Eat Smart in Parks

Eat Smart in Parks logoWhat is Eat Smart in Parks?

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.

Eat Smart in Parks guidelines and materials:

Are you using Eat Smart in Parks? Tell us who you are:

The Eat Smart in Parks Pick

The Eat Smart in Parks Pick is a clear way for local and state parks to identify healthy foods for their customers on menus, banners, signs and shelf talkers. Simply put the Eat Smart in Parks fork or logo next to the item that meets the nutritional guidelines to let your customers know that this particular item is delicious and nutritious. You can download these design files to use in your own parks and materials:

Does your menu item make the cut?

You can determine if your menu item or particular food falls within the Missouri model policy by using this tool:

Additional materials

Did you miss the Eat Smart in Parks presentation during the Missouri Park and Recreation Association’s regional meeting? Download the presentation to learn more about this innovative program and how you can help your parks offer healthy choices.


ESIP posterPromote your healthy choices with the ESIP poster.
Download ESIP poster (14" x 20")

Business Card

For events, meetings or networking, promote your healthy choices with the ESIP business card (3.75" x 2.25"). Click on links below to download.

Front of business card / Back of business card
Front of ESIP business card         Back of ESIP business card