The Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) is a coalition comprised of representatives from statewide and local agencies, institutions, organizations, other coalitions and individuals who collaborate to implement policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change to improve physical activity and eating behaviors of Missourians. MOCAN consists of a Steering Committee and several Work Groups. Members find shared interest and projects by meeting in work groups in specific PSE settings. The MOCAN Strategic Plan 2016-2020 includes the goals and objectives framing the work of MOCAN member organizations.


The health and quality of life of Missourians will be significantly improved through healthy eating and active living.


MOCAN fosters and supports healthy eating and active living through policy and environmental changes to measurably improve the health and quality of life of Missouri residents.


Decisions are made by active participation in meetings, discussions, email and other communications. When a decision needs to be made, MOCAN works to reach a consensus of opinion. If consensus of the membership is not achieved, voting will take place. Each member will have one vote. Decisions by the general membership will be made by a majority of the members present.

Guiding principles

  • Greater Good
    MOCAN strives to facilitate the improved health and the greater good of all Missourians. We pledge to support and apply the following principles in order to achieve MOCAN’s mission.
  • Inclusiveness and Diversity
    We welcome the views and contributions of all MOCAN members and remain open to new members from all segments of the state. We will work together to maintain equitable member representation across the state and among population groups.
  • Mutual Respect
    We acknowledge and respect the unique experience, perspective, knowledge and expertise that each member brings to MOCAN. We respect one another and work together in ways to recognize that all contributions are of equal importance and all persons of equal value.
  • Transparency and Openness
    We believe in the importance of transparency and the public sharing of accurate, complete data and statistics, minutes and other materials in a manner that is clear and open to the public.
  • Evaluation
    We are committed to continuing dialogue, analysis and modification of our mission and work plan as needs change and progress is made toward achieving our goals.
  • Accountability
    We base our decisions on these principles and will identify, review and incorporate findings of new and ongoing research in a manner that reflects these principles. MOCAN’s decision-making processes are transparent, accountable and include ways for others to offer comments and feedback.