I use a list when I grocery shop” significantly increased (p<.05) between pre and post.
- MT2m: “I am confident in my ability to prepare a healthy meal for my family” significantly increased (p<.001) between pre and post.
- MT3a: “I am physically active for 30 minutes a day” significantly increased (p<.05) between pre and post.
- MT4a: “I am confident in my ability to clean and prepare my kitchen for cooking” significantly increased (p<.05) between pre and post.
Sara Van Offelen
SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension
Extension Specialist Community Health and Nutrition, University of Minnesota Extension
*Updated as of August 23, 2023