Active Kids: What\'s your role

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Learn about the roles of parents/caregivers and youth in physical activity. Read more about our current ne/Frames.

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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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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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ne/Frames Mealtime is Family Time Andoird & iPhone App

Download Mealtime is Family Time App

Advises pre-school teachers, parents and caregivers about feeding young children. Available in English and Spanish.

 Mealtime is Family Time AppGet the Mealtime is Family Time App: Google Play Store App Store
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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Featured Projects
Myst read article.

NEEDs Center research led to…
A Must Read” …article in the Childhood Obesity Journal!

Development of a Tool To Assess Adherence to a Model of the Division of Responsibility in Feeding Young Children: Using Response Mapping To Capacitate Validation Measures
Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, Ellyn Satter, MS, RD, LCSW, BCD, and Kristen Arnold, MS

: Accurate early assessment and targeted intervention with problematic parent/child feeding dynamics is critical for the prevention and treatment of child obesity. The division of responsibility in feeding (sDOR), articulated by the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model (fdSatter), has been demonstrated clinically as an effective approach to reduce child feeding problems, including those leading to obesity. Lack of a tested instrument to examine adherence to fdSatter stimulated initial construction of the Satter Feeding Dynamics Inventory (fdSI). The aim of this project was to refine the item pool to establish translational validity, making the fdSI suitable for advanced psychometric analysis.

Read more of the abstract.

Read the full article in the Childhood Obesity Journal. →

Hamilton Health Center (HHC)

Penn State University (PSU) with the support of Hamilton 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.

To learn more about the Belue Hamilton House Project, click here. →

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

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