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DINE: Creating a Culture of Wellness in Durham, North Carolina

Durham’s Innovative Nutrition Education Program (DINE) is a school and community-based nutrition education program that serves the people of Durham, NC through all stages of life. DINE is jointly funded through Durham County Department of Public Health and SNAP-Ed and reaches low-income, diverse populations. DINE follows a multi-faceted approach of nutrition education, community partnerships, and implementing policy, systems and environmental changes. This webinar will focus on the DINE Schools program and how it works to create a culture of wellness in elementary and middle schools. 

Raina Bunnag, MPH, RD, LDN · Durham County Department of Public Health, Nutrition Specialist

Kayla Welch, MS, RD, LDN · Durham County Department of Public Health, Nutrition Specialist 

Kamaria Mason, MS, MPH, RD, LDN · Durham County Department of Public Health, Adolescent Nutritionist 

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

1) Understand how to apply the socioecological model to deliver a multi-faceted nutrition program to elementary and middle school students. 
2) Describe how to utilize community partnerships to implement policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes in schools.
3) Understand how to use the DINE curriculum and know where to access lesson plans and other resources on the DINE website.
4) Give examples of ways to evaluate outputs and outcomes of direct nutrition education and PSE

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