Food Smart, Fresh Start

The Food Smart, Fresh Start program is a farmer's market-based research and education program targeting low-income parents. Interview and survey data examined the role of parental self-efficacy in feeding fruits and vegetables and the quality of the home nutrition environment. Process evaluation provided recommendations for the implementation of farmers' market-based nutrition education programs. This project is funded by the University of Maryland Gemstone program, the ACCIAC Fellows in Innovation and Creativity program, and University of Maryland Extension.

Working Forum for Parent-Child Feeding Interactions In Obesity Prevention

This conference, which brought together nearly 50 distinguished research and prevention experts in childhood obesity, parental feeding, and nutrition education, explored how parental influence can significantly impact children's eating habits, and the extent to which parents can mitigate risks associated with childhood obesity.

Evaluation of Curricula

  • Growing Healthy Habits: This curriculum is a gardening and nutrition education curriculum for elementary aged youth. This resource focuses on integrating nutrition into the classroom through gardening and scripted lessons that meet science, language arts, social studies, health and math objectives.
  • Eating Smart, Being Active: This curriculum was developed to teach limited resource adults with young children how to make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Health by Design: This curriculum was designed for limited-resource adults who participate in or are eligible for SNAP (Food Stamps). The curriculum is intended to teach these adults about the importance of physical activity and the most effective ways of incorporating more physical activity into their lives.
  • Read for Health: Aligned with a statewide initiative to increase youth and adult literacy skills, particularly with low-income populations, Read for Health uses language arts as a method to teach nutrition and encourage physical activity and healthy eating. This program targets young children and adults in elementary schools, public libraries, child care, and community centers.
  • Walkways: This curriculum focuses on the importance and simplicity of walking - and how much it can positively impact our lives. This curriculum is intended for low-income adults who are eligible for SNAP (Food Stamps).