Community-Based Nutrition Education
Community-based nutrition education works with families to support skills to buy, cook, and eat healthy foods. This service is invaluable to adults who never developed healthy habits, who have moved to a new area with unfamiliar produce, or who simply want to expand their food horizons. It is also important to children, whose food preferences and eating habits are being shaped by their family environment.
LiveWell Colorado has a number of reports relevant to community-based nutrition education. See the Food Policy Blueprint, the Guide to Integrating Healthy Eating and Active Living into Colorado’s Rural and Small Town Communities, and the Guide to Integrating Healthy Eating and Active Living into Colorado’s Suburban and Urban Communities.
Read about the innovative nutrition education program Colorado Cooking Matters.
Models: Programs & Projects
Cooking Matters is a community-based education program that teaches participants how to select and prepare nutritious and low-cost ingredients.
Shopping Matters helps families make healthy and affordable choices at the supermarket through grocery store tours, budgeting strategies, understanding food labels.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), funded by the USDA and administered by Colorado State University Extension offers free lessons by trained peer educators in their Eating Smart – Being Active program.
SNAP-Ed through Colorado State University encourages low-income individuals to make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles.
SNAP-Ed Connection provides state and local SNAP-Ed providers with information and resources.
Reports: Research, Articles, & Guides
It’s Dinnertime: A Report on Low-Income Families’ Efforts to Plan, Shop for, and Cook Healthy Meals, published by Cooking Matters, highlights research showing that low-income families are cooking dinner at home, mostly from scratch, but are unable to eat as healthy as they’d like due to the price of food.
Cooking Up Community: Nutrition Education in Emergency Food Programs is Why Hunger’s new nutrition education guide.
MyPlate, a project of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, provides dietary guidelines and conducts nutrition research.
SNAP Education and Evaluation Study (Wave II), published by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Division, provides clear evidence that well-designed nutrition education programs can lead to healthier food choices by participants in SNAP.