Community Outreach

Headstart

Head Start Health Education in Central PA

In addition to intervention research, we are delivering evidence-based, behaviorally focused SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) interventions to over 1,000 Head Start preschoolers and their caregivers in four counties of central PA to promote healthy dietary behaviors and physical activity, including increased recognition of and exposure to fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods.


Healty Kids Club

With funding from the PA Nutrition Education TRACKS, our SNAP-Ed program includes monthly preschool classroom lessons and food tasting experiences. A brief article on our Head Start preschool programming in Blair County can be found in the 2014-15 Child Advocates of Blair County annual report.

Head Start Family Events and Health Fairs

Whole wheat crackers and apple slices are a tasty and healthy snack!

Whole wheat crackers and apple slices are a tasty and healthy snack!

Through the Healthy Kids Club, CCOR participates in Head Start family events and health fairs, including an annual year-end Health & Safety Carnival that serves almost 800 Blair County Head Start families. Educational handouts and activities are delivered to preschoolers and their caregivers along with food tastings/demos to reinforce the nutrition education messages delivered in the preschool classrooms throughout the school year as part of our SNAP Ed program.

PRESS: Nutrition education program expands to Bradford, Tioga County classroom (Penn State News)


Kids walking in line in a 'veggie train'

Kim Smith, one of CCOR’s Nutrition Educators, takes kids All Aboard the Veggie Train in one of her monthly nutrition lessons!


Pepper tasting

Preschool kids trying red bell peppers and pita bread with hummus as they learn all about making healthy snack choices.

Community Educational Fairs & Healthy Eating Workshops

CCOR sponsors community educational fairs and Healthy Eating workshops:

  • A Community Education Extended Learning (CEEL) Program event at the Ferguson Township Elementary was sponsored by Dr. Jennifer Savage Williams and her Community Nutrition 456 students in the planning and implementation of 12 interactive learning experience booths on nutrition and health topics for 55 elementary after school students. This activity provided the students with a unique, enriching, hands-on, learning experience.
  • An Earth Day event at the Ferguson Township Elementary School was sponsored by Dr. Jennifer Savage Williams and her Community Nutrition 456 students in the planning and implementation of 10 interactive learning experience booths that approximately 380 students rotated through. This activity provided the students with a unique, enriching, hands-on, learning experience. As part of this event, the center partnered with Leslie Pillen, sustainable Student Farm Design Coordinator at Penn State University, in installing a community garden at the school.
  • PRESS: Nutritional science class reaches younger audience with educational event (Penn State News)

Green Smoothie Demos

Green smoothie demonstration

CCOR participated in green smoothie demonstrations at Park Forest Elementary and Radio Park Elementary schools where we served green smoothies tastings to over 500 children and provided nutrition education on dark green vegetables and fruit.

PRESS: Center shows kids it can be easy and tasty to be green (Penn State News)