The Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) is a coalition composed 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 is supported and coordinated by the University of Missouri Extension and consists of a Steering Committee and several work groups and committees. Members find shared interest and projects by meeting in work groups in specific policy, systems and environmental settings. The MOCAN Strategic Plan 2022-2024 includes the goals and objectives framing the work of MOCAN members and member organizations.


The wellbeing of Missourians will be significantly improved through increased access to healthy eating and active living.


MOCAN fosters and supports healthy eating and active living strategies to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of Missouri residents. MOCAN fosters collaboration between members and work groups as well as with federal, state, and local stakeholders. Members are active policy makers, educators, practitioners, and advocates of healthy living and encourage collaborative partnerships and best practices across environments.

Strategic Plan   Operating Principles (PDF)


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

We pledge to support and apply the following principles to achieve MOCAN’s mission.

  • Inclusiveness and Diversity
    We welcome the views and contributions of all Missourians. We seek equitable member representation across the state and among diverse 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.