April 2018

Food insecurity is a serious public health concern affecting nearly 12% of American households, resulting in long lasting social and health consequences. Individuals experiencing food insecurity have an increased risk of chronic diseases such as hyperlipidemia, obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Food pantries historically were created to provide a source of emergency food, but many low-income families rely on this assistance on a chronic basis. Nutrition and health interventions in the food pantry setting provide a novel opportunity to increase food security, diet quality and self-sufficiency. Join this webinar to learn about strategies to promote health in food pantry settings, using strategies such as SWAP (Supporting Wellness at Pantries), a brand new stop light nutrition education system. Participants will leave with a better understanding of ways to serve the underserved in the food pantry environment.

K Martin

Katie Martin, PhD is the Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer for Foodshare, a regional food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties and connecting surplus food to a network of 300 partner food pantries, meal programs and mobile Foodshare sites. Dr. Martin earned her B.S. in Political Science from Indiana University, M.S. and PhD in Nutrition Science and Public Policy from Tufts University and she completed a Post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on food security and access to healthy foods in low income communities and exploring associations between food insecurity and obesity, social capital, food assistance program participation and food consumption patterns.

Title:               It Takes More than Food: Promoting Health                                           and Self-Sufficiency in Food Pantry Settings

Date:               Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time:               12:00PM - 1:00PM EST

CE Credit:        1.0 contact hour, 1.0 CPEU


The webinar is FREE! Reserve your webinar seat now! 


Upon completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

1.     Describe the link between hunger and health

2.     Explore the root causes of hunger in food pantry settings  

3.     Acquire skills and tools for promoting health in the food pantry environment.


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Details on CE Credits

Neither the planners nor presenter have any disclosures to report


To receive a CE certificate, you must individually register online for the webinar, attend the full program and complete an online evaluation.


Villanova University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.


Villanova University College of Nursing MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 1 Continuing Professional Education unit (CPEU) for completion of this activity.


The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Villanova University College of Nursing Continuing Education/ Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status (December 2015-2018). Providership # 698849


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