Nutrition is for Everyone - December 2016

December 2, 2016



December 2016 | Vol. 1 Issue 4

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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

Share our strengths cooking matters no kid hungry - image of a half eaten appleThe 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. Arkansas Nutrition is for Everyone has also partnered with Pathfinders, a local disability service, to host two of the Cooking Matters classes throughout the state.
Arkansas has also gained funding/support from First United Methodist Church in Little Rock and the AR Hunger Relief Alliance to implement a community garden at Buffington Towers, a live-in facility for Persons with Disabilities. The garden will allow those who cannot leave the facility access to fresh produce. The garden will officially be installed/planted in early Spring 2017.

The Nutrition Ambassador has created a Facebook page, Nutrition is for Everyone AR, along with an Instagram account, @nutritionisforeveryonear. This will allow NIFE in AR to further extend reach in the community.

Louisiana has three Cooking Matters courses underway across the state for individuals with disabilities and their family, friends, and support workers. So far, participants have learned about a number of nutrition-related topics including MyPlate, choosing whole grains, and how to eat enough fruits and vegetables every day. Participants have also prepared recipes such as chicken tacos and healthy Cajun shrimp pasta during classes. Image 4657 attached shows participants choosing toppings for their whole wheat pita pizzas.

Nutrition is for Everyone presented at the Sooner SUCCESS On the Road conference for families who are raising a child or a family member with a disability and professionals who work with families and children. (Will send the pictures as soon as I receive them).Oklahoma has filmed their first cooking video. They will share as soon as it is complete!

Tennessee is currently developing a series of four, 1-hour presentations that can be used in a series or as a stand-alone curriculum. Last month they held a brief training presentation and are scheduling more training events for early next year.

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  Deputy Ambassador Spotlight

Louisiana - Dewain Baldwin
Dewain BaldwinDewain, one of the Louisiana Deputy Nutrition Ambassadors, is co-instructor for the Cooking Matters course in Orleans Parish. Dewain currently works behind the scenes at Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar and Fish House as a prep chef and dishwasher, and he greatly enjoys his job and coworkers. The Louisiana Nutrition Ambassador chose Dewain for the Deputy Ambassador position given his love of cooking and his gift of ease while speaking in front of others. Dewain, who has autism himself, has a passionate desire to advocate on behalf of others with disabilities so that they can live their lives to the fullest. He has an adventurous spirit and openness that he hopes will be an example and source of hope for others with disabilities who may be afraid to try new things. Dewain is excited to act as Deputy Nutrition Ambassador and looks forward to the rest of the Cooking Matters classes.

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Oklahoma - Whitney Warfield
Whitney is a Master's student in the dietetic program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center learning to become a registered dietitian.

Oklahoma - Delpha Miklautsch
Delpha is a member of Oklahoma People First and the Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network. She is also training to become a trainer for the Self-Advocate Leadership Trainings (SALT).

Oklahoma - Dee Banta
Dee is a member of Oklahoma People First and the Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network. She is also a trainer for the Self-Advocate Leadership Trainings (SALT).

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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

Health Promotion in the Community - USC UCEDD Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Image of an apple, heart and figure exercising Health promotion and intervention is occurring beyond the Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. The USC UCEDD Children's Hospital Los Angeles, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is working on a grant that will provide activities around nutrition and physical activity, advocacy, and environmental changes for children in underserved communities. Read more about their partnership and work around health promotion here.

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 Nutrition and Beyond

Food Insecurity Among Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the United States: Evidence From the National Health Interview Survey
Image of a white plate with a green pea in the center with a fork and knife on each side.People with disabilities encounter higher rates of poverty than those without disabilities, leading to greater issues surrounding well-being, including food security. Using data from the 2011-2014 National Health Interview Survey, it was found that young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have significantly higher rates of food insecurity than young adults without disabilities. Additionally, those with disabilities are not more likely to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program than those without disabilities, living in similar economic need. Read the full results of the survey.

State ESSA Plans that Support Student Health and Wellness: A Framework for Action

The Healthy Schools campaign has announces the release of the "State ESSA Plans the Support Student Health and Wellness." This document was developed in conjunction with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, with the purpose to assist health and wellness stakeholders in getting involved in state-level conversations around ESSA. Read the full report here. You may also listen to a past webinar that describes this resources and hear how other advocates are working to advance student health and wellness through the ESSA state plans.

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button to submit articles To submit content for this monthly nutrition resource, please contact Jessica Minor, MPP, Public Health Program Manager, at [email protected]. Nutrition resources and highlights with a short summary of 150-200 words, with photos and web links are encouraged! All submissions for the December newsletter are due by  December 28. 

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