Nebraska Team Nutrition Grant Program

Nebraska Team Nutrition Grant Program

The Nebraska Team Nutrition is a grant program of which goals are to (1) increase awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity to a child’s growth, health, and learning through the use of multiple communication channels, including the cafeteria, classroom, community, media, and home and (2) develop a statewide infrastructure to promote healthy school environments that support nutrition, nutrition education, and physical activity. To accomplish these broad goals, the program seeks to (1) provide teachers with the competencies, knowledge, and skills necessary to teach nutrition and physical activity and enable them to be effective mentors, (2) provide sub-grants to family and consumer science (FCS) teachers, which will enable sustainable outcomes that outline policy, systems, and environmental changes, (3) establish a well-trained cadre of health professionals who work with UNL-Extension and members of Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids to help schools increase hours of interactive nutrition and physical activity education opportunities via a variety of communication and media channels, and partner with Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids to plan, implement, and evaluate two state-wide healthy schools summits in fall 2016 and fall 2017.

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium (SBSRC) will assess the impact of the program on teachers and students. The SBSRC will develop data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, focus groups), implement the instruments to collect data, analyze the collected data, and report evaluation findings. The evaluation will include formative measures to guide the implementation and improvement of the program over the project life in an attempt to increase program effects.

Contacts

Changsoo Song Research Assistant Professor

Mindy Anderson-Knott Director of Evaluation and Development

Alian Kasabian Research Assistant Professor