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Nutrition Education for Wellness Program Nutrition Education for Wellness Program

This article was written and submitted by the Nutrition Education for Wellness (NEW) Program.

The NEW Program is a statewide "umbrella program" that joins together five Extension faculty from the four island counties of Hawaii. As a team, they coordinate 31 projects that promote healthy eating and physical activity, encourage safe food handling practices and support the access of limited-income households to healthy eating. All of the projects benefit from this umbrella team approach and being able to coordinate projects collaboratively.

A significant part of the NEW Program is the alignment of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance - Education Program (SNAP-Ed).

NEW Program projects include: Hawaii Child Care Nutrition Program, Engaged Instruction, Lifeskills in Food Education (EFNEP and SNAP-Ed), Cultural Competence, Food and Nutrition Education for Older Adults, Food Bank and Pantries, Grocery Store Tour, Hawaii Foods for Wellness, Germ City, Healthy Meetings for Wellness, Grow Your Own, MyPlate and NEW Web-Based Gallery. Web project resources include: Diabetes Detection and Prevention, Food and Money Basics: Choices and Decisions, Fruits & Veggies More Matters, Food: It All Starts with Agriculture!, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Food: Just Grow It!, Food Safety, Produce An Athlete, Produce A Plate and Food Skills Cookbook.

For more information, visit Nutrition Education for Wellness Program.

Type of Program
Nutrition education

Years of Program Implementation
2005-Present

Number of Participants
For FY 2013, NEW Program had direct contact with 6,473 adults and 5,564 youth. It offered 78 workshops with 11,805 total participants.

Target Audience
Target audiences vary from project to project. EFNEP and SNAP-Ed target limited-income audiences.

Program Evaluation
Program evaluation varies from project to project according to project guidelines. EFNEP and SNAP-Ed are evaluated in compliance with national programs' guidance and both participate in the online WebNEERS data system.

Statistics and Program Impact
For FY 2013, the limited income programs' reported outcomes include: 81% reported improvement in one or more food resource management practices, 82% reported improvement in one or more nutrition practices, 67% reported improvement in one or more food safety practices and 27% reported positive change in physical activity.

For further information please contact Naomi Kanehiro, Extension Educator Coordinator of the collective NEW Program Plan of Work; Director of Lifeskills in Food Education, an alignment of EFNEP and SNAP-Ed. All logos are used with permission.