As part of the popular Connect & Explore webinar series, NCCOR hosted a two-part feature on the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework. On August 18, the webinar titled “SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework: Measuring Success in Low-Income Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Programs” explored how to use the framework to evaluate nutrition education and obesity prevention programs. Guest speakers included: Andrew Naja-Riese, MSPH, Chief, Program Integrity Branch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition Service, Western Regional Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Laurel Jacobs, DrPH, MPH, Lead Evaluator, Arizona SNAP-Ed, The University of Arizona; and Theresa Le Gros, MA, Evaluator, Arizona SNAP-Ed, The University of Arizona. Speakers discussed the Evaluation Framework and how Arizona SNAP-Ed has used the Framework in their evaluation efforts.
States and organizations are implementing comprehensive nutrition education and obesity prevention programs around the country as one approach to address the rise in childhood obesity. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 stipulates that changes in policies, systems, and environments (PSEs) are to be layered with direct nutrition education and social marketing to enable, promote, and support healthy behaviors among low-income people and their communities. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), the nutrition education and obesity prevention arm of the SNAP, aims to increase the likelihood that SNAP-Ed eligible households will make healthy diet and physical activity choices within a limited budget.
To establish a mechanism to evaluate program effectiveness and report results to funders, NCCOR, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), and more than 28 states, contributed and developed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP‐Ed) Evaluation Framework: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Indicators.
The National Institute of Health-funded, Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) is seeking qualified post-doctoral trainees with a career interest in using systems science theories and methods to address childhood obesity, non-communicable chronic diseases, and related topics in public health.
The Center, supported by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), conducts both domestic and international research aiming to better understand the causes and prevention of childhood obesity and other lifestyle related non-communicable chronic diseases from a systems perspective. While based at the Johns Hopkins University, with investigators from five schools including Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences, we also have multidisciplinary researchers at approximately 20 leading institutions around the globe. For more information please visit, http://www.jhgcco.org/ Continue reading
Healthy People eLearning, a resource from the Department of Health and Human Services, is offering a new childhood obesity lesson that explores how one community is implementing and evaluating a systems-wide approach to reduce childhood obesity.
The lesson, “Defining Success in a Systems Approach: The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative,” examines how San Diego County is learning to evaluate its systems approach to reduce childhood obesity and create healthier environments. The course is free and offers continuing education credits. Continue reading
As the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and other official groups have recognized environmental and policy changes as promising strategies for controlling obesity and improving diet and physical activity, various measures have been identified for use by researchers and practitioners to plan and evaluate changes to the built environment. The Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute trains participants to use these measures. Continue reading
The NIH-funded, Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) has 1-2 openings annually between 2012-2016 for qualified post-doctoral trainees from diverse fields (e.g., Public Health, Medicine, Engineering, Nursing, or Arts and Sciences) with a career interest in addressing childhood obesity, non-communicable chronic diseases, and related topics in public health using systems science theories and methods. Continue reading
Are you or someone you know working on an effective project that addresses childhood obesity? The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) wants to hear about it.
AJPM announced the opening of the “Childhood Obesity Challenge,” an online competition designed to provide new and creative solutions to this public health crisis. The Challenge is open to individuals or teams from any sector, Continue reading
The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)-supported and NIH-funded, Johns Hopkins Global Center for Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) is recruiting qualified pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees from diverse fields (e.g. Public Health, Medicine, Engineering, Nursing, or Arts and Sciences) with a career interest in addressing childhood obesity, non-communicable chronic diseases, and related topics in public health using systems science theories and methods. Continue reading