Course Description

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: An Introduction to Policy, Systems, and Environmental Approaches to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

This online course is 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.


Faculty Author

Tisa Fontaine Hill, MPH
Christina M. Stark, MS, RD, CDN
Jamie Dollahite, PhD
Zoe Wakoff, MPH
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
In collaboration with a national team of SNAP-Ed and EFNEP professionals

Benefits to the Learner

After completing this course, learners will have increased knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Define and differentiate between PSEs and other complementary approaches

  • Identify community needs and opportunities

  • Build partnerships and collaborations

  • Create PSE action plans

  • Implement PSE action plans

  • Evaluate PSE approaches

Target Audience

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 to impact local communities.



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self-paced (non-instructor led)
Dec 21, 2017 to Dec 31, 2020
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Course Fee(s)
Contract Fee $100.00
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