The Power Up Program & Schools
Adagio Health administers a SNAP-Ed program called Power Up. The goal of the Power Up program is to provide education around nutrition and physical activity to the SNAP-eligible population as well as provide technical assistance around wellness or public health initiatives. To accomplish this goal, we partner with schools and districts that are currently serving that population. Schools and districts where at least half of students receive free-/reduced-price meals, or have CEP designation, are eligible for Power Up at no cost.
The Power Up program currently partners with over 40 school districts throughout Western PA. We support schools and districts through two main initiatives:
Direct Education: Our team delivers evidence-based nutrition education about adapting healthy eating behaviors and incorporating physical activity through interactive lessons. Power Up provides 4 lessons each school year to students from PK-12th grade. Lessons are delivered within a classroom in 30-to-45-minute periods and can include a food tasting component as permitted. Additionally, our team can provide education for parents and caregivers of students on topics including grocery shopping, family meals, cooking skills, and general nutrition knowledge.
2. School-Wide Wellness & Supporting Projects: Our team can provide support to the whole school through various wellness initiatives and technical assistance that facilitate positive policy, systems, and environmental change.
Teacher/Staff training and professional development (Act 48 Credit available)
Classroom, cafeteria, and play-space supports for healthy eating and physical activity promotion
School-wide event celebrations, including National School Lunch Week, National School Breakfast Week, National Nutrition Month, Walk & Roll to School, and PA Harvest of the Month
Guidance developing or improving wellness policies
Resources and educational opportunities to engage parents and caregivers
Shared grant opportunities and technical grant writing assistance
Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE), Farm to School, and School Garden support including supplies, maintenance support, and assistance with growing and harvesting
To learn more about partnering with the Power Up program, please reach out to Amy or Britney below.
Amy Macklin, RDN, LDN Britney Zwergel, MS, NDTR
Regional Manager Senior Director, Nutrition Services