Eat Smart in Parks (ESIP) is a statewide effort aimed at promoting healthier eating options in Missouri’s state and local parks. This effort includes the development of a model ESIP policy that guides parks in serving healthier options, training for state and local parks to assist them with using the guidelines, and materials to promote healthier items. While the project is in its pilot phase, there is growing interest in ways parks and other places of recreation can offer fresh, flavorful foods to patrons that are good for them, too.
The ESIP project team is led by individuals from University of Missouri Extension, Missouri State Parks, Missouri Parks and Recreation Association (MPRA) and the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN).
Check out the ESIP success story below and visit the news coverage page for additional ESIP success stories from around the state.