Nutrition is for Everyone - February 2017

February 1, 2017


February 2017 | Vol. 2 Issue 2

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 We will be sharing this newsletter on the first Wednesday of every month to observe #WellnessWednesdayand to share healthy eating and nutrition tips for people with disabilities.

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 Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates


Arkansas Share Our StrengthsThe Cooking Matters curriculum has officially been adapted to meet the needs of people with disabilities with the help of wonderful partners including AR Hunger Relief Alliance, Special Olympics, and the Arkansas Disability and Health Program.

The Arkansas Nutrition Ambassador hosted a training event for the Central Arkansas Dietetic Interns to learn about working in nutrition for people with disabilities. Twenty-five interns were trained who will also volunteer to help with our cooking classes and disability events during our grant.

The Parents Advisory Council invited the Arkansas Nutrition is for Everyone program to come and perform a cooking demonstration, based on the newly adapted curriculum for Cooking Matters, for Arkansas parents of children with disabilities. They had a very successful class as they prepared healthy recipes out of the new curriculum. The parents agreed to implement these new cooking lessons at home with their children and were very interested in implementing these classes permanently in their own communities!

The first Central Arkansas Cooking Matters class was held in January and was a huge success. There were 10 participants in the class with disabilities and they all embraced the adapted curriculum and successfully prepared their first recipe in the six-week course. Everyone provided excellent feedback and all who attended immensely enjoyed the nutrition lesson and hands-on cooking during the class.

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Three Cooking Matters CoursesThree Cooking Matters courses have been successfully completed with a total of 57 persons with disabilities, their friends, family, or support workers attending one or more of the classes. Six Deputy Ambassadors have also successfully led Cooking Matters courses in their regions. A new Deputy Ambassador, who is completing her nutrition internship with Nutrition is for Everyone, has been chosen. She will help train other Deputies, instruct classes, help adapt curriculum, and aid in the creation of the final report and analysis.

Oklahoma Deputy Ambassadors presented the Nutrition is for Everyone project at a large hospital in Oklahoma City, OK in order to raise awareness of the project and invite more families to participate. This has brought about increased interest from the community, with hopes of providing additional nutrition education classes at the hospital.

The Nutrition Ambassador continues to meet with community organizations to put our efforts together in order to bring nutrition education to people with disabilities, their family, and friends. This includes creating inclusive nutrition education in established community nutrition efforts.

Nutrition is for Everyone Oklahoma filmed their second cooking video, stay tuned for recipe and video release!

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Image of several fruits and vegetablesThe Tennessee PKU Ambassador continues to attend events to raise awareness of the goals and potential education available through Nutrition is for Everyone TN. She spoke at 2 different events in November and held an "apple sampling" using less common apple varieties found in the local grocery store: Jazz, Cripps Pink, and Braeburn. Both children and adults tried and rated taste. The ambassador had a chance to talk with many folks about taste/texture profile, such as tart or sweet, crisp or soft, and then potential uses for eating or baking. Simple suggestions, like a microwave baked apple, were given.

The Facebook page is up and running Nutrition Is for Everyone TN, and Thanksgiving was a great time to promote easy vegetable and fruit recipes for side dishes. Fun fruit and vegetable recipes will be posted for the upcoming holiday season, on Facebook, the Pinterest page and twitter. Networking with potential partnerships and for deputy ambassadors is ongoing, with initial curriculum developed.


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  Deputy Ambassador Spotlight

Arkansas - Heather Coleman
Image of woman with a yellow shirt.We also have a special highlight feature for this month on one of our Deputy Ambassadors for Nutrition is for Everyone. Her name is Heather Coleman and she is a resident of Bentonville, AR. Heather enjoys cooking tasty meals at home with her mother, Debra, and is excited to learn even more recipes to share at home and with others. Heather is most excited about this opportunity because it allows her to give back. She is very enthusiastic about teaching and learning with her peers. Heather will be teaching the Cooking Matters class in Bentonville, AR, at a Pathfinders facility starting in February (community facility for People with Disabilities).


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  Nutrition in Action

Nutrition is for Everyone Arkansas Highlighted by TV Station

Arkansas hosted a training session on the new adapted Cooking Matters curriculum and had over 30 trainees attend that are now qualified to teach the Cooking Matters classes for People with Disabilities. During this training, a local/national TV station, AETN, recorded their mission and information about the adapted Cooking Matters class and Nutrition is for Everyone grant. It was aired on January, 18th, 2017, and has reached an estimated 15,500 people in our community. Read the article and watch the segment here.


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Happy Valentine's Day! Make Yourself a Priority!

Image of a bowl of creamy soup.Winter weather makes it especially difficult to keep up with healthy activities. Eight ways to prioritize your health and keep up with healthy habits include making soup instead of sweet treats, meditate, and get your steps in on the stairs. Read more about making your health a priority here.


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 Nutrition and Beyond

The State of Transportation For People with IDD

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Studies show that low-income families are more likely to live in neighborhoods with environmental hazards and substandard housing. When HOPE SF, in San Francisco, was launched ten years ago, its partners new the importance of putting health at the forefront of redeveloping public housing. Read the full story of HOPE SF here.


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