Thursday, September 1, 2011

Evaluation Results of Multi-Level Nutrition Education Through SNAP-Ed

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Prevention Services Division's Karen DeLeeuw passed on an interesting recent publication from he Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB). In the JNEB's summer supplement, entitled "Network for a Healthy California: Evaluation Results of Multi-level Nutrition Education through SNAP-Ed," there is a description of California's statewide social marketing campaign, funded primarily using SNAP-ed funds and run by the CA Dept of Public Health.

 The 10-year results are impressive, for adults who report 5+ daily servings of fruits and vegetables: a 91% increase for the poorest, 77% increase for African Americans, 43% for Latinos, and – in the 4 years where they had measures (not all 10 years), a 47% increase for SNAP adult participants. Disparities remain, but low-income and race/ethnic audiences made huge gains.

 If you are interested in reading more, take a look at the JNEB Fact Sheet Abstracts and the JNEB Consumption Fact Sheet.

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