October 2015 Newsletter

Greetings from the EatFresh.org Team! We have a couple new EatFresh.org projects in the works, so if you'd like to participate in testing, check out the links on the right-hand side of this newsletter.

New Feature: Meal Plans

For this new feature, we’ve grouped together recipes to make shopping, saving money, and cooking easier for our users. Browse meal plans like slow cooker dinners or kid-friendly snacks, and download a PDF with a shopping list and the full recipes.

Check out all of the Meal Plans »

Summer Meal Plan Challenge Recap 

Speaking of meal plans, this summer we partnered with the Department of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF) for the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead - Food is Fuel program. Our partnership produced the 2015 Summer Meal Plan Challenge, a summer curriculum for students based on healthy meal planning and cooking. The challenge helped reinforce vital S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) components learned throughout the school year.

Using EatFresh.org as their resource, students worked in teams to plan balanced meals and create shopping lists that save time and money. We'll be adding the student's meal plans to EatFresh.org soon, so you'll be able to give them a try yourself! 

Read about the EatFresh.org Meal Plan Challenge »

Streamlined Searching

Recipe SearchHave you noticed the new Recipe Search? Last month, we launched a re-design of Recipes and Search Results. Now, users can more easily narrow down recipe searches with user-friendly filters, and the site-wide search results better exposes other content on the website.

Moms Love EatFresh.org!

Figuring out how to motivate a picky child to eat healthy foods seems to be a universal challenge for parents. We hear it in our Leah’s Pantry Food Smarts workshops and in questions submitted to Ask a Dietitian on EatFresh.org. So when we introduced EatFresh.org to two groups of moms in San Diego, we couldn’t have been happier with their response. The conversation shifted from frustration to excitement and intrigue once the moms began to explore EatFresh.org recipes and Lifestyle pages. 

EatFresh.org Training in Mendocino and Yolo Counties

Erin took EatFresh.org on the road this month to Mendocino and Yolo counties. In addition to new partner connections and a lot of interest in all the resources available on EatFresh.org, Erin brought back some important insights about the unique challenges faced by rural counties. 

Read more about her trip » 

Volunteer to be a Guest RD on EatFresh.org

Are you a SNAP-Ed trained registered dietitian? Volunteer for a month to answer questions from our users on EatFresh.org. Visit the Ask a Dietitian page to read past questions and answers, and email Jessica Silldorff at jessica@leahspantrysf.org if you’re interested!

In health,

The EatFresh Team

EatFresh Toolkit

Looking for recipe cards, flyers, or how-to guides? Visit our toolkit »

Nutrition Education Via Text Message

Text message health interventions are low-cost are have shown to be effective, which is why we will soon be introducing nutrition education through text messages. We piloted a new EatFresh.org intervention over the summer, called the EatFresh.org SMS Nutrition Class. Participants received bi-weekly text messages for 8 weeks during this past summer related to either decreasing sugary beverage intake or increasing fruits and vegetables. This pilot gave us an opportunity to learn the tool and how best to reach our audience. Is your county interested in being a part of this intervention? Email Jessica Silldorff to get started.

UCCE San Francisco and San Mateo are organizing a Youth EatFresh.org Video Challenge

Are you looking for ways to engage youth in healthy cooking? UCCE of San Francisco and San Mateo in partnership with 4H are running a video cooking contest for youth in both counties that encourages them to make EatFresh.org recipes and film the process! Check out the details »

Help Us Test the EatFresh.org Mini Course!

EatFresh.org Mini Course

We are seeking feedback on our new EatFresh.org Mini Course. The Mini Course is a set of SNAP-Ed online classes covering five topics. The course takes about an hour, but can be broken up into 5-10 minute intervals. Visit lms.eatfresh.org to test it out »