NC State Extension

Better Food Better Health

 The Better Food Better Health program employs a family-based curriculum to provide nutrition education to Latino families. The program encourages adults and children to make healthy food choices, stretch their food dollar and have active lifestyles for better health outcomes.

With the assistance of Spanish-speaking facilitators, targeted sessions, lasting approximately 2 hours each, are delivered in Spanish for a total of 6 weeks. The adults and older children are taught in one group, while the younger children are in a separate group with their own teacher and age-appropriate educational games and materials. The program includes many of the proven experiential learning techniques such as hands-on activities, taste tests, discussions, food demonstrations, educational handouts and educational extenders. The final session is capped off with the participants receiving certificates of participation and holding a ‘pot luck’ healthy meal using recipes that have been improved due to the knowledge learned in the sessions.


Curriculum developed by Dr. Jaccquelyn W. McClelland and Dr. Carolyn Bird
Cultural Consultant: Cintia Aguilar

Site Eligibility

Groups where at least 50% of the attendees are eligible for or receiving SNAP benefits.

  • Option #1 – Recruiting families from or holding your classes at locations such as Head Start, WIC, public housing, county health department programs, WIC, JobLink/Work First participants, shelters (homeless or domestic violence), food pantries, soup kitchens.
  • Option #2 – Going to a location located in a census tract where at least 50% of the residents are at the poverty level. This can be determined at this website http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/. Click on your county and then continue to double-click until you can identify the tract boundaries. Please print a copy to turn into Steps to Health.

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Photo of Gretchen Hofing, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGretchen HofingProgram Coordinator (919) 515-9141 gretchen_hofing@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human Sciences - NC State University
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