NC State Extension

Take Control

Eat Smart, Move More, Take Control serves adults across North Carolina. The program is a 6 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 and sample 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 and Carolyn Dunn, PhD, RD.

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Site Eligibility

Groups of adults 18 years and older, where at least 50% of the attendees are eligible for or receiving SNAP benefits.

  • Option #1 – Returning to a qualifying site where Take Control or Better Choices was previously taught.
  • Option #2 – Recruiting adults from or holding your classes at locations such as public housing, county health department programs like Wise Woman, WIC, JobLink/Work First participants, shelters (homeless or domestic violence), or prisoner reintroduction programs with parolees, food pantries, and soup kitchens.
  • Option #3 – New congregate nutrition or senior center sites where the director or manager confirms with a letter that at least 50% of those receiving meals are eligible for or receiving SNAP benefits. You will need to turn in a  site eligibility form to Steps to Health.
  • Option #4 A setting located in a census tract where at least 50% of the residents are at the poverty level. This can be determined at this website .   Write the site address in the address search bar which provides the census tract code. Using this code and your county (columns C and D), find the percent poverty rate in column I of this form.