About NEEDs

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NEEDs began as a specialized unit of the Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed program (TRACKS) when funders, policy makers, and service providers called for evidence of nutrition education effectiveness. We are a Center in the Department of Nutritional Sciences housed in the College of Health and Human Development. TRACKS is funded through an agreement between the PA Dept. of Public Welfare and The Pennsylvania State University.

To construct and demonstrate successful nutrition education programming, attention to design and engineering must be applied at a level usually reserved for development, reorganization, and restructuring. NEEDs approaches nutrition education as a design and engineering problem and identifies/mobilizes expert researchers and practitioners in evaluation, statistical analyses, education, nutritional sciences, and health promotion.

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Learn more about our work on our accomplishments page and our resources page. You may also view individual NEEDs programs located in the drop down menu under “Resources.”

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.