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Project Director:  Ruth Little

Student Coordinator: Lorenzo Hopper


Letter from Student Coordinator:

Dear MPH students,

The Department of Public Health would like to take the time to extend an invitation to all students interested in gaining knowledge and learning skills to provide quality food and nutrition education, to enroll in the Food Literacy Partners Program.

The Food Literacy Partners Program offers 12 hours of free nutrition education for any resident of Pitt County.  The objective of the Food Literacy Partners Program is to increase the food, nutrition, and physical activity knowledge of volunteers and health professional who work with diverse populations within Pitt County.  The course can be completed either in person or online via Blackboard.

Food Literacy Partners Program includes the follow topics:

·The new My Plate program (replaced the My Pyramid program in June 2011)

·How to lose weight safely

·Nutrition and the prevention of cancer

·The importance of calcium in the diet

·Healthy eating to reduce or prevent high blood pressure

·Proper ways to handle and prepare food safely

After completing the course, each participant will receive a certificate and will become "certified" in Food Literacy.  Graduates of the program will also receive a large cooler bag tote, a food thermometer, a cutting board, measuring cups, and a cookbook.  The cookbook alone is valued at over $35 so it is a great deal!  And remember – the class is completely FREE.

The fun doesn't stop there! The Food Literacy Partners Program also allows you to get involved in the community. Graduates of the program are asked to use their newly acquired knowledge to volunteer their time at different events in Pitt County. Our University prides itself on serving the community and the Food Literacy Partners Program believes that volunteering within our community is the cornerstone for making Pitt County a healthier place.

The Food Literacy Program provides MPH students with unique experience, including one-on-one interaction with the community, opportunities for networking, and volunteer hours.

If you are interested in enrolling in the Food Literacy Partners Program or have any questions, please feel free to email me at or .   


Lorenzo Neal Hopper

East Carolina University

Food Literacy Partners Program Coordinator