What is FLAN?
The Food Literacy And Nutrition (FLAN) program was developed by a multidisciplinary team at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC), Stanford University School of Medicine with expertise in Nutrition, Psychology, Public Health, Food Literacy and Medicine.
The goal of the FLAN program is to engage middle- and older-aged Latino adults in interactive sessions, field trips and potlucks over the course of a year focused on exploring how food choices impact personal health and the health of the planet as well as how our food environment influences what we eat.
The FLAN program was tested in a pilot randomized controlled trial in a community center setting and the curriculum was taught in both Spanish and English. Preliminary results show that participants improved in their ability to read nutrition labels and make healthy choices, learned how they could maintain their food traditions while also eating a healthy diet, and developed an understanding of the importance of knowing how food is grown and raised.
Additionally, a novel survey tool to measure food literacy—the Stanford Food Literacy Questionnaire—was created as part of the project and used to track changes in food literacy during the FLAN study. This questionnaire is now being validated for use more broadly such as measuring change in food literacy due to other interventions, classes or public health campaigns.
For inquiries about FLAN,
please contact Ines Campero, HARTS Lab Manager