Nutrition is for Everyone - November 2016

November 2, 2016


November 2016 | Vol. 1 Issue 3

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 #WellnessWednesday and to share healthy eating and nutrition tips for people with disabilities.

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 Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates

As the new Nutrition Ambassador transitions into her work, the Cooking Matters curriculum continues to be adapted to meet the needs of people with disabilities with the help of wonderful partners including AR Hunger Relief Alliance and the Arkansas Disability and Health Program. A Cooking Matters demo class will be held by the AR Hunger Relief Alliance for the Parent Advisory Council on January 20, 2017.

The Louisiana Nutrition Ambassador has continued to facilitate partnerships between the Metropolitan Human Services District, Families Helping Families, and Mia's Educational Employment Agency to begin offering Cooking Matters courses in the regions or Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and Rapides Parish. Six Deputy Ambassadors from these three regions have been identified and trained on the Cooking Matters curriculum. The Louisiana Nutrition Ambassador continues to grow partnerships so Cooking Matters classes can be brought to more parts of Louisiana.

The Nutrition Am
bassador is working with the Self Advocate Network to embed nutrition education into Healthy Living trainings. Two self-advocates have been identified as deputy ambassadors and more are being identified to conduct the trainings in their regions. The Ambassador attended the Oklahoma People First Conference in Tulsa, the Forum on Latin Women in Oklahoma conference in Oklahoma City and the Fiesta Hispana in Oklahoma City to promote the Nutrition is for Everyone program. The Ambassador will also be attending the Nutrition is for Everyone table at the On the Road Family Perspective Conference at Variety Care on November 15. This conference is for family members and professionals working with individuals with disabilities. For more information on the conference, view here. Check out the Nutrition Ambassador Facebook page which keeps up-to-date information on events and nutrition information.

The Nutrition is for Everyone table at the Oklahoma People First Conference

Five Deputy Ambassadors have been identified in Oklahoma. Check out the bios of two of the awesome deputy ambassadors here:

Yvonne Lira: I am a mom who has a child with Autism. He was diagnosed when he was 2 1/2 years old. We have had many challenges in the way we eat because of the associated sensory disorders and the fear of trying new foods because of the texture, shape, color, appearance or smell. The biggest motivation to be a part of this project was when a friend said, "I have tried to help other families, and I forgot to concentrate on my own son." This is why I wanted to be part of this project. I saw this as an opportunity to help others in similar situations, but also, in order to love and care for someone we love, we have to help and care for ourselves. Yvonne is a leader for the Oklahoma City Autism Latino support group.

Caty Serrano: I was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States in 2001 in order to get away from domestic violence. I lived in a shelter for battered women in El Paso, TX. I received a scholarship to obtain my GED, and moved to Oklahoma City in 2002. I have always had a passion to help and serve others, especially those who have been abused in domestic violence. I have volunteered for several organizations; such as, Latino Community Development Agency, churches, Skyline Urban Ministry, Love OKC, Habitat for Humanity, Wonderfully Made Foundation, and Educare. In 2001, I was invited to found the 1st Congress of Latina Women, then decided to start my own foundation, Forum of Latin Women in Oklahoma (ForMuLaOK) Foundation in order to assist anyone in a domestic violence crisis. We assist with translators in court, provide advice, counseling, mentoring, and assistance with food and clothing. We have hosted several events: Celebrating the International Day of Women, Month of Non-Violence Against Women or Gender-Based Violence and You Decide aimed to empower women to make the best decisions for their lives. I am also a mother of 5 children, ages 25, 16, 9, 8, and 6. My youngest son was diagnosed with Autism when he was 4. I have been married to my husband, Ariel Salazer, for 1 year. Together, we are parent mentors to other families who have children with autism.

The Nutrition Ambassador continues to talk with partners and build relationships as it begins to build out the Nutrition is for Everyone program. Two educational training presentations are scheduled for October and November and a series of four 1-hour curriculum presentations are being developed to be used as a series of trainings for individuals or act as a standalone training. Make sure to check out the Nutrition is for Everyone Tennessee's new Facebook page to view current information and healthy recipes.

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  Partner in Coalition News

Nutrition is for Everyone-Arkansas would like to thank the wonderful partnerships that have been made in order to effectively prgress with this project. AR Disability and Health Program, AR Hunger Relief Alliance, AR Title V CSHCN Parent Advisory Council, AR Gleaning Network, Raising Arkansas and TRIUMPH Program have been critical partners for developing nutrition curriculum.  

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  Nutrition Events


Save the Date!

On March 24, 2017, the Save the Date: Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquim 2.0  Food Security and Hunger mch Nutrition  will take place from 12:50pm - 5:00pm ET. To receive information on how to view this webcast you can email, [email protected].

The Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquim 2.0 also put on a Fall presentations on Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs, as well as additional webcasts. To view all of their presentations visit their website.


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  Nutrition in Action

The Fresh2You mobile market is a mobile farmers market available for people who live in food deserts and high need areas in Arkansas. This market also welcomes SNAP and EBT cards. In addition, the Arkansas No Kids Hungry, Cooking Matters Team offers cooking demonstrations and recipes at each stop that the mobile market makes. Arkansas Nutrition Ambassador will be working with this program to help improve the health and nutrition of all people living in Arkansas, including those with disabilities.


Checking out the Fresh2You Mobile Market!

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A few Deputy Nutrition Ambassadors in Oklahoma shared information on Nutrition is for Everyone and healthy eating at an event in Oklahoma City, Fiesta Hispana.



The Tennessee Nutrition Ambassador spent time discussing the importance of nutrition at PKU at the Zoo, an annual event held by the Tennessee PKU Foundation, in conjunction with the Boling center for Developmental Disabilities' Genetics Clinic.

      PKU at the Zoo in "Tennessee"

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 Nutrition and Beyond

The Power of the Wellness Committee
A wellness committee plays a vital role in success of health promotion programming and an organizational culture of wellness. It represents the opinions, thoughts, and ideas of staff and people who support you and can bridge gaps within the community. Read more about the importance of having a wellness committee in the HealthMatters Program Newsletter


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