Family Nutrition Planning Overview

Report
Presented By:
Amy Gannon, MS, RD, LD
Extension Specialist & SNAP-Ed
Coordinator
Joeline Swann
Nutrition Outreach Instructor
Monongalia County Extension Service
What is the WV Family Nutrition Program (FNP)?
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The family nutrition program is comprised of:
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Nutrition, food, and physical activity projects designed to help
limited resource families youth and adults improve their health.
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We provide nutrition education to adults and children in a variety
of community settings including work force development
programs, faith-based organizations, schools, and day camps.
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We are funded by SNAP-Education (formerly known as the Food
Stamp Program) and by the Expanded Food and Nutrition
Education Program (EFNEP)
Goals and Objectives FNP
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FNP encourages the adoption of healthy lifestyle behavior by:
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Teaching nutrition education using the USDA’s MyPlate and Dietary
Guidelines
Providing hands-on nutrition education lessons and food
demonstrations
Cen$tible Nutrition for adult audiences
 Show Me Nutrition for school-based youth
 Wild & Wonderful Camp Challenge for summer-based youth
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Helping participants to stretch their food dollars, plan menus, and
read food labels
Encouraging participants to devote more time to being physically
active
Collaborating with state and local agencies to form the WV
Nutrition Network
Target Audience
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Family Nutrition Program targets :
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Youth at schools, preschools, and summer camps where more than
50% of participants are eligible for the free/reduced lunch
program.
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Limited Resource adults living at or below 185% of the federal
poverty level.
Program Delivery
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FNP programs range from the direct delivery of nutrition
information to social marketing campaigns in over 40
counties by the following individuals:
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50 Nutritional Outreach Instructors
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50 County Agents
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2,000 volunteers
Summer Camping 2013 Program Summary
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19 Nutrition Outreach Instructors
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22 Counties
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1800 children
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92 camps delivered
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Breakdown of Camp Type
12%
14%
1%
Energy Express
Independent
13 Energy Express Camps
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1 Independent Camp
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20 4-H Camps
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47 Partner Camps
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11 Preschool Camps
22%
51%
4-H
Partner
Preschool
FNP Community Camping Partners
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Boys and Girls clubs
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Libraries
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4-H programs
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City parks
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YMCA programs
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Day care centers
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Summer school programs
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Preschools
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Energy Express programs
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Vacation Bible Schools
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Community health center programs
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Soccer clubs
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Colleges
FNP Summer Camping Programs
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Provide a continuity of nutrition education during the summer months
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Research shows many children gain weight during the summer
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Provide a safe, fun, and enriching learning environment for preschool
aged and 9-12 year old children
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Provide an opportunity to partner with community organizations and
other USDA programs, such as the Summer Food Service Program, to
reach needy children
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Provide opportunities for children to be physically active and receive
healthy food tastings outside of the school environment
Preschool Nutrition Education
and Summer Camping
Why Preschool Nutrition Education?
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30.8% of WV preschool children are either
overweight or obese (compared to 24%
nationally)
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3/4 of US children spend time in organized
childcare- an ideal setting for promoting
healthy behaviors in young children
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12% of WV children live in poverty
(compared to 10% nationally)
FNP’s Pre-K Program: About the Lessons
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Scripted lessons are used, each beginning
with a nutrition-related book
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Other components include:
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Food tasting experiences
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Hands-on nutrition activities which
engage the five senses
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Examples include: food art, coloring,
manipulating new foods and other
kinesthetic activities
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Lessons on food safety, healthy food
choices and the benefits of physical
activity
Barb Trogdon, Youth NOI teaching a preschool lesson
in Wayne County.
Teacher Response to the Program
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“I loved how there was an activity at the end of each story read. I feel that
the kids really enjoyed it.”
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“We enjoyed this because it introduced children to different foods that some
may never try. It also provided parents with recipes and nutritional ideas and
facts. The children and staff loved the program and enjoyed the foods that
were involved.”
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“It was very beneficial to our children. It helped break up the monotony of the
day and gave them something to look forward to.”
Opportunities for Partnering with FNP
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Are there opportunities in your library to partner with the
Family Nutrition Program?
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Questions?

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