Additionally, The OWG online component allows for projects to collect usage data from all users on the platform. Data collection reports will be available to SNAP-Ed partners which tracks/reports on total time of each session with details on books read, activity sheets/newsletters downloaded, videos watched and physical activity (via new WISERCISE! level). This usage report can assist with your PEARS reporting.
Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, Physical Activity and Reducing Screen Time, Food Insecurity/Food Assistance
Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Community gardens, School gardens, Child care (Learn), Community (Live), Faith-based community, Food pantries, Health care, Indian Tribal Organizations, Schools (Learn), USDA program sites (including National School Lunch Program)
Target Audience: Preschool (<5 years), Elementary School, Parents/Mothers/Fathers, Adults, Homeless/Food Pantry Clients
- Educator Tools: lesson plans, implementation guides, training videos and evaluation
- The OrganWise Guys digital platform: grade-appropriate story books (with optional read-along narration), corresponding activity sheets, coloring pages, drawing lessons, educational videos, games, recipes and more
- Signature Programs: Food of the Month kit, WISERCISE!, etc. Both of these programs are available in physical form and on the digital platform.
For a comprehensive list of materials, see the online catalog. OWG curriculum resources correlate to state-specific educational standards as well as national STEM and Head Start standards. To find materials that match each state’s specific standards, use the OWG Curriculum Standards Tool. Evaluation instruments are available for program use at no cost. SNAP-Ed enjoys discounts nationally on some materials such as a 50% discount on activity books.
Materials are available on a digital platform implemented in 2019. To review and demo see https://digital.organwiseguys.com/
A 2010 American Dietetic Association publication found OWG participants had statistically significant greater improvements in BMI, blood pressure, waist circumference, and academic scores, among low-income Hispanic and White children in particular, compared to controls.
A master list of publications can be found on the OWG website.
Evidence-based Approach: Research-tested
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Individual||ST1 ST3||MT1, MT3|
|Environmental Settings||MT5, MT6||LT7|
|Sectors of Influence|
- Pre- and Post-tests for Kindergarten-5th grade
- Garden kit evaluation
- Post program educator survey
Food Service and Healthy School Climate Survey Tools (PSE) (contact OWG for editable word documents).
Dr. Michelle Lombardo
President, The OrganWise Guys Inc.
Phone: (770) 495-0374
*Updated as of August 7, 2023