266696 Transitioning from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) to a Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention (NEOP) Program: Engaging stakeholders to create a statewide implementation plan for Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Michele van Eyken, MPH, RD , Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA
Peggy Agron, MA, RD , California Project LEAN, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA
Emily Perez, MA , Network for a Healthy California, Public Health Institute, Sacramento, CA
Valerie Quinn, MEd , California Department of Public Health, Network for a Healthy California, Sacramento, CA
Introduction-SNAP-Ed funds are an important resource for nutrition education in California. In 2010 the Healthy Hungry Kids Act transformed SNAP-Ed into a NEOP Program by including language that allowed for public health approaches. This session describes the process to create a transition plan for this exciting change. Methods-Planning occurred in two phases. In phase one the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) invited key individuals representing: research, low-income and multi-ethnic populations, advocacy, funders, local health departments, nutrition, physical activity and policy to serve as an “Obesity Prevention Think Tank”. This group recommended priority areas and strategies for the first three years to secure short-term wins while building for longer-term outcomes. The second phase involved convening 252 stakeholders to review and provide input to the Think Tank's recommendations. Results-The stakeholders chose and affirmed three areas for California's NEOP efforts: 1.Decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and increase consumption of water 2.Increase access and consumption of healthier foods 3.Increase physical activity opportunities throughout the day Within each priority area, the most promising strategies were chosen as the focus for the initial three years. The focus will be creating access to healthy foods, healthy beverages and physical activity through policy, systems and environmental changes. Discussion-The engagement process provided feedback needed to create a plan based on local efforts and informed by top-level thinkers in nutrition education and obesity prevention. On October 1, 2012 California will embark on an ambitious road to implement the plan.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1.List the steps taken to engage diverse stakeholders in California’s Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention strategic planning process. 2.Discuss how stakeholder input can be used to strengthen obesity efforts for a statewide approach. 3. List the three priority areas for California’s effort that resulted from the planning process.

Keywords: Obesity, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have managed multiple USDA- funded grants focusing on nutrition and obesity prevention and am now responsible for operationalizing the concept that my predecessor, engaging stakeholders, developed.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.