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Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Toolkit for Community Educators

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California Department of Public Health.

Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit.*

Healthy Eating Active Living toolkit for Community Educators to teach low-income adults about healthy eating the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables and enjoying physical activity. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Hmong!

Funding Source
USDA. SNAP-Ed. California Department of Public Health, Network for a Healthy California.
Free Material
SNAP-Ed Toolkit Classification
  • Evaluated
  • Pilot Tested
Evaluation Information

The Toolbox lessons were pilot tested to the target audience, mostly with Latinas in San Diego area, prior to its publication. The findings showed that the lessons were clear and easily understood by the target audience. Moreover, the findings showed that the lessons were linguistically and culturally-appropriate and had educational value.

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SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

Available in Chinese, Hmong, and Spanish. Previous version titled "Fruit, Vegetable, and Physical Activity Toolbox", available at Comments based on previous version: The main components of the kit include a binder containing lessons on nutrition, physical activity and community empowerment, handouts, and an evaluation tool. Other resources incorporated in the kit include a poster, Produce Guide, fruit and vegetable recommendation tool, fruit/vegetable/physical activity playing cards, a CD, DVDs, and pamphlets.

The curriculum begins with two key lessons that focus on the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, and recommended amount of physical activity for adults. These lessons are followed by seven nutrient lessons, a community empowerment lesson, six physical activity lessons, reproducible educational handouts, and an evaluation. The physical activity lessons incorporate various low cost exercises. Physical activity handouts include exercise and dance explanations with pictures. Also, the Seasonality Guide includes information specific to the state of California.

The first two lessons should be completed first and after that, lessons can be completed in any order. For evaluation purposes, a brief, seven-question nutrition and physical activity quiz is included to measure participants’ knowledge. The quiz can be administered before and after the program is completed. An answer key is not included; however, the answers can be found in the curriculum.