Nutrition Links 2015 Program Impact

Nutrition Links annual report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Nutrition Links 2015 Program Impact - Articles

Updated: August 8, 2017

Nutrition Links 2015 Program Impact

Teaching People How to Eat Better for Less!

Programming is funded by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP-Ed), known in PA as PA TRACKS, to help limited income participants learn how to:

  • Stretch food dollars
  • Plan and prepare tasty, healthy meals
  • Move more every day
  • Handle food in a safe manner
  • Use SNAP benefits and other resources wisely

In FY15 we provided programming in 59 counties.

Type of ProgrammingAdultsYouth
Direct Programming8,10312,666
Direct Contacts26,958101,157
Indirect Contacts74,77037,963

EFNEP Adult Evaluation

  • 96% of surveyed participants made a positive dietary improvement.
  • 75% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more food resource management practices (i.e. plan meals, use grocery lists, compare prices, do not run out of food).
  • 83% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more nutrition practices (i.e. plan meals, make healthy food choices, prepare foods without adding salt, read nutrition labels or have children eat breakfast).
  • 54% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more of the food safety practices (i.e. thaw and store foods properly).
  • 53% of surveyed participants increased their amount of physical activity.

Participant reported saving, on average, over $95 on their food budgets at the end of the class.

EFNEP Youth Evaluation Results

  • 76% of surveyed youth improved their ability to choose foods according to Federal Dietary Recommendations or gained knowledge.
  • 45% of surveyed youth use safe food handling practices more often or gained knowledge.
  • 35% of surveyed youth improved their physical activity practices or gained knowledge.
  • 45% of surveyed youth improved their ability to prepare simple, nutritious, affordable food or gained knowledge.
  • 35% of surveyed youth acquired skills to be food secure or gained knowledge.

SNAP-Ed Adults Evaluation Results

A variety of evaluation tools were used to assess the impact of PA TRACKS programming. PA TRACKS evaluations indicate that adult respondents made, or intended to make, changes in their food selection, preparation, and consumption; food handling practices; and resource management as a result of attending the classes. Selected results from the adult post/pre surveys are listed below:

  • 72% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more food resource management practices (i.e. plan meals, use grocery lists, compare prices, do not run out of food).
  • 82% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more nutrition practices (i.e. plan meals, make healthy food choices, prepare foods without adding salt, read nutrition labels or have children eat breakfast).
  • 50% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more of the food safety practices (i.e. thaw and store foods properly).

SNAP-Ed Youth Evaluation Results

  • 78% of surveyed youth improved their ability to choose foods according to Federal Dietary Recommendations or gained knowledge.
  • 43% of surveyed youth use safe food handling practices more often or gained knowledge.
  • 38% of surveyed youth improved their physical activity practices or gained knowledge.
  • 43% of surveyed youth improved their ability to prepare simple, nutritious, affordable food or gained knowledge.

Evaluations indicate positive changes in attitude, self-efficacy, preference and knowledge.

Community Partners

ProgramVolunteersHoursValue
EFNEP1,7809,588$210,361*
SNAP-Ed4583,903$245,889**
Total2,23813,491$456,250

*calculated at $21.94/hour
**calculated at SNAP-Ed state approved rate $63/hour

FY15 Program Funds

ProgramAmount
EFNEP Allocation$2,693,840
SNAP-Ed Request$826,795
In-Kind Contributions$2,802,155
Total$6,322,790

Nutrition Links State Office

208 Special Services Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3447
888-778-3535 TOLL-FREE
814-863-6426 FAX
NutritionLinks@psu.edu

Penn State Extension Nutrition Links is part of Extension's mission.

"I love this class, I believe everyone should take this class." -Class participant