Family Nutrition Program
Would you and your family like to…
Buy more with your food dollars?
Save time in the store and in the kitchen?
Offer healthier options to your children?
Create easy, low-cost meals for your family?
Feel better by eating better?
Become more active with the help of a motivated educator?
Receive free recipes, gifts, and food samples through a free program?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then the Family Nutrition Program may be just right for you and your family!
FNP is a FREE 8 week program through Story County Extension and Outreach that aims to help families become more active while eating more nutritious foods. All of the materials that we use are research based and follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans through the use of My Plate.
Each of the 8 lessons runs between 60 and 80 minutes in length. During this time, my job is to guide you through a nutrition lesson and also give you an activity and a recipe sheet that you can use with your family.
These 8 lessons can be taught in a group setting with friends, neighbors, or other community members or they can be taught within the comfort of your own home:
1. Get Moving!
2. Plan, Shop, and Save
3. Vary your Veggies, Focus on Fruits
4. Make Half your Grains Whole
5. Build Strong Bones
6. Go Lean with Protein
7. Make a Change- Focus on fatty and sugary foods
8. Celebrate Being Active (the last lesson of the program where we reflect back and review)
*Optional lessons include- Healthy Pregnancy and Feeding Children
*Each lesson includes incentives to stay with the program such as a recipe calendar, vegetable brush, measuring cups, exercise bands, etc.
Individuals are able to participate if their family income is at or below 185% of the poverty level. Any families or individuals receiving assistance through WIC, SNAP, or free or reduced school lunch would qualify. Although there are some eligibility requirements to participate in the program, as long as you are interested I will do my best to help you become a participant.
Additional information is available from Iowa State University's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Web site.
Also, check out the new Spend Smart. Eat Smart website from ISU Extension and Outreach and learn more about planning, shopping, and preparing healthy meals!
If you are ready to sign up or would like to learn more about the program, please contact Nicole Leidal at: 515-382-6551.
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