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 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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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. METHODS: An ad appeared on the Facebook page of low-income women, 18-45 years old, living in Pennsylvania to invite access to an online nutrition program. Eligible persons completed surveys about food-related behaviors including eating competence, food security, and assistance program use. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23305805

Click to discover how Eating Competence helps women overcome guilt and enjoy eating.

Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, LDN

NEEDs Center Director
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Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, LDN Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Patricia Wamboldt, MEd, PhD

Research Project Manager
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Patricia Wamboldt, MEd, PhD Research Project Manager

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

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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!

Rhonda Belue

For more information about this project, please contact: Rhonda Belue, PhD Assistant Professor, Health Policy Administration and Biobehavioral Health rzb10@psu.edu

Funded in part by the PA Department of Public Welfare (DPW) through the PA Nutrition Education Tracks, as part of USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To find out how SNAP can help you buy healthy foods, contact DPW’s toll-free Helpline at 800-692-7462.This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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