TSU SACS Cooperative Extension Program provides nutrition education and outreach to residents in the Nashville/Davidson County area through its Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), including programs targeting recipients of the federal Food Stamp program. However, educating low-income individuals about the health benefits of healthy foods is not enough to make an impact on reducing population-level prevalence of obesity. Environmental barriers to obtaining healthy foods among this population are often overlooked. With the CHEW project the TSU SACS Cooperative Extension Program has expanded its current nutrition education outreach activities to incorporate new activities focused on the WIC program at both the environmental and individual-level.
Two food samplings were conducted at each of the 19 stores with 25 to 30 participants at each sampling.
Assessments have been conducted in 19 small to medium sized grocery stores that are WIC-authorized vendors. At each store, social marketing events were held using recipes, and food tastings focusing on improving the usage of WIC foods by participants and community members that may live in WIC-based households. To expand outreach efforts a total of 10 peer educators from the Hispanic and African-American communities were trained to provide informal information sessions to WIC participants and other community members. Progress and findings related to these projects will be presented.
Three of the graduates of the Hispanic Community Health Promotors (CHP) Training