Through enhanced coordination and collaboration, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) responds to tasks as they arise – efficiently and effectively.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-296) transformed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) from a program focused primarily on distributing nutrition education into a nutrition education and obesity prevention grant program, explicitly adopting obesity prevention as a major emphasis and embracing comprehensive evidence-based strategies delivered through community-based and public health approaches. In fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expects to distribute $400 million to state agencies for SNAP-Ed initiatives.
In order to achieve these new SNAP-Ed obesity prevention goals, states need a set of effective interventions to include in their programs. In October 2012, NCCOR funder USDA asked the NCCOR for rapid help with assembling a portfolio of existing, evidence-based, and actionable tools consistent with the context and policies of SNAP and incorporating evidence-based obesity strategies.
The NCCOR-supported online toolkit offers a robust group of effective interventions that can be adopted by SNAP agencies and providers at the state level. The toolkit drew from various sources, including public health literature, collections of existing interventions, and other resources developed by organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of North Carolina’s Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT).
The toolkit was completed in March 2013 and published on the USDA SNAP-Ed Connection page. USDA continued to work with NCCOR to refine the toolkit to ensure it provided a current list of strategies, interventions, and resources. Based on feedback from state grantees, the toolkit was updated in May 2014.