The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) recently released an Obesity Prevention Toolkit which features two Maryland Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) programs, Text2BHealthy and ReFresh. The toolkit is designed to assist state SNAP-Ed programs and implementing agencies in identifying evidence-based obesity prevention programs and policies, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions to include in their plan of work for the upcoming years.
ReFresh is a nutrition education curriculum that encourages students to consume more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and is designed to meet the learning needs of 4th and 5th grade students. ReFresh integrates nutrition education in core topic areas of language arts, social studies, art, and science, technology, engineering and math. Students engage in hands-on activities, interactive food demonstrations and tastings. A one-page family newsletter is sent home with students to reinforce each monthly theme. ReFresh was developed to complement the cafeteria training and work in Project ReFresh that MSDE and UME were conducting as part of a Team Nutrition grant.
Text2BHealthy is a text message based program that targets low-income parents of elementary school children receiving nutrition education in Maryland. Parents receive 2 to3 targeted text messages each week promoting nutrition and physical activity behavior changes, connecting parents to school and community nutrition resources and events, and reinforcing key messages taught in classroom-based nutrition education that can be utilized in the home.
Visit the SNAP-Ed toolkit to learn more!