Fresh Conversations, a SNAP-Ed Program for Older Adults: Feedback From Program Facilitators


Bahl, M.; Francis, S.L.; Yap, L.; Montgomery, D.; Lillehoj, C.


Objective: As part of a statewide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education program evaluation, Fresh Conversations (FC) facilitators (ie, educators) provided input into a new delivery model. Methods: The researchers interviewed 25 FC facilitators. Interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed for common themes. Results: Most facilitators were women with at least 1 year of FC experience. Key motivators for serving as an FC facilitator included alignment with current employment responsibilities and gerontology interest. Training was viewed as helpful, thorough, and self-explanatory. Implementation challenges included recruitment, public speaking, and time management. Nearly all stated that FC content was important and that other seniors at other congregate meal sites would be interested in FC. Conclusions and Implications: Findings suggest that facilitators were pleased with FC; however, their experiences might be further improved through enhanced training. Further exploration into community food and nutrition program educators’ feedback is needed to ensure these programs meet their needs as well as those of the audience. © 2018 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior


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