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Take Control

Take Control is an 8 session chronic disease prevention program that provides strategies to help adults manage their health. It informs, empowers, and motivates participants to change their eating and physical activity patterns. The program provides opportunities for participants to track their goals and progress toward healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. Each 1-hour session contains a basic cooking demonstration of a healthy recipe. The recipes and nutrition handouts are provided to program participants. Evaluation of the program is conducted via a pre- and post-behavior survey.

The Eat Smart, Move More, Take Control curriculum was developed by Linda Minges, MPH, RD, LDN, Nicolle Miller, MS, MPH, RD, Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D., RD, Lindsay Goolsby, MS, RD, and Gretchen Hofing, MPH, RD.

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Site Eligibility

A site is eligible for Steps to Health adult programming if the site is documented to serve generally low-income people, where at least 50% of people have gross incomes at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Line.

Locations that qualify automatically: Public housing developments, congregate nutrition sites, county health department programs like Wise Woman, WIC, JobLink/Work First participants, shelters (homeless or domestic violence), prisoner reintroduction programs with parolees, food pantries, and soup kitchens.

If a site is not automatically eligible, follow these steps to determine eligibility:

Step 1. Find your census tract.

Enter the address of your community siteLocate the tract code in the upper left corner.

Step 2. Determine if the census tract qualifies.

Find your census tract on the Eligibility Spreadsheet.

What if the census tract doesn’t qualify?

Contact to discuss the possibility of using a site eligibility letter.

For virtual surveys and data related information, please contact