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Building Healthy Communities

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice! Learn about initiatives offered in Hawaiʻi through EFNEP, SNAP-Ed, and CTAHR.

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EFNEP and SNAP-Ed at Community Fairs
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USDA MyPlate activity
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Rethink Your Drink activity
University of Hawaiʻi, Cooperative Extension, SNAP-Ed

For more information, please email the University of Hawaiʻi SNAP-Ed coordinator at hnctr@hawaii.edu

UH Food to Grow offers free vegetable seedling kits and resources to low-income populations to increase their access to healthful foods and improve vegetable intake by encouraging recipients to start their own produce gardens at home.

"Got EBT?" signage at farmers markets encourages the use of SNAP benefits/EBT to purchase fruits and vegetables.

State of Hawaiʻi, Department of Health, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education

For more information, please email the State of Hawaiʻi's Department of Health's (DOH) SNAP-Ed coordinator at DOH.SNAPED@doh.hawaii.gov

DOH’s PolicyMap is an online mapping tool with a variety of data sources around healthy food access and built environment. It can be used to create an in-depth, visually-rich local snapshot, such as showing farmers markets that accept EBT.

map showing county-level food access coordinator organizations including Malama Kaua'i, City and Count of Honolulu, Hawai'i Public Health Institute, Hawai'i Island Food Alliance
Food Access Capacity Building Project

The Food Access Capacity Building Project has county and community-level food system experts identify stakeholders and build a collaborative network dedicated to improving healthy food access among low-income communities.

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Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

YPAR is an innovative approach to positive youth and community development based in social justice principles. Young people are trained to conduct systematic research to improve their lives, their communities, and the institutions intended to serve them.

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Public Housing Community Garden Project (PHCGP)

PHCGP goal is to create a toolkit for organizations to partner with public housing facilities to 1) start a community garden, 2) educate residents on the food traditionally grown in the area and how to prepare the food, and 3) how to maintain a garden. The result of the PHCGP will be a replicable program that benefits multiple generations and can be adapted for other communities throughout the state.

The Hawaiʻi Farm to School Hui is a statewide network comprised of five island-level networks, community organizations, and representatives of the Hawaiʻi departments of agriculture, education, health, and the University of Hawaiʻi. The Hui’s mission is to strengthen Hawaiʻi’s statewide farm to school movement by supporting our island networks in the areas of capacity building, resource development and sharing, professional development, and policy development and advocacy.

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Quick Build Projects

Quick Build projects are a means to improve local communities through low-cost, scalable built environment interventions to create long term change using paint and simple physical objects that can be cheaply purchased and quickly installed. Quick Build projects are intended to deliver improved safety, new transportation choices, and better health outcomes by quickly implementing projects that promote walking, bicycling, and transit through safe, connected routes, and healthy community design.

CTAHR Resources

Showcases a variety of programming and collaborations between researchers, instructors, and extension faculty within the UHM's Collage of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).

Hawaiʻi's oldest and most effective programs of non-formal education emphasizing real hands-on projects and demonstrations, leadership development, and personal growth.

Our “go to” hub for developing, expanding, and sustaining high quality farm to school programming in Hawaiʻi!

An official volunteer program of the University of Hawaiʻi Cooperative Extension Service which is dedicated to providing local, research-based information to help home gardeners in decisions that affect themselves, their neighbors, and our local and global environments.

A collection of information on where to source garden materials, volunteers, and funding to help build and sustain thriving gardens in schools, communities, and homes on Oʻahu.

Maps of Hawaiʻi Green Spaces

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