Text2BHealthy: Engaging Parents in School Nutrition through the Use of Text Messaging

Healthy Food Choices in Schools December 23, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF


Learn how one SNAP-Ed program has incorporated text messaging to extend their reach to encourage increased fruit and vegetable consumption and how to adapt their program to encourage healthier food choices in schools.  

Presented by: 

Laryessa Worthington, MS RD LDN -- Eat Smart and Mobile Technology Coordinator with the University of Maryland Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program

Nicole Finkbeiner PhD -- Evaluation and Reporting Coordinator University of Maryland Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how text messages can be used to engage parents in the nutrition conversation
  • Participants will learn about strategies to develop and integrate a text message program in their schools
  • Participants will learn how engaging parents in nutrition messaging impacts their kid’s consumption of healthy foods


PDF of Presentation Slides

About the Program

Online Parent Sign Up Link

Example Sign-Up Flyer

Example Promotional Flyer

Example Text Messages 


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.