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Signature Research Program

The goal of the center’s signature research program is to investigate whether direct nutrition education delivered in combination with policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes is more effective in improving healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors than either strategy alone.

The program includes 5 research projects encompassing variation in race, ethnicity, cultural contexts, target audience, and methods of delivery. Two projects were implemented in SNAP-Ed and three projects were implemented in EFNEP. Three projects were conducted in urban settings, one project was conducted in a suburban setting, and one project was conducted in a rural setting at two sites within micropolitan areas. One project was a randomized controlled trail (RCT) and four projects used quasi-experimental designs.

Nationwide Training on Policy, Systems and Environmental Changes

The goal of the nationwide training is help nutrition educators build skills for successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change strategies that make healthy food and activity choices easier for low-income populations. The competency-based training will be delivered via the Cornell NutritionWorks on-line training platform which provides professional development, continuing education credits, and certification in core competencies for nutrition and health professionals. The training is based on a national assessment of PSE training needs, conducted by NE-RNECE, and the Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) study, conducted by the RNECE-PSE Change Center. NE-RNECE staff are leading the development of the training program in collaboration with the PSE Change Center and the Nationwide Training Workgroup.

Systematic Review

The goal of the systematic review is to assess the evidence for the effectiveness of combining direct nutrition education (DNE) with PSE changes, compared to either of these strategies alone, on weight status and food and nutrition behaviors related to obesity prevention.


United States Department of Agriculture

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the USDA.

RNECE: Regional Nutrition Education Centers of Excellence