The Food Trust's Heart Smarts Toolkit
Across the country, health educators, medical practitioners and community leaders have identified diet-related health problems as a major threat to the well-being of the communities they serve. Heart Smarts is an innovative and effective approach to improving the health of underserved communities.
The Heart Smarts program meets residents where they are, bringing nutrition education, health care, social services and increased food access into the local corner or grocery store. Since its launch in 2010, the program has grown from a small pilot in Philadelphia to an evidence-based model for providing community nutrition education and prevention services in high risk communities. In addition to the program's recent growth, the Heart Smarts curriculum is also now approved for use in the PA SNAP-Ed program and available to other SNAP-Ed programs throughout the country. For more information on the Heart Smarts program or to order program materials, including the Heart Smarts lesson booklet and visuals, please fill out The Food Trust's Request Form.
This toolkit, created with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aims to guide practitioners through all aspects of the Heart Smarts program, from identifying stores and developing partnerships to implementing core program components and evaluating outcomes.
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