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NEEDs Center


The mission of the NEEDs Center is to engineer and design research and evaluation services that foster promotion and delivery of evidence-based health and nutrition education.

NEEDs began to meet the requests from funders, policy makers, and service providers to show evidence of nutrition education effectiveness. We are administered from the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

To construct and demonstrate successful nutrition education programming, attention to design and engineering must be applied during program development, revision, and restructuring. NEEDs approaches nutrition education as a design and engineering problem, identifying/mobilizing expert researchers and practitioners in evaluation, statistical analyses, education, nutritional sciences, and health promotion.  Although we address health and nutrition education of all audiences, our focus has been on nutrition education for low-income and SNAP-eligible persons

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Learn more about our work by reviewing our research pages—”Publications“, “Posters” and the “Satter Eating Competence Model (ecSatter).” You may also view individual NEEDs programs located in the drop down menu under “Resources.”

Funded by the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, RIT.

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