Target Behavior: Healthy Eating
Intervention Type: Direct Education
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Community (Live), Faith-based community, Food pantries, Health care, Worksite (Work).
Target Audience: Middle School, High School, Parents/Mothers/Fathers, Adults, Older Adults
Race/Ethnicity: African American, White
For more information about the materials included with the HFL, visit: heart.org/healthyforlife.
In 2019, surveys of 418 Healthy for Life participants assessed changes in participant confidence in the preparation of healthy foods at home, consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and frequency of healthy shopping habits over time. Pre-post survey results indicate that participants benefitted from the Healthy for Life curriculum. Key findings include:
- On average, respondents increased their daily fruit & vegetable consumption by 0.43 serving(s).
- Almost half (44%) of participants increased their daily fruit and vegetable consumption by 1 or more servings.
- 34% of respondents increased their level of confidence to substitute healthier cooking and food preparation methods
- 37.5% of respondents increased their level of confidence to eat the recommended serving sizes
- 30.1% of respondents reported increased frequency of reading food labels and checking the nutritional values when purchasing food.
Evidence-based Approach: Practice-tested
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Sectors of Influence|
MT1: Healthy Eating
- MT1j: 31% of participants increased their daily whole grain consumption by one or more servings
- MT1l: 40% of participants increased their daily fruit consumption by one or more servings
- MT1m: 33% of participants increased their daily vegetable consumption by one or more servings
MT2: Food Resource Management
- MT2b: 31% reported increased frequency of reading food labels and checking the nutritional values when purchasing food
- MT2m: 30% increased their level of confidence to prepare healthy meals at home
The Healthy for Life evaluation survey should be administered at the beginning of the first educational experience and then again at the end of final experience or every three months following the first educational experience.