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Community nutrition education during a pandemic

Posted by: on Monday September 21, 2020

It’s impossible to capture all of the ways nutrition educators have continued to teach nutrition in the midst of a pandemic (some are highlighted here). Want more examples/resources? Read on…



**Delivering Food and Nutrition Education During COVID-19 (blog post) is a recap of a recent webinar from the Teachers College, Columbia University about how to go virtual when providing nutrition education. At this URL find the blog post, webinar recording ‘Lettuce Go Digital,’ and other resources to assist virtual education efforts. 

**Cooking Up Nutrition Education, (Military Families Learning Network) 67 minute webinar provides an overview of culinary nutrition and best practices when conducting a cooking demo. 

**Adapting SNAP-Ed to COVID-19: Adapting SNAP-Ed Programming to Remote Delivery, (USDA, FNS) 1 1/2 hour webinar (Q & A doc). During this webinar you will hear about the University of Georgia’s 2 e-learning approaches – Food e-Talk and Food Talk: Better U with detailed info about development timeline, challenges, opportunities and more; Cooking with Kids (New Mexico non-profit) that transitioned from school-based classes to virtual lessons including challenges, highlights and more; University of Colorado’s Text2LiveHealth – text-based intervention for English and Spanish-speaking families.

**The new normal way to provide key nutrition services to seniors (National Resource Center in Nutrition and Aging) provides a comprehensive look at virtual platforms to reach older adults, shares examples from the field as well as a look at this audience and their use of online tools. You will find a PDF of the webinar slidesand an audio recording at the URL.

**Education and remote learning (National Farm to School Network) includes links to online education skill-building webinars, taking farm to school home and more.


**Cooking Matters Colorado includes cooking videos on YouTube and Facebook channels.

**UConn Health’s SNAP4CT is an online platform that includes a website, SM including a YouTube channel, Ask a Nutritionist and more.

**Alabama Extension describes how community educators maintained a presence in the community as well as an online presence.

**University of Minnesota Snap-Ed educator’s role during the pandemic  includes providing recipes for food distributions.


**Louisiana State University AgCenter offers virtual classes – each lesson w/a prerecorded food demo/recipe.

**University of California’s CalFresh program pivots during the pandemic by developing 60 online lessons for K – 8 and the online delivery of 5 adult curricula. 

**Northeast Oregon Snap-Ed educators find video lessons are popular – these educators pivoted during the pandemic, share how long it takes to create cooking videos and more!

**A Nutrition Education Coordinator at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina shares the transition to online videos of cooking demos and the need to offer virtual nutrition education to complement on-site education when re-opening occurs.

**Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service offers online classes.

**K-State Research and Extension has moved diabetes programming online.

** My Way to Wellness (Michigan State University Extension) launched a self-paced 10-lesson virtual nutrition program.

**Eating Smart, Moving More w/EFNEP (North Carolina Cooperative Extension) offers online adult nutrition.

**Eat Smart, Move More (University of Vermont Extension) includes 6 lessons about 30 minutes log, live video or phone chats with a nutrition educator for those eligible.

**Navigating the Food Pantry with Diabetes (Michigan State Universityoffers free online training for food pantry staff that takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

**Telehealth/remote nutrition education resources/guidance from the National WIC Association includes links to Michigan and Indiana guidance docs.