Eat Smart in Parks (ESIP)

Eat Smart in Parks (ESIP) is a PSE change and social marketing intervention designed to promote healthier eating in Missouri’s state and local parks. The effort includes the development of a model ESIP policy that guides parks in serving healthier options, training for state and local parks to assist them with using the guidelines, and materials to promote healthier items.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: PSE Change, Social Marketing

Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More (Faithful Families)

Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More (Faithful Families) is a direct education and PSE change intervention that focuses on healthy environmental and policy changes within faith communities. It also promotes healthy eating habits and increased physical activity through a series of group nutrition/physical activity education sessions. Faithful Families can be used with any faith tradition. Trained lay leaders from individual faith communities are paired with nutrition/physical activity educators to co-teach lessons and deliver the program.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Food Insecurity/Food Assistance

Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change

Eat Well & Keep Moving

Eat Well & Keep Moving is a direct education and PSE change intervention designed to equip children with the knowledge, skills, and supportive environment they need in order to lead healthier lives by choosing nutritious diets and being physically active. Designed for fourth- and fifth-grade students, its six interlinked components—classroom education, physical education, school-wide promotional campaigns, food services, staff wellness, and parent and community involvement—work together to create a supportive environment that promotes the learning of lifelong good habits, helps academic, physical education, and health education teachers guide upper elementary school students to make healthier choices while building skills.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change

Shaping Healthy Choices Program (SHCP)

The Shaping Healthy Choices Program (SHCP) is a direct education and PSE change intervention designed to improve children’s health through a school-based, multicomponent approach. The program consists of 4 components: 1) Nutrition Education and Promotion, 2) Family and community partnerships, 3) Foods available on the school campus, and 4) School wellness policy. Program activities include nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, family newsletters, instructional school garden, salad bar, regional produce, school-site wellness committees, and community health fairs. Activities and programs were designed to operate on multiple levels of the Social Ecological Model (SEM) framework, integrated principles from Social Cognitive Theory (SCT), and a program evaluation was conducted. The goal of the program is to improve child diet and physical activity behaviors to prevent obesity.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change

Lifestyle Education for Activity Program (LEAP)

The Lifestyle Education for Activity Project (LEAP) is a whole school intervention designed to increase physical activity in girls and give them the skills to become and remain physically active. LEAP is designed to support physical activity in high school girls and focuses on changing both instructional practices and the environment. Using a coordinated school health program approach, a variety of areas are addressed including, physical education classes, the school environment, health education, school health services, faculty and staff wellness, and the community and family environment. LEAP looks different in different schools, as it is a process that helps schools to develop a program that is tailored to their needs and goals.

Target Behavior: Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SML)

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is a research-tested intervention designed to improve child eating behavior by providing evidence-based tools and strategies to school lunchrooms. The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement translates research from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (B.E.N. Center) to schools across the country. Smarter Lunchrooms ‘nudge’ students to select and consume healthy foods. Smarter Lunchroom strategies are low-cost/no-cost solutions that preserve choice, decrease waste, increase participation, and maintain or increase revenue. The program has a guide of best practices for implementing behavioral economic principles in school lunchrooms to increase the number of students who select fruit, the target entrée, vegetables, reimbursable meals, and milk.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating

Intervention Type: Direct Education, Social Marketing, PSE Change

They Learn From Watching You

They Learn from Watching You is a social marketing campaign designed to influence nutrition and physical activity behaviors among SNAP-Ed eligible residents in Michigan. The campaign uses USDA core messages to emphasize parents as a child’s role model and first teacher. Primary intervention objectives are:

  • Influence healthy eating and physical activity behaviors of SNAP-Ed eligible populations.
  • Reinforce the importance of parents and caregivers as healthy behavior role models for children.
  • Promote messages aligned with SNAP-Ed direct education and policy, systems, and environmental initiatives, creating community wrap-around.

Core messages of the Campaign are:

  •  They Learn from Watching You… Eat more fruits and veggies and they will too!
  • They Learn from Watching You… Be active and they will too!

In 2018, a new message, Healthy Choices Catch On, was tested with images of children and parents being active and eating healthy together as an extension of the core messages used since 2012.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Social Marketing

National Early Care & Education Learning Collaboratives (ECELC)

The National Early Care & Education Learning Collaborative Project (ECELC) is a PSE change intervention that uses a learning collaborative model to promote healthy environments, policies, and practices in early care and education (ECE) settings. Participating programs serving children ages birth to five years work to improve policies and practices related to healthy eating, physical activity, screen time, and breastfeeding support. The project aims to increase the number of early child care and education (ECE) programs that meet the Let’s Move! Child Care best practices and Preventing Childhood Obesity (2nd edition) standards, selected from Caring for Our Children (3rd edition).

Target Behavior: Breastfeeding, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: PSE Change

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do It! (MEND)

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do It! (MEND) is a family-based direct education intervention designed to manage overweight and obesity in 7–13-year-olds and their families by improving health, fitness and self-esteem. The MEND program combines active living (physical activity), healthy eating, and behavior change to facilitate safe, effective weight management and lasting changes in lifestyle. The program is attended by the child and at least one parent or primary caregiver, and runs for 10 weeks, typically for two hours twice a week. MEND helps families in the following areas:

  • Mind – improving children’s self-esteem and supporting families to change their behaviors around eating and activity
  • Exercise – engaging in regular physical activity that is fun
  • Nutrition – learning about good nutrition and healthy eating
  • Do it! – taking action to make healthy lifestyle changes

Healthy Weight Partnership and MEND Foundation provide third parties with the training, resources, support and technical assistance required to deliver MEND programs effectively.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Direct Education

Power Play! Campaign, School Idea & Resource Kit (SIRK)

The Power Play! Campaign, School Idea & Resource Kit (SIRK) is a community-based, social marketing initiative administered by local health departments and implemented in schools. The Power Play! Campaign is designed to improve children’s short-term health and also reduce their long-term risk of chronic diseases—especially cancer, heart disease, and obesity—by increasing fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity (PA) among ethnically diverse, low-income children. The Power Play! Campaign implements activities and messaging in environments where children live, learn, and play. It includes both school and afterschool models that provide low-resource sites with free nutrition education lessons and PA energizers, cafeteria-based promotions, and youth engagement projects.

Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change, Social Marketing