Social Design | May 2021 
During the Spring semester of 2021, our Social Design class tackled the problem of food insecurity in South Bend. We spent the first month conducting interviews with local stakeholders, such as food banks and homeless shelters, and intensely researching the many dimensions of this issue. When thinking of interventions, my partner and I felt passionate about addressing the consequential manifestations of food insecurity in nutritionally vulnerable youth. Our design intervention led to a resource- and family-friendly board game aimed at positively reinforcing preventative dietary behaviors. 
Works Cited & Additional Resources:
Astrid M. Yperman, Joyce A. Vermeersch, Factors associated with children’s food habits, Journal of Nutrition Education, Volume 11, Issue 2, 1979, Pages 72-76
Blom-Hoffman, Jessica, et al. “Promoting Healthy Food Consumption among Young Children: Evaluation of a Multi-Component Nutrition Education Program.” Journal of School Psychology, vol. 42, no. 1, 2004, pp. 45–60., doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2003.08.004.
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Manios, Yannis, et al. “Evaluation of a Health and Nutrition Education Program in Primary School Children of Crete over a Three-Year Period.” Preventive Medicine, vol. 28, no. 2, 1999, pp. 149–159., doi:10.1006/pmed.1998.0388.
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“Our Opinion: Taking on Obesity in St. Joseph County.” South Bend Tribune, 11 Apr. 2019,
Parker, Paulette. “One Preschool Aims to Fix Food Deserts with Nutrition Education.” State of Opportunity,
Powers, Alicia Raby, et al. “Effects of a Nutrition Education Program on the Dietary Behavior and Nutrition Knowledge of Second-Grade and Third-Grade Students.” Journal of School Health, vol. 75, no. 4, 2005, pp. 129–133., doi:10.1111/j.1746-1561.2005.tb06657.x. 
Robbins, Ocean. “From Food Deserts to Food Oases: Addressing Access to Healthy Food.” Food Revolution Network, 11 Sept. 2020,
Soon-, Ok Chang, et al. “Intake of Processed Foods and the Effects of Nutrition Label Education in 5th Grade Children.” Journal of the Korean Dietetic Association, vol. 14, no. 2, 2 May 2008, pp. 166–175.
“Study Shows Strong Nutrition Education Can Lead to Healthier Food Choices by SNAP Recipients: USDA-FNS.” USDA,
Syed, Imran. THE EFFECTS OF FOOD DESERTS ON CHILDREN. 20 Apr. 2017,,healthy%20food%20in%20their%20environment.
Weaver, Barbara Lynn. “Health and Socioeconomic Disparities of Food Deserts.” Global Ecological Humanities, 4 Mar. 2017,
Special Thanks to: 
Myrnetta Daniel, CFH 
Crystal Pitts, CFH
Jennifer Morgan, CFH
Jennifer Agostino, RD

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