PA NEN Annual Conference

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We would like to thank the planning committee for taking the time to identify presenters and topics and USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) grant.

A big thank you goes out to UPMC for their sponsorship of the Keynote Speaker and the Physical Activity break.

Am I Eligible?

To check if you’re eligibile for SNAP benefits, click here

For information on WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), click here

For information on the CARES Rent Relief Program (RRP), click here

For information on a temporary change to SNAP Benefits in December, click here

PA NEN Team

Serina Gaston, M.Ed, CHES, Executive Director
Email: sgaston@phmc.org

Serina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from West Chester University. In 2007, she completed her Master of Education with a concentration in Health from Pennsylvania State University and attained her certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) in October 2008.  In 2017, she earned a Professional Human Resource Management certificate from Villanova University. 

Excited to be PA NEN’s new Executive Director, Serina is looking forward to working with the Board, NEN membership, PA NEN staff, state and local officials and others to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach. Serina has spent 19 years working in public health developing, implementing, and coordinating programs and initiatives relating to chronic disease prevention and management with community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, and federally qualified health centers all across Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, Serina has facilitated improvement of operations and policy, systems and environmental changes through acknowledging and reducing barriers, capitalizing on strengths, adapting to change, and enriching collaborations.

Adelaide Mikec, M.Ed., Program Manager
Email: amikec@phmc.org

Adelaide holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA.  In 2020, she completed her Master of Education with a concentration in Health from Pennsylvania State University.  During her time at Pennsylvania State University, she worked as a graduate assistant at the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research.  In this position, she helped build partnerships with community organizations and veteran groups, developed resources and materials, assisted with needs assessments, developed future center initiatives, and served as a point of contact for the center.  

She is excited to put her skills and passion to work as PA NEN’s Program Manager!  Adelaide is primarily responsible for managing PA NEN’s social marketing contract, maintaining communication and relationships with program sites, managing day-to-day program logistics, as well as developing new methods and approaches to improving messaging.  She looks forward to growing with the company and helping others live their healthiest lives possible!

Philadelphia SNAP-Ed

FOOD SECURITY BY THE NUMBERS

SNAP recipients use their benefits to boost local economies, reduce food insecurity, and consume more fresh produce.
Every one dollar of SNAP benefits has an estimated economic impact of $1.70. Learn More

During the 2018/19 school year: 55,000 students reached by Eat Right Philly SNAP-Ed partners

Students reached by Eat Right Philly SNAP-Ed partners: 924

Parents and caretakers reached by Eat Right Philly SNAP-Ed partners: 3.4 million. Learn More

Healthy Beverage Choices

Rethink Your Drink Campaign

Visit Rethink Your Drink to get the tools you can use to help kids make healthy drink choices and reduce the number of sugary drinks they consume.

Less than 10% of calories should come from added sugars

Drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sports drinks, and juice drinks.

Instead of drinking sugary soft drinks and juice drinks, drink water or unsweetened iced tea with lemon juice or infused water by adding fruit.

Drink water before, during, and after physical activity to stay hydrated.

It is recommended to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

As the weather gets hot during the summer months, remember to bring a bottle of water when you’re outside!

Add lemon slices or strawberries to your water to add natural sweetness and flavors.

Download Rack Cards and Posters

Download and print at your convenience.

Healthy Food Downloads (ENGLISH)

Healthy Moves Downloads

Healthy You

Healthy Food Downloads (SPANISH)