Navigation Links
MU programs teach Missouri families to make healthy food choices
Date:8/9/2011

221.10.254.64

COLUMBIA, Mo. Eating healthy and being active are important, but choosing a healthy snack, planning a nutritious meal or checking the nutrition label on an item are not always easy for people with limited knowledge and resources. Two University of Missouri Extension programs are teaching families throughout the state how to make healthy choices to improve the quality of their lives.

"Experts know that the obesity rate in Missouri is too high," said Candance Gabel, State Coordinator for Family Nutrition Education Programs. "Two ways to lower the rate are to teach people to choose nourishing foods and to increase their physical activity. Our curriculum focuses on eating better to get the nutrients necessary for good health."

Family Nutrition Program (FNP) offers basic food nutrition education to low-income adults and youth throughout the state. The program's primary audience is school-age children, but it also targets high school students and adults through curriculum in the classroom, cooking classes and social marketing campaigns. FNP's curriculum includes Show-Me Nutrition, a sequential program from pre-K through 8th grade, Food From the Farm, a program that connects kindergartners with local farms to teach them where fresh produce comes from and Kids in the Kitchen, a program that teaches youths how to grow and cook vegetables.

"It is important to teach parents and children how to make healthy choices," Gabel said. "We target economically disadvantaged populations because they may not have the same resources as other people, including financial resources and access to affordable, fresh foods in their communities."

Participants in FNP's adult education program report thinking more about wholesome choices to feed their families, using nutrition labels to decide what to eat, increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed each day and exercising more.

"My mom is thankful for what the program taught me about eating well and exercising," said one youth participant. "Because of what I've learned, she has lost 45 pounds and we are a lot more active together."

FNP educated more than 400,000 Missourians last year. Teachers who work with program coordinators in their classrooms report observing changes in students' behaviors and hearing the students talk about choosing healthful snacks, trying new foods and becoming more active. Teachers also report their own increased awareness of nutrition as a result of the curriculum.

"A young mother volunteered in a third-grade class and after class, she told the teacher how much she had learned through her child's participation in FNP," a nutrition educator said. "She and her husband made lifestyle changes for their family based on information their child learned in the program."

Another MU Extension program, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), targets women with children to help them achieve health and fitness for their families. Lessons include managing a food budget by planning grocery shopping and comparing prices in the store, making better choices by reading nutrition labels and eating nutrient-rich foods, and safe food preparation practices. Last year, the program reached 6,280 participants in 53 counties across the state.


'/>"/>

Contact: Samantha Craven
slctw4@mail.mizzou.edu
573-882-9144
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. 3 research programs win $6M in CIHR grants to promote global health equity
2. International team works out secrets of one of worlds most successful patient safety programs
3. High-fat diet during pregnancy programs child for future diabetes
4. Validating preschool programs for children with autism
5. Primary stroke centers more likely to be in states with certification programs
6. IU-Regenstrief programs targeted to alleviate shortage of health IT workforce
7. Structured Exercise Programs Help Lower Blood Sugar, Study Finds
8. DFG establishes 13 new priority programs
9. US Department of Energy programs leader wins education award
10. Use of $4 generic drug programs could save society billions of dollars, study shows
11. Nations top primary care physician organizations release guidelines for PCMH recognition programs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
MU programs teach Missouri families to make healthy food choices
(Date:5/27/2016)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... the factors of a stroke, which we as a society can control and change. ... a stroke occurs nearly every 40 seconds within the United States. Plus, with an ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... ... Beleza Medspa has initiated a new program to assist active duty ... that Coolsculpting is being used for for more than just cosmetic purposes. ... prescribed body-fat standard, measured by the circumference-based tape method. The tape-test is used ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... Each year Standard Process Inc. ... is this year’s Life University winner of a $2,500 scholarship from ... Leadership Awards ceremony. , Outerbridge is approaching her last quarter at Life University ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... There are many ways to cook a hot dog, but ... Americans prefer their dogs straight off the grill. Of the 90 percent of Americans ... to cook a hot dog, far outpacing other cooking methods such as steaming (12 ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... clinical outcomes, hosted members and suppliers for its inaugural Member Conference at the ... their mission of elevating the operational health of America’s healthcare providers. , The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... AMSTERDAM , May 24, 2016 ... aplicación médica para ayudar a los médicos a compartir ... los pacientes a escala mundial. Profesionales médicos de Europa, ... ya se han apuntado a la aplicación, que combina ... en un entorno totalmente seguro. Educación   ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand , May 24, 2016 ... scanning and informatics solutions for the healthcare sector, has been ... the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards 2016. Dr ... a fantastic acknowledgement for our team.  It,s really good to ... the burden healthcare internationally. Our products are used in 35 ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... KONG , May 24, 2016 ... , the world , s first ... AV fistula intervention   OrbusNeich, a global ... has expanded its portfolio to include products to treat ... are the company,s first entry devices for lower limb ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: