(December 2005) - The UK-SRP Community Outreach Core recently presented its Superfund Community Action through Nutrition (SCAN) program, "Understanding Superfund, Helping Kentucky Communities through Nutrition," to Cooperative Extension Service (CES) family and consumer science agents at three area CES in-service meetings.
CES agents represent each of the 120 counties in the state and are trained health communicators whose ongoing mission is to translate University research to the public.
This SCAN program includes an explanation of the SRP and nutrition information on oxidative stress, anti-oxidants, and increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and spices. An interactive game and handouts on nutrition topics were used.
Written pre- and post test evaluations were used to measure increased knowledge. Results showed a 78.4% improvement in knowledge about the Superfund Program, 28.9% improvement in knowledge of what an antioxidant is, and 68.4% improvement in k March 15, 2006 ion, 93% of the participants agreed that the food choices they made would affect their health if exposed to Superfund chemicals. These outcomes support presentations to CES agents on Superfund and nutrition issues as an effective community outreach effort that also provides educational programs and materials for use in each of Kentucky's 120 counties.
To learn more about the Community Outreach Core's work with Kentucky's citizens and/or to see sample SCAN presentations, click here.