775-945-3444 emms@unce.unr.edu

Small Steps 4 Big Changes (SS4BC)

The Small Steps 4 Big Changes program focuses on teaching healthy eating behaviors for children and parents/guardians. The program focuses on families who live and qualify with in the public housing authority and are automatically SNAP-Ed. Eligible. The primary focus is on grades K-6th with supplemental education for parents and caregivers of the children. Education occurs at the Community Centers at the public housing authorities. There are 10 scheduled lessons which include pre-tests, lessons, and post tests. Since public housing is underserved this program helps disseminate and overcome the myth of housing authority community stereotypes. It encourages the break from poverty cycle and focused on empowering the youth with healthy eating behaviors. It is an experienced based program which encourages children to take a role in forming their future.
“Because of this program, we now walk to school.” Parent

Audiences Served

  • Kindergarten through 6th-grade students
  • Families and caregivers of students in Reno Housing Authority public housing


  • Reno Housing Authority
  • Family Self Sufficiency
  • Youth Counselors
  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • Rethink Your Drink
  • Smarter Lunch Room


University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Sarah Chvilicek
p: 775-784-4848