What We Do: Nutrition Education
Providing nutrition education in more than 100 schools
The Food Trust Solution
The Food Trust's nutrition education program works in over 150 schools and outside-of-schooltime programs, largely as part of the Pennsylvania Nutrition Education TRACKS Program (SNAP-Ed), in Chester, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, the Lehigh Valley and the Lansdowne area (William Penn School District), reaching over 65,000 students.
The School Breakfast Policy Initiative was a five-year study conducted in collaboration with Temple University’s Center for Obesity and Research Education (CORE), including a 2.5-year intervention to prevent overweight and obesity in fourth to eighth graders. The intervention included the development and implementation of the One Healthy Breakfast program that combined breakfast in the classroom, in-school breakfast nutrition education, social marketing and parent outreach. The program was designed to promote the benefits of a healthy breakfast and discourage the consumption of foods high in energy, solid fats and added sugars. The implementation of the study intervention concluded in June 2016 and the team is now completing data analysis and working to disseminate best practices and policies.
The Food Trust's School Nutrition Policy Initiative in Philadelphia, funded through and listed as a best practice by the United States Department of Agriculture's SNAP-Ed program, was shown to reduce the number of children becoming overweight by 50%. Based on these findings, the American Heart Association named the initiative one of the top 10 major advances in heart disease and stroke research.
The Food Trust's nutrition education programming includes:
Through a community-based approach to nutrition education and healthy food environments, The Food Trust’s PEACH (People Eating and Cooking Healthy) program works to improve food access and teach lifelong skills in lower-income communities, empowering SNAP-eligible individuals, families, schools and communities to live a healthy life.
This toolkit is designed to be a resource for preschool teachers, teachers’ aides and preschool center administrators interested in developing and providing a nutrition and physical activity program like the Preschool Initiative in their centers. It offers curriculum guidelines for success and encourage centers to tailor the program to its own needs.
This is the story of how The Food Trust created the Kindergarten Initiative, a program that promotes healthy eating through education, snacks from local farms, parent involvement and community support. For teachers, policymakers and parents searching for ways to teach children about making nutritious food choices, this toolkit will be a valuable resource. The Kindergarten Initiative is a practice-based intervention recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.