Marywood University Receives Grant to Promote Health in Local Schools

Published on Wed, December 10, 2008

Marywood University's nutrition department received a $64,580 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, to provide nutrition and exercise education to intermediate and elementary  students in the Scranton School District. This grant is in partnership with the University of Scranton and managed through Pennsylvania State University.

The program, Pennsylvania Nutrition Education TRACKS, administers Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). The TRACKS program is funded through USDA's Food and Nutrition Service and operates the SNAP-Ed program according to federal guidance. Local schools with 50% or more free or reduced lunches can participate in this program.

Participating students will receive classes on topics including fruits and vegetables, my pyramid,snacks, and physical activities. TRACKS began in October and will continue through September,2009. This is the second year for this program.

For more information on this program, please call Marywood University's Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at (570) 348-6277.