Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 (February 2016)

Evaluate your 12-Week HealthMatters Program

Program evaluation is an important part of health promotion programming. If you evaluate your program, you can demonstrate benefits, provide lessons learned, and recommend next steps for the program. Focusing on outcomes is becoming increasingly more critical for nonprofits and is being asked for by funding partners. The Evaluation Surveys in HealthMatters Program Toolkit are tested and validated and can give you an important insight. At your request, HealthMatters Team will create an Organization-specific database where you can enter participants' results. We will generate a Report from the results entered in the database. Use the Report to ask for administrative support or future funding.

Time 1 (before the Program) Survey: Data is used to guide your Program development, and help you understand participants' interests and knowledge. The information will help you plan lessons in your program accordingly.

Time 2 (after the Program) Survey: Data is used to measure your Program’s success and make recommendations for change or improvement.

Surveys should be administered in an individual interview format and paper surveys can then be entered into an online database. As an earth-friendly alternative, you can use one printed survey for participants to look at but enter answers real time into an online database. After Time 2 surveys are entered, the HealthMatters Team will compile the data and send you a Report. What a great and easy way to get participant feedback on your HealthMatters Program efforts!

Make sure to reach out to your State Coordinator if you have questions or need additional information about Evaluating your Program. Download the surveys:

Health Ambassadors
People who finish the 12-Week HealthMatters Program can become Health Ambassadors! Ambassadors are mentors, motivators, and assistants in leading the Program with staff. As peer mentors, ambassadors continue to develop their own wellness goals as well as support their peers to learn new things about health.

A Great Start to Your Day
Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day! In these cold winter months, oatmeal is a great fiber-packed start to your day. Be careful! Instant  oatmeal packets are loaded with sugar. Try using whole oats found in the cereal isle and add your own toppings! Soak them in water or milk overnight in the refrigerator and you will have a ready breakfast in the morning! Try new toppings:
  • • Fruit like berries, peaches, bananas, or dried fruit like raisins or cranberries.
  • • Sweeten your oatmeal with a little agave honey, or maple syrup.
  • • Add a crunch with almonds, pecans, walnuts, coconut, sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
  • Try Apple Pie Oatmeal with sliced apples, golden raisins, cinnamon and pecans; drizzle with maple syrup or honey.


(Alaska, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri only) Additional HealthMatters Train the Trainer Workshop dates have been added for March 2016! To register, check out and click on your specific State.

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