Watch to Discover how Eating Competence Helps Women Overcome Guilt and Enjoy Eating

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CSU Best Practices.

Working with low-income audiences?

Click to learn more about Best Practices for Nutrition Education with Low-Income Audiences.

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Eggs can make it happen

New ne/Frames Coming Soon!

Learn how and why you should bring eggs into your life. Read more about our current ne/Frames.

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ne/frames helps nutrition educators

ne/Frames Featured in Technology-focused Article on SurroundHealth

Nutrition and health educators, NEEDs Center programs give you new technologies and media to deliver services!

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NEW: Needs for Tots project: Lessons, Resources and More.

NEEDs for Tots

NEEDs for Tots is a print and web-based curriculum that addresses child eating behavior. Rather than focus on specific foods, portion-sizes, or nutrients, NEEDs for Tots focuses on shared mealtime, the importance of food-neutral mealtime conversation and the need to trust children to manage their own eating.

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Purposive Facebook Recruitment Endows Cost-Effective Nutrition Education Program Evaluation

Purposive Facebook Recruitment Endows Cost-Effective Nutrition Education Program Evaluation

A digitally delivered nutrition program, Folic Acid is for everyone.

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Health Literacy

Health literacy is the ability to understand health information and to use that information to make good decisions about your health and medical care. Research indicates that 9 out of 10 people have difficulty using available health information.

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Translational Research

Translational research is a dynamic process applying science to practice and practice to science. Serrano, Anderson, and Chapman-Novakofski assert that translational research involves not only “bench to bedside” activity but “bench to behavior” outcomes that encompass education, policy, and community area.

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Newly published research supporting SNAP-Ed programs targeting males with childcare responsibilities.

Telephone and Face-to-Face Interviews with Low-Income Males with Child Care Responsibilities Support Inclusion as a Target Audience in SNAP-Ed.

Jodi Stotts Krall, Patricia Wamboldt & Barbara Lohse.

Faculty & Staff

Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, LDN

NEEDs Center Director

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Loren Archibeque, MPH

Research Project Manager

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Shelly Mannino, VMD

Research Project Manager

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Myst read article.

NEEDs Center research led to…
A Must Read” …article in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior!

Facebook is an Effective Strategy to Recruit Low-income Women to Online Nutrition Education
Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, LDN.

ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: Nutrition education research recruitment expense and effort are substantial; sample selection is crucial for intervention assessment. Effectiveness and cost of Facebook to recruit low-income women to an online nutrition program were examined, including biopsychosocial characteristics of Facebook responders.

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Hamilton Health Center (HHC)

Penn State University (PSU) with the support ofHamilton Health Center (HHC) will be providing educational instruction through the use of theAbout Eating Curriculum to women who receive services through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program at the HHC site location in Harrisburg, Pa.

The Hamilton Health Center project will adapt About Eating to target low-income women. About Eating 
is a multi-lesson web-based module that

  • encourages learners to address food acceptance
  • teaches dietary variety and energy balance including self-awareness of hunger and fullness
  • changes attitudes toward eating healthy, being physically active, and focusing on meals
  • focuses on food purchase, selection and budget management issues.

This is the only online module that encompasses all constructs in the eating competence model.

For detailed information on the About Eating program, click here. →

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