Program Contact: Alexandra Bush-Kaufman, Program Coordinator
(253) 98-3253 •


FoodMania is now closed for Pierce County.





Pierce County FOODMANIA is closed.









“A Family-Based Media Literacy Approach to Improving Family Nutrition”

Funding Source: This project is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant no. 2012-68001-19618 Childhood Obesity Prevention Program Area A2101.

Who we are: We are a team team from Washington State University and Extension and the University of Washington, collaborating with established 4-H community programs and WSU Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition education experts.

What we do: We are developing the first media literacy education program that provides sessions for parents and their children to attend together. The purpose is to help increase healthy food choices.

Whom we serve: Children ages 9-14 and their families, in five Washington State counties: Clark, Grant, Chelan-Douglas, Pierce, and Spokane.

Why is this needed? Nearly 1 out of 3 U.S. children are either overweight or obese. Children may be more likely to choose unhealthy food after seeing food advertisements on TV or online. Seeing just one or two food ads can affect young children’s eating choices.

How is this program unique? Most educational programs that target school-age youth try to convince them to use less media, with limited success. This program teaches families to critically analyzemarketing messages about food and also helps them find accurate information and use tools such as food labels.

Can I get the curriculum? After the field test of the curriculum is finished we will make the program widely available.

How can I get more information? Please contact Michelle Kistler (email:, phone: 509-335-3658).