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Title:Eat Smart, Be Fit, Maryland!
Pub. date: December 2004 - 2014, updated regularly
Includes: Web site
Audience: Parents, Children, Adults
Language: English
Description:The University of Maryland's Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory and Maryland Cooperative Extension have collaborated on a nutrition education demonstration project featuring the 'Eat Smart, Be Fit, Maryland!' website, a health promotion tool developed as part of the Eat Smart, Be Fit, Maryland! project. This website features nutrition and physical activity information and tools, as well as food budgeting resources and local information for Marylanders.
Funding Source: Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP ), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Developer: University of Maryland, Maryland Cooperative Extension
Pilot Testing: Initial needs assessment data was used to determine priority areas to include in the web portal, a thematic concept, and website name. Three rounds of testing with the target population were conducted, using community member feedback, prior to the 2004 website launch.

From 2004-2006, we piloted three intervention arms in three Maryland Counties to promote awareness of and collect website feedback. Based on the effectiveness studies, a combined community approach was used for disseminating the website, and the website was expanded to reflect a statewide audience. Process and outcome evaluation are used to assess effectiveness, and user's behavior change and satisfaction is measured.

Reviewers Comments: The Eat Smart, Be Fit Maryland! Web site is designed to teach users how to be healthy. Facts on healthy eating, proper exercise and food budgeting are featured on informational pages, worksheets, and games throughout the site.

The majority of the site cannot be accessed without registering, but registration is free. Users will have access to many new web pages on topics related to food budgeting, nutrition and health. Registered users will also have access to previous poll questions and answers, newsletter archives (which are distributed via email on a monthly basis) and offered the opportunity to "Ask The Coach" to ask health educators a nutrition question and see what others have already asked.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program / University of Maryland Extension
    Contact: Lisa Lachenmayr
    Mail: 10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 435
Columbia, MD 21044
    Ordering: or contact Erin Braunscheidel at
    Cost: 0.00 per
    Avail. in Qty: No

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