Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Reducing Screen Time
Intervention Type: Direct Education
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Community (Live), Faith-based community, Health care, Indian Tribal Organizations, School (Learn), USDA program sites (not National School Lunch Program)
Target Audience: Elementary School, Middle School, Parents/Mothers/Fathers, Adults
- Resource Hub (coach-mentor online training)
- SNAP-Ed SfS Curriculum approved by CDPH
- Measurement & Evaluation Tools
- Player Safety Training Materials
- Coach-Mentor Blueprint
- SfS Admin Guide
- Background Nutrition Information Pages approved by CDPH
- Family & Community Engagement Fliers (English and Spanish)
- Local Training Resources (.ppt, script, planning sheet)
- Criminal History & Abuse Prevention Trainings.
To order materials, potential partners should contact the U.S. Soccer Foundation (email: email@example.com), who will identify the potential partnership pathway that will be best for the setting and from there help identify funding opportunities to access program materials.
Working with private/public sectors, partners leverage resources and existing infrastructure to meet the needs of families in their program. For example, a parent shared how, due to SfS, her child was asking for more vegetables. Their community did not have many stores with fresh food options. In response, a partner engaged a local farmers market to sell fresh food at SfS. Family engagement is now tracked in surveys and 80% of youth state that their families make healthier choices due to SfS.
In the American Institutes for Research’s external evaluation of SfS as a group-mentoring model, 74% of participants reported that SfS increased their gang resistance and “helped them stay away from violence and fighting,” 73% said SfS helped them “try harder in school,” and 93% reported an increased perception of social support by their peers. A quasi-experimental study conducted by Healthy Networks Design & Research demonstrated that participants who undergo just one year of SfS exhibit a greater improvement in Body Mass Index (BMI), aerobic capacity, and eating habits than children enrolled in other evaluated programs.
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: 87% of participants reported healthy eating changes that impacted their weight after participation in SfS
- MT1: 80% of participants reported making healthier choices after participation in SfS
- MT3: 84% of participants indicated that they exercised more after participation in SfS
- LT3: 76% of participants decreased Body Mass Index (BMI) after participation in SfS
- LT3: 83% of participants demonstrated improvement in their PACER time after participation in SfS
- Data Collection Overview
- Post Surveys for Youth
- Surveys for Coach-Mentors
- Surveys for Parents
Promising Practices from Experienced Coach-Mentors
*Updated as of August 25, 2023