Public Health Impact using RE-AIM model

RE-AIM Model

Public Health Impact using RE-AIM model

Overall impact of nutrition education programs in schools using RE-AIM

Evaluating our nutrition education resources is just as important as designing them.

We follow a nationally recognized model called RE-AIM for evaluating all the key indicators of our nutrition education programs. RE-AIM is an acronym that stands for Reach, Efficacy, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance. Each letter in RE-AIM stands for an important factor that is used to assess the overall public health impact of our programs.

Reach   The number of people who get to use the program. The more people the program reaches, the more impactful the program can be! Dairy Council of California reaches 2.5 million students in our state every year. Our large dissemination is a powerful reason we can have a positive public health impact.
Efficacy   The degree the program can influence the targeted outcomes. We rigorously test our programs with experimental methods to make sure they increase nutrition knowledge, improve attitudes towards nutrition, and can influence child and parent nutrition-related behaviors, such as eating foods from the five food groups and understanding the value of having breakfast every day.
Adoption   The diversity of our classrooms who use the program, and the number of classrooms who receive the program for the first time. We provide our programs to all corners of the state so that everyone has a chance to participate. We love signing up new classrooms, and many of our classrooms continue ordering the program for years to come.

It’s important that the program is taught as it was intended (i.e. with good fidelity). Over two million students receive our programs each year and teachers see that using all the lessons, which aligns with common core, provides the best outcomes. We continuously evaluate our process to make it as easy to teach and enjoyable for teachers and students.


The long-term potential of the program. Health initiatives are only as good as their ability to instill long-term effects. We continuously evaluate and improve our programs so that they can be sustained over time and have lasting impacts. For instance, we evaluate long-term behavior change in students and whether teachers choose to teach the program year after year.


Taking advantage of the RE-AIM model!

Using the RE-AIM model, we’ve published the results of several of our nutrition education programs in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This model is used throughout public health as part of policy, systems and environmental changes evaluation. We support this approach to expand the efforts of classroom educators to include wellness policies, school cafeterias and the emphasis on local foods.

For example, the following classroom programs have applied the RE-AIM model and demonstrated a positive public health impact.

Other published research from the Dairy Council’s classroom-based programs!

Click here to read about some of our other work that has been published in internationally renowned peer-reviewed journals.

Read all our evaluations