Eat, Move, Win

Dairy Council of California


Dairy Council of California’s Eat, Move, Win (EMW) program is a direct education intervention, which consists of five online lessons that seek to improve high school students’ awareness of their food environment and the link between food and health. The lessons are accessed online to engage high school students in reading and writing activities, game-based interactions, and teacher-facilitated discussions. The program aligns with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and encourages appropriate portions from all 5 food groups.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Reducing Screen Time

Intervention Type: Direct Education

Intervention Reach and Adoption

EMW is no cost and designed to be taught in the high school classroom setting. This includes low-income population schools. It can be accessed online and if technology is not available it can be taught without it. Testing the program in a variety of high schools helped develop lessons that were relevant to the target audience. It could easily be used in a clinical setting for patient education classes or one-one nutrition counseling.

Setting: School (Learn)

Target Audience: High School

Race/Ethnicity: No special focus

Intervention Components

EMW is an interactive, five-lesson program that empowers students to take small steps to better eating and healthier habits. It was created in collaboration with registered dietitians and education professionals to provide an engaging learning experience for students. Eat Move Win features include:

  • Relevant topics important to teen health
  • Engaging lessons and activities
  • Turnkey lessons and auto-graded quizzes
  • Current, research-based nutrition information
  • Alignment to California Health and PE standards
  • Lessons and resources available at no charge

Intervention Materials

EMW materials can be found here.

Intervention Costs

Materials are available at no cost.

Evidence Summary

A formative evaluation was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the EMW program at changing students’ nutrition knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, barriers, home environment, and dietary intake behavior. Results from the evaluations (student pre- and post-surveys, quizzes as part of the lessons) showed the following after completing the EMW lessons:

  • Students answered an average of 71-75% of the online nutrition knowledge quiz questions correctly.
  • Students showed significant improvements in attitudes towards trying and eating healthy foods, and significant improvements in self-efficacy (i.e., confidence) to eat healthy foods and limit unhealthy foods.
  • Students viewed the EMW content positively. More than 70% of students found interactive components of EMW either somewhat or very useful. Eighty-five percent of students indicated that they developed a SMART goal as part of the EMW curriculum.
  • Students reported significantly increased consumption of milk (+0.18 servings/day), whole grain bread (+0.13 servings/day) and pasta/rice (+0.12 servings/day), and breakfast. They also reported significantly decreased consumption of soda (-0.10 servings/day) and marginally decreased consumption of cookies (-0.07 servings/day).
  • Teachers’ ratings revealed that they were most satisfied overall with the Eating Patterns: Breakfast and Meals lesson, followed by Nutrient Gaps: Under-consumed Foods.

Unintended outcomes included the following:

  • Classroom observers noted that student engagement with, understanding of, and interest in EMW content as moderate to high.
  • Changes in attitudes, self-efficacy, and dietary intake behaviors were similar in direction and size between high school students receiving the EMW program and a control group that did not receive the program. The lack of differences between these groups suggests that caution should be exerted when attributing observed changes to EMW exposure, as other outside factors could account for these effects.

In 2014, they conducted interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders, classroom teachers and students to assess their needs.

Evidence-based Approach: 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 LT1, LT2, LT3 R
Environmental Settings ST5
Sectors of Influence

Evaluation Materials

Evaluation tools are available here (student pre and post surveys), but registering and logging in are required.

Additional Information

Website: The Eat, Move, Win website includes lessons, activities, quizzes, research-based nutrition information, and quick steps to get started.

Contact Person:

Lisa Larsen

Dairy Council of California, California Department of Food & Agriculture