Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion

Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium (SCNAC)

SCNAC is one of the many grant funded programs within the Center For Nutrition & Activity Promotion (CNAP) at California State University, Chico. SCNAC started in Fall of 2004 with a $1.5 million per year match grant for three years.

The SCNAC grant is administered by the Network for a Healthy California (formerly known as California Nutrition Network) with federal funding from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Participation in our program enables our partnering school districts and community agencies to enhance their nutrition education programs and promotion of physical activity by expanding their budget for current interventions and/or to implement new and innovative promotion strategies.

SCNAC's key goal is to promote diet and physical activity behavior change in Northern California through education programs with a focus on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and participation in government nutrition assistance programs.

SCNAC's objectives are to:

  • develop and maintain a coalition of community, health care and educational organizations serving Northern California residents
  • promote quality nutrition and activity education to parents, teachers, adolescents and pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade students that supports healthy lifestyles
  • involve media to increase awareness of child obesity and strategies for its prevention
  • conduct programs for low-income families and provide culturally appropriate nutrition education and physical activity promotion services

The way in which we are working toward these goals is by implementing the activities outlined in our grant Scope of Work. Some of these activities include:

  • Harvest of the Month
  • Cooking Demonstrations and Classes
  • Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education
  • Promotional Events
  • Teacher and Staff Trainings

For more information about starting your own grant funded program through the Network for a Healthy California, click here.

Network Information

The Network seeks to increase California’s consumption of fruits and vegetables to the recommended amount and increase daily physical activity to at least 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children.

This material was funded by USDA's Food Stamp Program through the California Department of Public Health's Network for a Healthy California. These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. The Food Stamp Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help buy nutritious foods for a better diet. For information on the Food Stamp Program, call 1-888-328-3483.

The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this website is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by Sierra cascade Nutrition & Activity Consortium (SCNAC), California Nutrition Network, the United States Department of Agriculture or the Agricultural Research Service of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable.