Nutrition is for Everyone - September 2017

September 5, 2017

September 2017 | Vol. 2 Issue 8

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

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  Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates


Nutrition is for Everyone (NIFE) in Arkansas is continuing to plan and create their approach to year two of the NIFE grant. They are currently working on selecting Deputy Ambassadors and Nutrition Advocates for the grant year.

NIFE in Arkansas has finished their Disability Facility Nutrition Education curriculum to educate staff and family members on adequate nutrition information to care for people with disabilities. Their next step is to record a tutorial video to be posted online, in addition to the curriculum, for anyone in the state to access. They have multiple disability facilities that have agreed to make this nutrition education curriculum and video tutorial a mandatory training for employees.

Additionally, NIFE in Arkansas hosted an adapted Cooking Matters class at a local disability facility, BridgeWay, for adolescents ages 12-18 years. The participants enjoyed the class, stating that they felt more confident by building practical and healthy life skills in the kitchen.

Finally, NIFE in Arkansas is working with the Disability and Health grant and Special Olympics Arkansas to host a large training event for the adapted Cooking Matters classes at the end of October. This will allow a large group of individuals to be trained on how to offer these classes and extend their reach throughout the state.

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2 women holding a sign that says Little Bitty LearningThe Louisiana project continues to expand and deepen its exciting partnerships to increase reach across the state. The Louisiana Nutrition Ambassador, Lauren Griffiths, is in the beginning stages of working with Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) on a number of nutrition-related projects such as disability-inclusive structural updates to SHFB's community garden space and the development of inclusive garden curriculums for children and veterans. Additionally, Lauren is helping the SHFB team to include a disability perspective in their presentation on food insecurity to state and federal legislators in Lafayette later this month.

Lauren has also been working closely with Lisa Staples, Masters of Public Health student at LSUHSC and former educator (pictured), to offer technical assistance for her program Little Bitty Learning (LBL). LBL targets vulnerable families and children enrolled in a local Early Head Start center by offering weekly classes on health-related, family-focused topics such as positive household routines and child screen time. Lauren is helping Lisa successfully integrate nutrition education into the 10-week curriculum where parents will learn healthy cooking skills while their children are engaged in physical activity.

Finally, the Louisiana project continues to coordinate Cooking Matters courses through the Arc and other organizations serving individuals with disabilities, and two new courses are expected to start soon.

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Taylor Carley admitted he had not eaten many fruits and vegetables the August day he interviewed Alma Ellis, Nutrition Ambassador for the Nutrition is for Everyone project in Mississippi. Taylor is the host of Chit Chat Thursday with Taylor, a monthly video series produced by the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). Taylor is IDS' first self-advocate, and his Chit Chat program highlights self-advocacy, services and successes. Taylor, who has been working at IDS for two years, is also the Nutrition is for Everyone Mississippi project's first Deputy Ambassador. Taylor is responsible for media assistance for the project, particularly social media. He'll also assist with project events. There are two Chit Chat episodes featuring Nutrition is for Everyone. View the shows on the Chit Chat channel on  YouTube, or visit the Chit Chat Facebook  page.

The word about Nutrition is for Everyone Mississippi (NIFE MS) project has been spread in other ways during August. The Nutrition Ambassador had networking meetings with an instructor from the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi, the program coordinator for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program at the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and the preventive health coordinator in the Office of Health Promotion and Health Equity at the Mississippi State Department of Health. All three professionals provided information about nutrition services in Mississippi and agreed to serve in an advisory capacity for the NIFE MS project. A new NIFE MS flyer has been completed and is available on the new project website. Additionally, information was emailed August 3, to more than 600 members of the Family Health Notes listserv, a monthly electronic newsletter for the Mississippi Family to Family Health Information and Education Center. Flyers were also handed out and project information shared with participants at three annual DD Network Community Forums held in Holly Spring, August 22, Meridian, Aug. 24, and Natchez, Aug. 30.

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Deputy Ambassadors in Oklahoma taught a nutrition class in Spanish this month focused on ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into the diet.  Participants left with multiple recipes and sampled several dishes, including cauliflower mashed potatoes and black bean brownies.  The Deputy Ambassadors from the Oklahoma Self Advocacy Network are getting ready for their annual conference in September, the Oklahoma People First Conference, and are preparing a breakout session on healthy eating and plan to announce a nutrition challenge contest. 

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Contact Ashley for more details or to join the efforts in Oklahoma.


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Local farmer’s market findsNutrition education summer classes for the post-secondary education program at the University of Memphis finished this month. Participants enjoyed using tasty recipes which included foods from the MyPlate categories.

Schedules are in place for nutrition education coordination for two more post-secondary education programs beginning this fall, with plans for two additional programs not yet finalized.

The Nutrition Ambassador was introduced to the state Agricultural Extension staff and local SNAP Education program agent, in anticipation of working together to provide nutrition education or cooking classes.

Plate of peachesA Social Media Nutrition Advocate has been identified. She is diligently posting recipes and food ideas to the Facebook page several times a week, and regularly to Twitter and Pinterest. Our outreach is expanding with regular postings! Come visit us at Nutrition Is For Everyone TN . The Nutrition Ambassador also posts some of the fruits and vegetables she finds at the local farmers markets weekly.


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  Nutrition in Action

The Nutrition Facts Label is Changing!

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the department is working on making changes to nutrition facts labels, to make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. Read more about it here.


Low Carb Pot Lasagna

Want to eat a wonderful healthy meal, but don't have time to cook? Try using this crock pot recipe for a delicious low carb lasagna. 




  Nutrition and Beyond

The Importance of Plain Language

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosted a webinar on the importance of creating materials in plain language. View the webinar recording and presentation materials here.


How Healthy Is Your Congressional District?

Read about a one-year snapshot of the seven preventive health measures for each Congressional District and for each state, including the District of Columbia. Check out where your state ranks!



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