Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice is an online course designed to meet the needs of professionals working to increase access to healthy food and physical activity options for low-income individuals and families. Nutrition educators and other public health professionals can increase access to healthy food and activity options in communities through the use of policy, systems, and environmental approaches (PSEs). This course provides both an introduction for those new to PSE approaches and a more in-depth overview for those with more experience with PSEs.
This training is designed for nutrition education and obesity prevention professionals - including those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and public health - working collaboratively with local partners to impact local communities.
The six self-paced modules in this training introduce PSE efforts undertaken in multiple settings. Learners will develop skills to assess needs, engage partners, develop and implement action plans, evaluate efforts, and create sustainability. Content delivery includes videos, an interactive workbook, practical tools, and self-assessments. The course connects learners with resources relevant to the specific settings where they work.
Module 1: Introduction to PSE Approaches
Module 2: Identifying Community Needs
Module 3: Building Partnerships and Collaborations
Module 4: Creating PSE Action Plans
Module 5: Implementing PSE Action Plans
Module 6: Evaluation of PSE Approaches
This course was developed by a team of national experts representing SNAP-Ed and EFNEP.
The course can be started at any time. It is estimated it will take approximately 12 hours to complete all six modules. Learners will have 1 year to complete the course once they enroll. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. This self-study activity is approved for 12.0 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) by Cornell NutritionWorks, a CPE accredited provider by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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Disclosures: None of the faculty authors have any conflicts of interest to disclose. This course has been funded in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Grant No. 2014-48757-22611 and the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University.