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Aligning and Elevating University-Based Low-Income Nutrition Education through the Land-Grant University-cooperative Extension System – May 2014

Prepared by Connie Schneider of the University of California for USDA/NIFA and the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service


Executive Summary of the SNAP-Ed Communication Environmental Scan – October 2009

The SNAP-Ed Communication Environmental Scan was conducted internally to understand and guide communication strategies within the Land-Grant University System.  The summary includes background, process as well as results and recommendations.


Development of a Questionnaire to Assess the Dietary Behavior of Low-Income Populations

This report describes the development of a short, standardized assessment of dietary behaviors associated with dietary quality for use with the food assistance eligible and recipient populations across the United States.  The project was conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. under contract to the Economic Research Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA).  The questionnaire was developed with extensive input from national leaders at the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (NIFA), as well as State directors of nutrition education programs targeting the low-income. Based on cognitive and field testing, the resulting questionnaire is understandable to the target audience, can be completed within 15-23 minutes, and yields results that seem reasonable and consistent. Although further testing is needed to validate it as a proxy for more detailed dietary assessment methods, it offers an option for a measure that is relatively simple and cost-effective to implement via a telephone survey approach.  As such, it would be a feasible means of collecting sufficient data to generate state-level and other subnational estimates of dietary behaviors of individuals targeted by such efforts as SNAP (formerly Food Stamp) Nutrition Education.

Extension Research Proposals "Improving SNAP-Ed Programs and Evaluations", Selected Projects Announced 2/9/09

The goal of this funding initiative was to support research projects that would provide direct benefit to the delivery or evaluation of SNAP-Ed programs. The findings and recommendations are being disseminated directly to SNAP-Ed program personnel, and to the larger scientific and policy communities through publication in peer-review journals. A secondary goal was to facilitate the development of pilot projects that can form the basis for larger projects to study effective SNAP-Ed programming, funded by USDA or other sources.

We are pleased to announce the projects that were selected for funding. These grants are funded through the Extension Directors/Administrators SNAP-Ed assessment.

Please contact Sandra Jensen, Land-Grant SNAP-Ed Office Manager, for more information at sandra.jensen@sdstate.edu.

CNE Logic Model, Version 2 available

The "CNE Logic Model, Version 2" overview graphic and detail is now available Though not currently publicly available, a corresponding online program management/reporting system has been created by a national workgroup with program management, research, and evaluation expertise. Technological support was provided by South Dakota State University's Agricultural Information Technology Unit. Land-grant universities are providing data through this online system for a national report of FSNE within the land-grant university system. Findings will be shared with national, state, and local stakeholders, and will be used to determine national priorities and guiding state program planning in the coming year.


Loving Your Family, Feeding Their Future: Nutrition education through the Food Stamp Program series available

Loving Your Family is a series of nutrition education and promotion materials developed by USDA - Food and Nutrition Service through the Food Stamp Initiative. It promotes healthier eating habits and increased physical activity among low-income families. Loving Your Family materials are available in an easy-to-read format in both English and Spanish, which minimizes cultural, literacy, and language barriers faced by many Food Stamp Program families. Loving Your Family targets mothers because of their key roles in choosing and purchasing food for their families and influence on their children's eating habits and lifestyles.


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