Eat Smart in Parks
Eat Smart in Parks (ESIP) is a statewide effort aimed at promoting healthier eating options in Missouri’s state and local parks. This effort includes the development of model Eat Smart in Parks nutrition standards that guide parks in serving healthier options, training for state and local parks to assist them with using the guidelines, and materials to promote healthier items.
Parks are often the first places where children and youth learn to play a sport, ride a bike or cast a line. Parks are also places where children and youth can learn to start making healthy choices when choosing a snack, drink or meal. But parks must offer these items in their food service operations first. To help parks begin to identify healthy menu choices, partners from across the state, including Missouri State Parks, DHSS, MOCAN and MPRA, along with representatives from state and local parks, concessionaires and health advocates, developed healthy model guidelines for concessions in Missouri parks.
The ESIP project team is led by individuals from University of Missouri Extension, University of Missouri Health Communication Research Center, Missouri State Parks, Missouri Parks and Recreation Association (MPRA) and the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN).
Check out the ESIP success story below and see the Further info tab below for news coverage of ESIP success stories from around the state