Date of Graduation

Fall 12-17-2022

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Marissa Kraynak, PhD

Second Advisor

Dory Escobar, PhD


Childhood obesity and food insecurity are problems within San Francisco, California. The purpose of this program analysis is to assess the Food Education Project (FEP), which is one of many projects addressing nutrition education and the long-term public health impact is to solve the problems of food insecurity and childhood obesity. Through primary data collection, students shared their honest feelings about food and were able to openly discuss what they know and do not know about food. A literature review was conducted through research from various databases from the University of San Francisco to identify not only current interventions but gaps in knowledge surrounding this problem. From the literature review and primary data collection, a three-step recommendation was developed for consideration. The steps of the recommendations included a needs assessment specific to McKinley Elementary School, updates to current materials, the creation of a training and orientation guide for health educators and interns, and a pilot program. The purpose of the pilot program is to identify further areas of improvement and enhance the hope for the sustainability of the project and expansion beyond McKinley. The overall impact of the project and analysis is to address childhood obesity and food insecurity. Through early childhood education, there can be a step toward helping children understand where their food comes from and how to build a sustainable, affordable healthy lifestyle.

Keywords: nutrition education, elementary schools, San Francisco, childhood obesity, food insecurity