Nutrition is for Everyone - October 2017

October 4, 2017


October 2017 | Vol. 2 Issue 9

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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.


  Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates



Nutrition is for Everyone in Arkansas (NIFE AR) continues to plan and create their approach to year two. They are currently recruiting and selecting Deputy Ambassadors and Nutrition Advocates to assist them over the grant year.

NIFE AR finished their Disability Facility Nutrition Education curriculum to educate staff and family members on adequate nutrition information to care for people with disabilities (PWD). They are working with a local university to create a video of this curriculum to send out to state and private disability facilities in Arkansas.

On September 29th, NIFE AR hosted a nutrition education booth for the Department of Human Services at their annual Fall Festival and Crafts Fair. The fair focused on raising money by allowing PWD to sell handmade crafts. The money funds disability program improvement throughout the state. NIFE AR's booth offered nutrition education, nutrition games, providing free healthy snacks, and interactive activities.

NIFE AR met with their Special Olympics AR partner to set event dates for the upcoming year where they will provide nutrition education to their athletes, up to 15,000 total, in the state. They are also working to recruit an individual with an intellectual disability from Special Olympics AR to serve as a nutrition advocate. This nutrition advocate's role will be to assist with creating a series of YouTube cooking videos (recipes from their adapted Cooking Matters classes) for the athletes viewing, along with the public.

Finally, NIFE AR is currently working with the Disability and Health grant and Special Olympics Arkansas to host a large training event, scheduled for October 31st, for the adapted Cooking Matters classes. They will provide hands-on training for trainees who could then host their own adapted Cooking Matters classes which will help increase NIFE AR's reach throughout the state.

Follow NIFE AR on Facebook to learn more about future events!

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The Louisiana project will have four inclusive Cooking Matters courses underway during the month of October. One course is being hosted by an Arc of Metairie, and  Arc staff have been trained to act as instructors. A second course is being hosted by Helping Hands of New Orleans, a home care agency that will teach the nutrition and culinary lessons to their staff and clients side by side. Staff and clients will learn how to not only improve their own nutrition behaviors individually but will learn how to work together to ensure clients are part of the cooking- and nutrition-related decision-making processes in their homes. A third course will be offered in partnership with the LSUHSC Department of Family Medicine and will be taught by trained medical students enrolled in a nutrition elective course. Students will learn how to engage in real-world nutrition counseling with community members, both with and without disabilities. Finally, a fourth class will be offered in partnership with the Louisiana UCEDD's Pay Check program, a transition program for young adults with disabilities. Pay Check students will enroll in the Cooking Matters classes alongside their peers at the community college they attend.

The Louisiana project also provided Second Harvest Food Bank with informational materials related to disability and food insecurity to be provided to state policymakers at their presentation on debunking myths around food bank use at the end of September. The materials highlighted research that shows that people with disabilities and their families are at greater risk of economic hardship and therefore greater risk for periods of food insecurity. The Louisiana project is also exploring ways to advocate for improved Complete Streets policies in the New Orleans area in order to ensure people with disabilities are able to access health and nutrition-related resources.

Like what you've read about NIFE LA? Check out their Facebook page for other great updates and events!

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Nutrition is for Everyone Mississippi (NIFE MS) traveled to the Mississippi Delta on September 20th, to display at the L.I.N.K.S for Healthy Lifestyles event in Greenwood. L.I.N.K.S., which stands for Linking Individuals to Necessary Knowledge & Resources, sponsored the retreat for people, and their caregivers, who are at risk for or diagnosed with heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Twenty-six vendors provided health screenings and information for a large crowd of attendees at the Leflore County Civic Center. Nutrition Ambassador Alma Ellis provided information about the NIFE MS project and informed local participants that the project will be returning in a few months for an informational and educational session. Several participants shared their contact information to be notified when the NIFE MS event will be held in Greenwood. Greenwood will be one of five locations across the state where NIFE MS health and information events will be held during the upcoming project year.

While attending the L.I.N.K.S. health fair, Alma was also able to network with local health care professionals and community leaders who can assist with planning for the NIFE MS event. Additionally, Alma has been networking with professionals in Hattiesburg who can provide support in other areas of the state.

Want to know more about NIFE MS visit their Facebook page to get updates.

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Deputy Ambassadors in Oklahoma are preparing to teach a nutrition class in Spanish focused on reading the food label and ways to decrease extra salt in the diet. The Deputy Ambassadors from the Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network are teaching a breakout session on healthy eating and plan to announce a nutrition challenge contest at the annual Oklahoma People First Conference.

Like their Facebook page for nutrition tips and events. You can also follow them on Twitter at @nutr4allok and Pinterest. Contact Ashley for more details or to join the efforts in Oklahoma.

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Nutrition education for the post-secondary education program at the University of Memphis finished in September. This fall, with 24 students, there were 2 separate classes of 12 each. The curriculum developed last spring is being fine-tuned, but going well. One interactive activity that has been enjoyed is a guessing game where one partner is given a card with a picture of a fruit or vegetable and gives descriptive words or clues until the other one can guess what it is. They also sampled fruits and vegetables that may have been new to them. September's sample was

Nutrition fruit/ veggie guessing game

jicama sticks, snap peas, and freeze-dried green beans, which includes using words to describe how the food tastes (sweet, salty, etc.) and feels in the mouth (crisp, soft, crunchy, etc.), as well as whether they liked it or not.

Social Media through Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest is going strong! Their outreach is expanding with regular postings, and as more people, including students and their families, follow the page, they are getting comments and questions and a chance for brief interactions.

Looking forward to future events in the next months!


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  Nutrtion in Action


Tortilla Soup

Fall is here, which means bring out the warm clothes, pumpkin spice lattes, and soup! The fall weather is one of the best times to sit around the dinner table or snuggle on your couch and enjoy a nice bowl of delicious warm soup. Check out this recipe for a delicious tortilla soup


Eating out Tips

Do you enjoy eating out at restaurants, but still want to eat healthy? #0to60 has tips you can use for when dining out, such as requesting substitutions and asking how a menu item was prepared. Read more tips here

National Childhood Obesity Month (September)

According to the CDC, about 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the U.S. are obese. While childhood obesity affects all groups, it disproportionately affects certain racial and ethnic groups. Racial and ethnic minority children often live in communities where they face challenges in access to affordable, healthy food or safe places to be physically active, which contribute to higher obesity rates. Click here to access useful resources that can help families and health care professions address this issue.


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  Nutrition and Beyond

Webinar on Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families is pleased to invite you to a webinar on their new resource guide, Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations. Join the panel-representing policy, training and technical assistance, and programmatic early childhood organizations-as they discuss ways to conceptualize and achieve cultural responsiveness. Register today.

Webinar: Niños Saludables: Addressing Childhood Obesity among Latinos

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host a webinar, Niños Saludables: Addressing Childhood Obesity among Latinos, with a panel of partner federal agencies and stakeholders. The webinar will highlight the prevalence data and explore factors such as culture, behavior, and environment; that have contributed to the increase of obesity in Latino children of all ages over the past 30 years. Click here to register.

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. During this observance, the Office of Minority Health raises awareness of health gaps and provides a platform for national Hispanic/Latino health organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities in helping end health disparities. Read more here.


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To submit content for this monthly nutrition resource, please contact Daphnee Guillaume, Public Health Program Manager. Nutrition resources and highlights with a short summary of 150-200 words, with photos and web links are encouraged! All submissions for the November newsletter are due by October 25. 

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