Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit.*
Grazing with Marty Moose (GWMM) is a youth direct education and PSE intervention designed to help 3rd grade students make healthier food and physical activity choices while encouraging schools and parents to create environments that support students in making these choices. Nutrition educators teach the 5-lesson series in classrooms and work with teachers, administration, and staff to implement classroom and school-wide PSEs. Students explore MyPlate and food groups while trying new physical activities and foods in each lesson. PSE changes are implemented at the classroom and school level to encourage healthy eating and increased physical activity of all students.
Surveys were given to both SNAP-Ed educators and teachers in schools where the Grazing with Marty Moose intervention was piloted. Both provided feedback on the acceptability of the intervention in a school setting, and results from these surveys were used to make improvements to the intervention. In addition, students completed pre- and post- tests before and after the 5 classes to assess how the curriculum impacted the behaviors of students and if this is an acceptable intervention for creating behavior change. Pre- and post-tests use the EFNEP Nutrition Education Survey Grades 3-5 to measure this component of acceptability.
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*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.