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Region 3 SNAP-Ed Friday Update for 09/18/20

Hello SNAP-Ed Friends,


I hope you’re all hanging in there.  We are looking forward to being all together on Zoom in a few weeks!  Apologies for the lengthy update again – I think it may be the new normal…


*Reminder* Important Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

  • September 30: All end of year reporting DUE only for LIAs not continuing SNAP-Ed in FY21 (detailed information has been 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
  • October 30: All FFY2019 Effort Certification forms DUE to Kim Buckhalter
  • October 30: Final FFY2019 invoices DUE to Sponsored Program Services – Please mark “FINAL” on the last invoice!


*Reminder* FY21 Region 3 Zoom Kickoff Meeting: Please Respond by TODAY

We will meet via zoom this year, and are planning for about 1.5 hours to share FY21 updates and spend some time together.  Please click the doodle link to let us know your availability the week of October 4.


*NEW* WAFOOD Survey Brief #1: Economic Security and Food Access in WA State During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you to everyone who helped to circulate this survey in your communities!  Published September 9, 2020, this brief report assessed income/food assistance, food security, and food access before and since the COVID-19 pandemic from June to July 2020.

Initial Findings

A total of 2,621 WA residents in 38 of 39 counties responded. This brief provides a snapshot of survey participant responses, including alarmingly high rates of food insecurity (50-58%) in lower income households and in households with children. Stimulus checks were received by 77% of households and unemployment benefits sought by 28% of households in our sample. Access the report here.


*NEW* Racism and Equity

America’s Promise Alliance: We launched The Voices of Young People platform to provide an outlet for young people to share their stories about life and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are expanding this project to include a wide range of issues young people are facing, including navigating employment, exploring community leadership, and addressing systematic racism.


Safe Routes to School National Partnership has published a new resource entitled Fighting For Equitable Transportation: Why It Matters. The resource highlights how opportunities for walking, bicycling, and public transit are more dangerous and less available in low-income communities and communities of color than others, and offers potential steps to remedy these inequities.


*NEW* CDC Trainings

We All Have a Role in Preventing ACEs
ACEs can impact kids’ health and well-being. They can have long-term effects on adult health and wellness. Their consequences can affect families, communities, and even society. Thankfully, ACEs are preventable. These trainings will help you understand, recognize, and prevent ACEs. Get the insights you need to create healthier, happier childhoods for kids today and bright futures for adults tomorrow. Take the training.


How to Improve Health Outcomes for Older Adults 

Older adults benefit from clearly understanding information about their health and the steps they can take to improve their health. Check out this podcast with Dr. Lynda Anderson, former Director of CDC’s Healthy Aging Program, for ways to communicate more clearly and effectively with your older adult audience.



*NEW* Leah’s Pantry Resources

Leah’s Pantry now has a Trauma-Informed Nutrition Messaging Toolkit! 

This toolkit was created for organizations seeking to use social media to distribute nutrition and health-related messaging grounded in a trauma-informed framework. Leah’s Pantry hopes to make this outreach easier by sharing the steps it took to develop a trauma-informed social media campaign, and provide tips for how to develop your own similar campaign.

View the toolkit now


ACEs: Are you staying up-to-date on all of the articles posted within our ACES and Nourishment online community? If not, pull out those reading glasses and get to it! While you’re there, be sure to check out this podcast with our very own Program Manager, Monica Bhagwan, in conversation with Guy McPherson of The Trauma Therapist Podcast.


*NEW* Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources and Updates

CDC 2019 Maps Show Increases in Adult Obesity Prevalence, Persistent Disparities

Twelve states now have an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35 percent, according to new CDC adult obesity prevalence maps. The 12 states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. This is up from 9 states in 2018 and 6 states in 2017.  The 2019 maps show self-reported adult obesity prevalence by race, ethnicity, and location for 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Data are not available for New Jersey. The maps use combined 2017-2019 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Adult obesity prevalence ranged from 23.8 percent in Colorado and the District of Columbia to 40.8 percent in Mississippi. Obesity is a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above.


Trust for America’s Health State of Obesity Report: US Adult Obesity Rates Highest Ever Recorded

The 17th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, reports on obesity rates for every state and the District of Columbia and by racial and ethnic groups, age and gender. The report includes recommendations for policy action by federal, state and local government, and across several sectors, on how best to address the obesity crisis. The recommendations are grounded in two principles: the need for a multi-sector, multi-disciplinary approach; and a focus on those population groups that are disproportionately impacted by the obesity crisis.  Read the full report here.


Action for Healthy Kids:  Water Access Toolkit provides handouts, factsheets and guidance to customize a water access campaign in your community. Whether it’s getting your local school district to install touchless water bottle filling stations or working with state lawmakers to get their commitment to improved water access, toolkit resources are here to help.


CivilEats Article: Edible Education Goes Online in the COVID-19 Era

As the school year starts in the most uncertain of times, these food and garden classes enter new virtual territory.


Commission for Environmental Cooperation: Food Matters Action Kit

Check out this cool toolkit for educating youth about food waste, and its impacts to our economy and the environment! Access Toolkit Here



*NEW* Evaluation Updates


I am wondering where in PEARS I would put the work my nutrition educator is doing with the Curriculum team’s virtual education workgroup? She is joining zoom calls to discuss a curriculum, and is tasked with researching and reviewing certain lessons and providing input.

SNAP-Ed administrative duties like participation in a virtual education workgroup should be included in your quarterly or annual report that you submit to your IA. Virtual education with participants should be reported in PEARS in the appropriate module – either program activities or indirect activities, depending on the virtual education format, curriculum, etc.



*NEW* Curriculum Training and Website Team Updates

Update on Virtual Education

Workgroups are making progress in getting ready for WA SNAP-Ed virtual education.  Each group is nearing completion. CTW will let everyone know as soon as lessons are ready.  In the meantime, we encourage all educators who think they will conduct VE classes to practice on the platform their partners use and to be in touch with partners about what they need/want during COVID.  The earliest VE for WA SNAP-Ed will take place is October which coincides with the start of FFY21.


The Community Partner group has written an email template that LIAs can use/adapt to communicate with their partners.  Please click here to see the template.  The workgroup is also developing promotional flyers for each of the VE curriculum that can be printed and distributed to partners or sent as an email attachment to help promote SNAP-Ed and VE.  As soon as they are available, they will be posted at the same link above.


Check Out the New Resources

Please see new resources posted on the COVID page here.  Cindy Johnson from the Mattawa Clinic let us know about resources for books with positive food, nutrition and PA messages for children grades K-5.   In addition, we continue to add Chop Chop newsletters and other resources on a regular basis.


What’s Up Wednesday

All WA SNAP-Ed providers are encouraged to join in community conversation about the work we do across the state.  The next call will take place September 23 from 2:30-3:30 pm. The call will start with the topic “Working with Food Banks During COVID”. LIAs can share what they have been doing with food banks as well as other community partners during the pandemic.  IAs, CTW, Evaluation and WSFMA will also be on hand to answer any questions people have about statewide SNAP-Ed programming.  Please join us by following the link found here.



Happy Friday!

Acacia & Jen