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Region 3 SNAP-Ed Friday Update for 08/28/20

Hello SNAP-Ed Friends,

We’d like to specifically highlight two items in this week’s update – please be sure to read on for more details on these:

  • End of FFY2020 Reporting and Due Dates! FY2020 is almost in the rearview mirror!  Read more in the End of FFY2020 Reporting update.
  • What’s Up Wednesdays-starting in September! The SNAP-Ed Leadership Team will host a series of “What’s Up Wednesday?” Zoom conversations from September-December to “meet” with WA SNAP-Ed providers and talk about programming during COVID-19. Read more in the CTW update.


*Reminder* Important Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

*Some of these dates have changed recently, please take a look and update your due dates!

  • September 30: All end of year reporting DUE only for local programs not continuing SNAP-Ed in FY21 (detailed information will be communicated individually)
  • October 1: FFY2021 SNAP-Ed fiscal year start!
  • October 6: Q4 PEARS reporting, including COVID-19 information – DUE in PEARS
  • October 16: Annual Report DUE to IA *see details below
  • October 30: All FFY2020 Effort Certification forms DUE to Kim Buckhalter
  • October 30: Final FFY2020 invoices DUE to Sponsored Program Services


*NEW* End of FFY2020 Reporting

We are rapidly approaching the end of our 2020 fiscal year.  Below is what we’re planning for end of year reporting.  Each program will receive an email with templates and any additional details by September 4, 2020.

  • For local SNAP-Ed programs not continuing SNAP-Ed in FFY2021:
    • September 30: All end of year reporting DUE. This includes:
      • PEARS reporting
      • Annual Report
    • October 30: All other 2020 documentation DUE. This includes:
      • Final FFY2020 invoices DUE to SPS (please “cc” Kim Buckhalter)
      • Effort Certification forms DUE to Kim Buckhalter
  • For local SNAP-Ed programs continuing SNAP-Ed in FFY2021:
    • October 6: Q4 PEARS reporting DUE in PEARS
    • October 16: Annual Report DUE to IA
    • October 30: All FFY2020 Effort Certification forms DUE to Kim Buckhalter
    • October 30: Final FFY2020 invoices DUE to SPS (please “cc” Kim Buckhalter)


*NEW* Racism and Equity

Last week, the American Public Health Association (APHA) released the new report Creating The Healthiest Nation: Health and Housing Equity. The report examines how structural racism and discriminatory policies led to housing and health inequality in America for low-income communities and people of color. To equip public health professionals with the tools to address these inequities in their communities, the report outlines numerous ways to advance equitable change in housing equity through policy and advocacy, cross-sector partnerships and community engagement and education.


*NEW* Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources

FRAC releases summer meals annual report
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) issued a report, Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report  finding that 2.8 million children received summer lunch on an average weekday in July 2019, reaching only one child for every 7 low-income children who participated in school lunch during the 2018-2019 school year. Even fewer children — 1.5 million — ate breakfast at a summer meals site in July 2019, according to a companion report. The report ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs.


CDC: Study Supports Environmental Protection Agency’s Index as Viable Indicator of Walkability 

The Environmental Protection Agency created the national Walkability Index using community design, distance to a transit station, and land use diversity. A recent study found that a higher score on the National Walkability Index was associated with a higher likelihood of people walking, especially for transportation.


Factors used in the Walkability Index are part of the built environment which includes the physical makeup of where people live, learn, work, and play. This can influence overall community health and individual behaviors such as physical activity and healthy eating.

For other tools related to the built environment, please see:


CDC’s Active People, Healthy Nation initiativeA new website has been created to provide information about creating activity-friendly routes to everyday places and a growing list of resources for active transportation and transit during COVID-19, such as public health guidance from the CDC around the physical and emotional benefits of physical activity. The website was developed as a collaboration between America Walks, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the League of American Bicyclists, Safe Routes Partnership, Smart Growth America, and YMCA of the USA.


Grow Your Virtual Education Skills
In response to the global COVID-19 crisis, Technology of Participation (ToP)® Trainers and their colleagues are offering a wide variety of courses, tutorials, and other resources to help you grow your virtual facilitation skills. Each offering listed has different trainers, platforms, associated costs, and learning objectives. View courses.


*NEW* Evaluation Updates

CDC Releases 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Results and Data: Access YRBSS Here.

The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data show there is still more work to do to help students establish lifelong healthy behaviors. The data also show more work can be done in our nation’s schools to improve the health and safety of children and adolescents.

During 2009–2019, there were significant decreases in the percentage of students who consumed soda or sports drinks one or more times per day and less than three glasses per day of plain water. However, other dietary and physical activity behaviors have not improved during the last 10 years and in some cases have worsened. In 2019, although 57.4% of students had played on one or more sports team during the past 12 months, less than half of students had been physically active for 60 or more minutes per day on all 7 days (23.2%).

The data support the need for multicomponent approaches, including policy and environmental changes and opportunities for adolescents to learn about and practice making healthy choices.

Efforts in schools can be coordinated through the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, which promotes collaboration among diverse partners to support health and well-being for all students.

Learn more and get the full report on teen health behaviors.


*NEW* Curriculum Training and Website Team Updates

What’s Up Wednesdays-starting in September! The SNAP-Ed Leadership Team will host a series of “What’s Up Wednesday?” Zoom conversations from September-December to “meet” with WA SNAP-Ed providers and talk about programming during COVID-19. We know there are questions about program delivery during the pandemic and hope this will create a place where all SNAP-Ed staff can come together to share ideas, ask questions and support each other.  The conversation starters are simply a way to get the conversation started at the first of the call.  There will be no formal presentation or guest speakers during these calls. Attendance is optional and open to all SNAP-Ed staff.  Below are dates, times and conversation starters for the first four conversations.  Links for the meetings can be found on the WA SNAP-Ed provider website here.

Date Time Conversation Starter
September 9, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm Direct and Indirect Ed- COVID
September 23, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm Working with Food Banks During COVID
October 7, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm Welcome to FFY21
October 21, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm Evaluation for Virtual Education
November 4, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm TBD
November 18, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm TBD
December 2, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm TBD
December 16, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm TBD


Virtual Education Page Now Password Protected:  Colleagues with CA SNAP-Ed and CalFresh asked us to please password protect documents that were adapted from work they have done in California.  Please use the password SNAPEDROCKS! To access the WA SNAP-Ed Virtual Education page.  Contact your CTW Team if you have any problems accessing the page.


Happy Friday!

Acacia & Jen