Wellness Matters! February 2022

CWN’s monthly eNewsletter, Wellness Matters! February 2022

In this issue:

  • Southeast Region Unbranded Pictures Validation Report
  • Black History Month: Hope in Health Equity
  • Project Highlight: CalFresh Healthy Living’s Tribal Expansion Project
  • CWN Policy Corner
  • Announcements and Upcoming Events

State Nutrition Action Councils: Making the Nation a Healthier Place to Live, One State at a Time

Are you ready to be inspired by the successes of other programs? Do your partnership development efforts need a boost? The Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition (PHI CWN) has two resources to help you maximize your resources and coalition-building efforts to reduce the burden of obesity.

Across the nation, obesity is a healthcare burden. Over one third of adults living in the United States are classified as obese. Unfortunately, at-risk communities disproportionately suffer higher rates of obesity than any other group. Consequently, obesity-related conditions like, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer are some of the leading causes of death.

The good news is that obesity is preventable, and there are organizations across the country working to reduce this crisis and change the shape of this nation!

The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) coordinated efforts to convene State Nutrition Action Councils (SNACs) in states across the nation to align nutrition and obesity prevention activities across USDA FNS programs and other key stakeholders.

Through a partnership with the USDA FNS Southeast Regional office, the PHI CWN supported the eight Southeast states in establishing or refreshing their SNACs to meet their residents’ nutrition and food security needs through a peer learning community.

PHI CWN is excited to share these documented efforts in the 2021 Southeast Region SNAC Success Booklet. Together with motivated partners, SNACs are helping to identify state and local community assets, influence policies, challenge systems, and create opportunities for healthier communities.


This easy-to-read Success Booklet takes the reader through the various stages of success for nutrition and obesity-prevention program collaborations. The Booklet shows how organizations used resiliency and partnership expansion to forge win-win initiatives amid limited resources, setbacks, restarts and challenging times. The transparency of the organizations is refreshing. The “real talk” about what strategies worked and what did not work contributes to the creditability of this resource.

PHI CWN has inspired states across the country to act and build effective SNACs by providing customized resources, training, and technical assistance. In 2018, PHI CWN introduced the SNAC Toolkit which maps out ways to recruit and retain partners, choose an initiative, develop a plan, implement, and monitor and evaluate the progress and impact.

These resources draw attention to the obesity crisis in this country and features practical, proven community-focused solutions.

Are you interested in working with PHI CWN to build healthier communities? Contact us at info@wellness.phi.org. It’s time to tip the scale left.

Southeast Region Validation Report

Read the Southeast Region Validation Report here.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service requires that surveys used to evaluate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education direct education interventions are not to include images with or references to brand name (branded) items (USDA-FNS, 2021). The primary aim of this study was to make surveys more accessible by determining if replacing branded images with unbranded images would affect how individuals responded to the survey questions. A total of 54 participants completed both pre- and post-surveys and were included in analyses. A Spearman’s rank-order correlation showed moderate (rs = 0.62) to strong (rs = 0.82) correlations for the four questions tested. These results support using unbranded images and show that participant responses to questions with unbranded images were very similar to their responses to questions with branded images.

Wellness Matters! October 2021

CWN’s monthly eNewsletter, Wellness Matters! October 2021

In this issue:

  • REACH: Promising Practices Showcase
  • Healthy Food Rx: A Community Clinical Partnership
  • Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Steps for a Safe Halloween
  • CWN Policy Corner
  • Announcements and Upcoming Events: Join Our Team: Research and Evaluation Director, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and World Pneumonia Day

Wellness Matters! September 2021

CWN’s monthly eNewsletter, Wellness Matters! September 2021

In this issue:

Healthy Retail Intervention Literature Review

A search of peer-reviewed and grey literature was conducted to summarize the evidence for retail interventions, particularly with regard to impact on purchasing behaviors among consumers. Articles were retrieved by searching the SNAP-Ed Toolkit and PubMed database to identify studies of retail interventionsNeeds assessments, modeling studies, and clinical interventions were excluded from review. In addition, multiple publications for the same intervention were excluded if they did not contribute new information that was relevant to the review. The titles and abstracts of articles retrieved were reviewed to determine their relevance to the literature review. Included studies were reviewed in entirety to extract key information about the study design and outcomes, as summarized in the literature review matrix.

Read the full report describing the project: Healthy Retail Interventions: Full Literature Review