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Steps to Health is dedicated to inspiring healthier communities by shaping the environments where individuals experiencing limited-income buy, cook, consume, and enjoy food. We support NC State Extension professionals and partners in efforts to create policies, systems, and environments (PSE) that make the healthy choice the easy choice in locations that serve low-income families and individuals.

Steps to Health PSE initiatives are based on many factors that influence what people eat and how they choose to be active. From access to healthy food to the walkability of communities, people adopt certain heath behaviors for a variety of reasons. 

Educational Settings: Schools are a great place to create an environment that makes healthy choices easier for students, teachers, staff, and the community.

Community Sites: By working with community partners, STH is able to implement best practices to assist community sites in creating an environment that makes the healthy choices easier.

Food Pantries: Through partnership with food pantries, STH helps ensure that pantries effectively distribute food to those in need, and improve the health of their clients in the process.

Food Retail Stores: Assist food retail stores in creating an environment that makes healthy choices easier.

Farmers Markets: Contribute to thriving, inclusive, and healthy farmers market environments.

Faith-based Sites: Faith-based organizations can be strong partners in imagining and implementing policy, systems, and environmental change. Faith-based sites might include faith communities (any religious or faith tradition) or faith-based non-profit organizations.

For more information about Steps to Health PSE initiatives, contact Tammy Brunelle