Target Behavior: Healthy Eating
Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Child care, Community, Faith-based community, Health care, Retail, School, Worksite
Target Audience: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Pregnant/Breastfeeding Women, Parents/Mothers/Fathers, Adults, Older Adults, Homeless/Food Pantry Clients
The EatFresh.org Mini Course is available in English and Spanish. Topics include how to read a nutrition label, how to navigate the grocery store, plan meals, eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, reduce sugary beverages, manage portion sizes, and develop food resource management skills. Participants can earn up to three certificates of completion, which can be used by partner organizations to provide incentives or to simply track progress. Unique referral codes issued to each organization by Leah’s Pantry also offer a way to track participants’ usage of the Mini Course.
The Mini Course is also frequently used as a training and technical assistance tool for nutrition educators and peer health workers. Five additional modules are available for nutrition educators and cover topics related to providing a learner-centered SNAP-Ed workshop for a variety of ages and settings.
Leah’s Pantry hosts information and resources for those interested in promoting EatFresh.org on its website: http://leahspantrysf.org/about-eatfresh/
EatFresh Mini Course: http://eatfresh.org/mini-course
EatFresh Integration Toolkit: http://leahspantrysf.org/eatfresh-toolkit
Order Print Materials: http://leahspantrysf.org/eatfresh-order
Webinar Series: http://leahspantrysf.org/eatfresh-webinars/
A 2016 pilot study of the EatFresh.org Mini Course (n=99) found statistically significant results among three indicators: knowledge for calculating sugar in drinks, recognizing fats in three similar dairy products, and recalling the number of sodium milligrams in a cup of carrots. Other significant findings included showing high confidence in using unit pricing while shopping, reading nutrition labels for sodium, fats, and fiber; a readiness for eating whole wheat tortillas, drinking reduced-fat milk, and eating brown rice; and using MyPlate food groups for a healthy breakfast. Overall, 83% of participants strongly agreed or agreed that they learned at least one new healthy message from each topic in the course.
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Individual||ST1, ST2||MT1, MT2||LT1, LT2|
|Sectors of Influence||MT12|
- Website and social media usage tracking
- Website user satisfaction survey
- Key informant interviews
- Focus groups
- Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior (KAB) survey
The EatFresh.org Mini Course pilot evaluation was analyzed by Dan Perales (Perales Associates Evaluation Services). The pre- and post-test questionnaires are used within the EatFresh.org Mini Course and are available for use by any organization promoting the Mini Course. Through the use of referral codes (provided by Leah’s Pantry), Leah’s Pantry can share evaluation data for users of the course who identify with an organization’s referral code. Evaluation data includes data required for federal SNAP-Ed reporting, as well as short-term indicators relating to confidence and intent to make healthy food and drink choices.
Information about EatFresh.org and resources can also be found on the Leah’s Pantry website at: http://leahspantrysf.org/about-eatfresh/
Jessica Silldorff, MPH
Sr. Program Coordinator, EatFresh.org
Phone: (858) 212-1992
General contact info for Leah’s Pantry:
Leah’s Pantry Main Office
3019 Mission St
San Francisco CA, 94110
Phone: (415) 429-3829