explore nutrition education programs in your community
In this Discussion, you will explore nutrition education programs in your community. In at least 150 words, discuss the role nutrition education programs play in the community. Investigate and describe the nutrition education programs that are available in your community.
In this Discussion, you will explore nutrition education programs in your community. In at least 150 words, discuss the role nutrition education programs play in the community. Investigate and describe the nutrition education programs that are available in your community. Pick one and describe how it is set up. Describe the components, eligibility criteria, how it is marketed, the target audience, goals and purpose of the program, and the type of nutrition education provided. In response to your classmates, discuss how you would determine if a client would benefit from a community nutrition program and how you would help them access it. Responses to your classmates should be at least 75 words.
Nutrition education programs can serve the community in a variety of ways. The one most people probably think of is educating people on how to adopt a healthy eating habit. It also provides information on programs like WIC (Women Infants & Children) and SNAP/SNAP-ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Programs like WIC are aimed at providing the nutritional necessities for low-income Women, Infants, and children. SNAP-Ed is an educational part of the SNAP program. “SNAP-Ed teaches people to shop for and cook healthy meals” (SNAP-Ed Connection, n.d.)
The Program I chose is SNAP-Ed. This program in Georgia offers 8 Week Eating Smart courses that cover planning, shopping, nutritional education and a free cook book. They also offer community gardening. “The gardens can reduce food shortages by increasing access to affordable fresh produce. More importantly, they give community members ownership of a space that empowers, educates, and engages them to make lasting, healthier choices that supports the goals of direct nutrition education.” (Georgia Department of Public Health, 2021) They also have a program for worksite wellness aims to strengthen policies and the work environment to encourage nutrition and physical activity.
SNAP-Ed Connection. (n.d.). SNAP-Ed Connection. Retrieved May 4, 2022, from https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/
Georgia Department of Public Health. (2021, August 25). SNAP-Ed. Retrieved May 4, 2022, from https://dph.georgia.gov/snap-ed
Purdue University Extension (n.d.) has a program called Nutrition Education Program (NEP) which helps the community by providing information for improving meals, shopping for food, and cooking for better health and active lifestyle. The USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program are supporting Purdue University Extension Nutrition Education Program (Purdue University Extension, n.d.).
Purdue University Extension Nutrition Education Program (n.d.) have certified Nutrition Education Program Advisors who provide cooking classes, food examples, and tools for cooking for free to children, teens, adults, and seniors. There are virtual or on-site classes for economical, simple, and healthy meals. On their website, you select age group and find a class available or request a class. You can select any county from Indiana. They also have a variety of recipe on their website very well organized by the type of meal you are looking for (Purdue University Extension, n.d.). This program looks interesting and apparently it is for anyone. I even signed up for the newsletter to see what kind of tips they provide for meal planning and grocery shopping. I can even sign my kids for a cooking class.
Purdue University Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP). (n.d.). About NEP. Retrieved
Nutrition education programs are designed to encourage healthier food choices and can be targeted to certain audiences. Generally, resources are provided to help individuals and families choose nutrient rich foods and portion control. A local program in my community is the Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program. The mission to improve community wellness and health equity for all Hoosiers through direct education and community wellness initiatives (Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program, 2022). They have free programs for kids, teens, adults, and seniors. They provide hands on learning on topics such as MyPlate, food safety, food planning, staying active, shopping tips to save money, and fix it fast balanced meals (Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program, 2022). The program is supported by USDA, SNAP-Ed, and EFNEP. Target audiences include SNAP recipients, individuals with limited resources, school with 50% or more free and reduced lunches, and communities with high poverty rates( Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (2022). Below is a chart of partners:
(Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program, 2022)
Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program. (2022). About NEP. https://www.eatgathergo.org/about-nep/
For work, helping diabetics find resources in their communities, I have found myself time and time again using Findhelp.org to get a list of resources in the area. I have found help for so many who can’t afford food right now! It is very rewarding! However, I had never searched locally.
I found an abundance of help in my area. There are many stipulations and requirements for most, and some even include fees (Findhelp.org, n.d.). One, named Early Head Start, helps expectant families, and families with children under age 3 (Findhelp.org, n.d.). They provide nutrition, health, and parenting education as well as child care (Findhelp.org, n.d.). To qualify, families have to meet income eligibility requirements and must live in the county (Findhelp.org, n.d.). The US Department of Health and Human Services determines eligibility based on poverty guidelines and does all the marketing (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2021). The intention of the program is to help the most “vulnerable”, in other words those from low income families, to have the best start with early education (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2021).
If anyone needs this type of help, and qualifies, there seems no logical reason to not pursue the help. The program aims at all aspects of helping children from health, family wellbeing, and even being prepared for trauma (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2022). If I had a client, friend, coworker, or anyone I felt could benefit from this, I would first see if they have a way to commute to the location, and if they have a phone or internet to apply. If those are not available, then I would continue to search for additional resources, or perhaps a more nearby location with similar offerings. If they could apply and have transportation, then I would provide the link or the phone number to get them started. Has anyone heard of free transportation or phone services to further help with programs like this?
FindHelp. (n.d.). Findhelp.org. Findhelp.Org. May 5, 2022, https://www.findhelp.org/food/nutrition-education–venice-fl?postal=34287
US Department of Health and Human Services. (2021, May 26). Office of Head Start. The Administration for Children and Families. May 5, 2022, https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs/
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