Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit.*
The Eat, Move, Win program has been replaced by the Let's Eat Heatlhy online program.
Dairy Council of California’s Eat, Move, Win (EMW) program is a direct education intervention, which consists of five online lessons that seek to improve high school students’ awareness of their food environment and the link between food and health. The lessons are accessed online to engage high school students in reading and writing activities, game-based interactions, and teacher-facilitated discussions. The program aligns with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and encourages appropriate portions from all 5 food groups.
EMW is no cost and designed to be taught in the high school classroom setting. This includes low-income population schools. It can be accessed online and if technology is not available it can be taught without it. Testing the program in a variety of high schools helped develop lessons that were relevant to the target audience. It could easily be used in a clinical setting for patient education classes or one-one nutrition counseling.
A formative evaluation was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the EMW program at changing students’ nutrition knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, barriers, home environment, and dietary intake behavior. Results from the evaluations (student pre- and post-surveys, quizzes as part of the lessons) showed the following after completing the EMW lessons:
- Students answered an average of 71-75% of the online nutrition knowledge quiz questions correctly.
- Students showed significant improvements in attitudes towards trying and eating healthy foods, and significant improvements in self-efficacy (i.e., confidence) to eat healthy foods and limit unhealthy foods.
- Students viewed the EMW content positively. More than 70% of students found interactive components of EMW either somewhat or very useful. Eighty-five percent of students indicated that they developed a SMART goal as part of the EMW curriculum.
- Students reported significantly increased consumption of milk (+0.18 servings/day), whole grain bread (+0.13 servings/day) and pasta/rice (+0.12 servings/day), and breakfast. They also reported significantly decreased consumption of soda (-0.10 servings/day) and marginally decreased consumption of cookies (-0.07 servings/day).
- Teachers’ ratings revealed that they were most satisfied overall with the Eating Patterns: Breakfast and Meals lesson, followed by Nutrient Gaps: Under-consumed Foods.
*SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States is a compilation of interventions. The toolkit was developed by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, The Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the USDA. It is designed and updated to help state SNAP-Ed administrative and implementing agencies identify evidence-based obesity prevention programs and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions to include in their SNAP-Ed plans.