Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity
Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change, Social Marketing
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Age: Elementary School, Parents/Mothers/Fathers
- When Text2BHealthy is combined with youth classroom based nutrition education, youth demonstrate a greater increase in fruit and vegetable consumption, taste preference for healthy foods, physical activity, and fruit and vegetable self-efficacy over youth receiving only classroom-based education.
After participating in Text2BHealthy, parents report:
- Consuming a significantly wider variety of fruits at the end of the school year than at the beginning of the year.
- 58% of parents report often or always eating more than one kind of fruit daily
- 68% of parents say their child is doing the same.
- Consuming a significantly greater variety of vegetables at the end of the school year than at the beginning of the year.
- 65% of parents often or always eat more than one kind of vegetable each day
- 53% of parents say their child is doing the same.
- Engaging in significantly more physical activity.
- Parents report spending an average of 6.1 hours per week (or 52 minutes per day) engaged in physical activity
- Their children are physically active an average of 5.1 days per week.
Text2BHealthy has been recognized in the following reports:
- Text2BHealthy was highlighted in the Best Practices in Nutrition Education for Low-Income Audiences document published in cooperation with USDA FNS, USDA NIFA and Colorado State University.
- Text2BHealthy was featured on the USDA Blog – Partnership, Technology Help Forge a Healthier Generation
- Text2BHealthy was awarded the 2015 Priester Award for Health Education Innovation
Maryland SNAP-Ed Program — University of Maryland Extension
Phone: (443) 283-2818
*Updated as of August 20, 2023