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Nutrition Education

Evaluation of Oregon Food Stamp Family Nutrition Education Program

For the past several years Public Policy Research has been evaluating the comprehensive nutritional education program developed by the Oregon Food Stamp Office and the Multnomah Country Office of the Oregon State University Extension Division. This innovative program is designed to improve the food management skills of food stamp recipients in several counties throughout the state of Oregon. The evaluation includes both process and outcome components to determine changes in food management, nutrition practices and food consumption patterns which can be attributed to the program. Taken together the findings from this ongoing project have provided ample evidence of both short and long term improvements in food shopping, budgeting healthy eating practices.

Cardiovascular Health

Itís time for a change of heart: A self-control guide to prevent heart disease

With the assistance of Providence Medical Center staff, Public Policy Research prepared a self-instructional guide to preventing heart disease. The guide began with general description of self-control theory and practice, as well as its relevance to heart disease. Succeeding chapters described selected self-control techniques and showed how their application could prevent heart disease. Representative techniques treated included: goal setting, recording keeping, commitment, shaping stimulus control, reinforcement, incompatible behaviors, social and cognitive techniques.

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