Healthy Way to Grow

The Healthy Way to Grow (HWTG) is a direct education and PSE intervention directed at early childhood education centers (ECE). HWTG is designed to promote the adoption of wellness policies and implementation of best practices at the center level to create cultures of health within child care facilities, which positively impact early childhood providers’ knowledge and skills about healthy eating and physical activity (PA), provide tools and resources for child care facilities to help parents and families increase healthy eating and PA, and expose children to healthy foods and PA at a young age. HWTG helps centers learn how to approach these issues and embed best practices into their ongoing activities to create a culture of health and wellness within their environments.

Target Behavior: Breastfeeding, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Reducing Screen Time, Other: staff wellness

Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change

Healthy Nutrition Guidelines for LA County

The Healthy Food Procurement Initiative in Los Angeles County is a PSE Change intervention designed to improve the nutrition standards of the county’s food service contracts.  In 2011, the County of Los Angeles (“County”) Board of Supervisors adopted Healthy Food Promotion in Los Angeles County Food Service Contracts, a motion aimed at County departmental food procurement policies and practices as they relate to nutrition. The motion established a process for the County’s Department of Public Health to develop nutrition standards and/or healthy food procurement practices in new and renewing Requests for Proposals (RFP) for food service and vending contracts across County departments.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: PSE Change

Food Hero

Food Hero is a multi-channel social marketing campaign designed to change family and community behaviors.  Food Hero includes an extensive evaluation process. The program is designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income Oregonians, and components of the campaign have been used widely in other states and countries.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change, Social Marketing

EatFresh

EatFresh.org is mobile-friendly website that was created for the SNAP-Ed population and the organizations that serve them. It provides practical resources and encouragement for individuals with varying levels of digital literacy, internet access, health awareness and culinary skills. EatFresh.org is a stand-alone indirect education resource, an extender for direct education interventions, and a useful tool for a variety of PSE strategies. Partners throughout California use EatFresh.org as a tool to direct their participants to healthy recipes during nutrition workshops, to look up preparation and storage tips for food received at food banks, and to apply for SNAP/Calfresh.  They promote the website by distributing recipe cards at health fairs and other indirect events, and refer clients to the EatFresh.org Mini Course as a flexible direct education resource. The EatFresh.org Mini Course is a free online direct education course that features 15 SNAP-Ed self-paced topics that can be completed in any order.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change

Health Bucks

Health Bucks is a PSE change intervention designed to distribute $2 coupons that can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets. By providing a financial incentive that increases purchasing power, the Health Bucks program helps residents of low-income neighborhoods increase their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, by making it financially possible for local farmers to participate in markets in areas that historically have been less profitable, the Health Bucks program affects the physical environment of low-income neighborhoods by increasing access to and availability of fresh produce. Health Bucks affects a neighborhood’s social environment by encouraging low-income customers and Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) participants to shop at local farmers’ markets.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: PSE Change

Latino Campaign

The Latino Campaign is a social marketing intervention designed to empower low-income Latino adults and their families to consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, drink water instead of sugary drinks, and enjoy physical activity every day via social media and point-of-sale materials in retail locations. The Latino Campaign works with communities throughout California to create environments where healthy behaviors are socially supported and accessible. The fruit, vegetable and physical activity objectives are designed to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, especially cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Social Marketing

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices. Cooking Matters by Share Our Strength teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Cooking Matters provides professional-level curricula and instructional materials, training, evaluation and national leadership support to approved partners, while local program partners provide hands-on, grassroots-level resources, program customizations and relationships that are best addressed on the local level.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Food Insecurity/Food Assistance

Intervention Type: Direct Education

Baltimore Healthy Stores (BHS)

Baltimore Healthy Stores (BHS) is a PSE change and social marketing intervention designed to change the local food environment by directly influencing the availability of healthier food options in stores and increasing awareness and skills of patrons to select and prepare healthier foods through point-of-purchase promotions. Exposure to this intervention has the potential to increase patrons’ knowledge and self-efficacy and to improve their behavioral intentions to select, prepare, and consume healthier foods. A complementary component is directed at small store owners, and provides guidance on how best to select healthy and affordable food options for their stores.

BHS has five phases, each phase lasting about two months. The phases have different themes: healthy breakfast, cooking at home, healthy snacks, carry-out foods (e.g., prepared foods offered at store delis), and healthy beverages. Each phase includes theme-specific behavioral objectives, promoted foods, and health communication (point-of-purchase marketing and nutrition education) strategies.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Food Insecurity/Food Assistance

Intervention Type: Direct Education, Social Marketing, PSE Change

Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition (We Can!)

Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition (We Can!) is a national science-based education program designed for parents, caregivers, and communities to help children ages 8 to 13 years old maintain a healthy weight. We Can! focuses on the following behaviors:

  • Improved food choices
  • Increased physical activity
  • Reduced screen time

We Can! offers tips, fun activities, and resources to help parents and caregivers encourage these healthy behaviors in their family. It also offers organizations and health professionals with resources to implement science-based educational programming and activities for parents, youth and families in their community.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Direct Education, Social Marketing

Retail Program

The Retail Program is a partnership between the Department of Public Health, local community health agencies, and neighborhood stores in California. This partnership aims to increase the availability, quality, affordability, and consumption of fruits and vegetables in low-income Californian communities. The Retail Program provides small-store retailers statewide with a unique variety of tools, resources, and outreach activities to inspire healthy change among their customer base. The program also provides retailers opportunities to increase fruit and vegetable sales, therefore improving their bottom line.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: PSE Change, Social Marketing

Healthy Retail Recognition Pilot

The Healthy Retail Recognition Pilot is a PSE change intervention designed to motivate and enable SNAP-Ed retail stores in low-income areas to identify and achieve environmental changes that increase access to healthy food. The Healthy Retail Recognition Pilot links qualifying retail establishments in California to Local Health Departments with tools and resources to work with supermarkets, small chain, and independent markets statewide.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: PSE Change

Harvest of the Month (HOTM)

Harvest of the Month (HOTM) is a social marketing intervention designed to raise awareness of the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables and being active every day in a variety of settings including schools, daycare, and afterschool programs; retail food stores and farmers markets; health clinics; food banks; and worksites. HOTM provides materials for students, families, and the community to engage in hands-on opportunities to explore, taste, and learn about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and being active every day. Resources provide the opportunity for collaboration among many partners and stakeholders, including educators, school nutrition staff, school administrators, students, parents, farmers, retail outlets, worksites, SNAP offices, after-school programs, and more.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: PSE Change, Social Marketing

Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy

Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy is a PSE and social marketing intervention designed to increase consumer demand for healthy foods in communities and to increase amount of healthy foods sold by urban corner stores and rural small food retailers. Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy is a comprehensive, multi-component, community-based initiative that allows communities to improve access to healthy, affordable foods by working with small food retailers. Through toolkits, resources, and webinars, Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy will guide any community through a unique approach to increasing access to healthy foods that involves engaging small food retailers and community members, and thus addresses supply and demand at the same time.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: Social Marketing, PSE Change

Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (CX3)

The Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (CX3) is a powerful tool that captures and communicates neighborhood-level data to promote healthier communities. It is designed to provide tools for collecting and measuring food quality, availability, and affordability in low-income communities. Armed with this data, health and nutrition advocates around the state are engaging and inspiring community members and partners to pursue healthy food.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: PSE Change

Pick it! Try it! Like it! (PTL)

Pick it! Try it! Like it! (PTL) is a direct education and social marketing intervention which aims to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by providing consumer information on selecting and preparing fresh produce. PTL materials are filled with tips for selecting, exploring, and cooking a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Factual information complements simple, healthy, and tested recipes. Colorful fact sheets, recipe cards, and educational videos provide educators and families with fun, engaging tools to enhance any dietary curriculum in a variety of settings.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: Direct Education, Social Marketing 

Michigan Harvest of the Month (MiHOTM)

Michigan Harvest of the Month™ (HOTM) is a multi-level intervention designed to increase consumption of and access to fruits and vegetables; link child-focused nutrition education in schools with adult-focused supports in community-based food access settings; increase consumption of locally grown produce by connecting growers to their communities in school, child care, worksite, retail, farmers market, health care, and emergency food settings. HOTM features ready-to-go supplemental nutrition education materials that can easily be integrated into the core curriculum and are based on the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: Direct Education, Social Marketing, PSE Change