Federal Resources, Curricula and Tools
-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers a wide spectrum of nutrition topics related to the impact of nutritious eating on health, disease prevention, and healthy growth and development of children and adolescents.
- MyPlate is the federal government’s food icon to help individuals, families and communities make healthy food choices. Visit USDA’s MyPlate website for a complete offering of printable resources, sample menus and recipes, and educational tools that will help you and your community integrate MyPlate (or MiPlato in Spanish) into your community’s food choices. Also included is the SuperTracker, a free online tool to help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity.
- Nutrition.gov is the federal government’s clearinghouse for nutrition information. It provides easy, online access to information about food, nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity and food safety for consumers.
- SNAP-Ed Connection provides an online resource center that offers USDA educational materials and recipes. Use the State Gate map tool to connect with Snap-Ed providers in your community. These organizations provide nutrition education to low-income populations in their state.
- 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series provides consumers and communities with high quality, easy-to-follow information on nutrition in the form of 10 convenient, printable tip sheets. Perfect for community newsletters and posting at your organization!
Community Resources, Curricula and Toolkits*
- The Church Health Reader on Food is an online resource for healthy recipes and reflections on the connection between food and faithful living.
- Comer Bien from The National Council of La Raza guides Latino families toward healthful living with its multimedia education series.
- Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table is a seven-session curriculum offered by Advocate Health Care, the Church World Service and the Presbyterian Hunger Program, PC(USA) for congregations exploring how eating and the preparation of food can be a vehicle for practicing their faith.
- LiveWell Colorado educates and inspires people to make healthy choices by focusing on policy, environmental and lifestyle changes that remove barriers and increase access to healthy behaviors.
- Wellness Works is Catholic Charities of West Virginia’s curriculum promoting healthy eating and wellness goals for community food pantry sites.
Communities on the Move!*
- Boston Medical Center's Preventative Food Pantry is the first hospital-based food pantry in the United States. Clinicians refer patients to the food pantry with instructions regarding medical conditions and dietary restrictions. Hospital departments offer patients nutrition education and cooking demonstration classes.
- The Health Outreach and Prevention Education Initiative motivates members of the National Baptist Convention (nearly 7 million people in 10,000 churches) to adopt healthier lifestyles by creating new community traditions such as “No Fry Zones” and “Taste Test Sunday.” To advance this goal, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged the National Baptist Convention to organize 10,000 health ambassadors in their communities.
- Indiana University Health's Garden on the Go® identified healthy food access as one way to address Indiana’s high obesity rate (over 30%). IU Health uses a mobile truck to sell local produce weekly at various community facilities, including public housing and senior facilities, and accepts cash, credit cards, and food stamps (EBT).
- The National Latino Children's Institute's Salsa, Sabor y Salud is a series of eight sessions aimed to improve awareness of habits leading to better nutrition and increased physical activity for Latino families with children 12 and younger.
- Parent Earth produces fun, informative, and easy-to-access videos that promote healthy eating for children and their parents and work with community partners to integrate these tools into their programs.
- Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry is a national initiative working to end childhood hunger in America by partnering with various organizations, including the nonprofit healthcare organization ProMedica, to increase access to federal food assistance programs including summer meals, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), school breakfasts, and more. Cooking Matters® plays a critical role in No Kid Hungry: it serves as a resource for connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.
- WhyHunger is a multi-faceted organization that supports community-based efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty. WhyHunger provides resources and opportunities for growth through innovative programs such as Artists Against Hunger and Poverty and their new nutrition education guide.
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