Nutrition is for Everyone - December 2017

December 6, 2017


December 2017 | Vol. 2 Issue 11

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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



Arkansas (AR) hosted a large-scale Train-the-Trainer training course. During this course, Nutrition is for Everyone (NIFE) educated disability facility employees, community members, and families of people with disabilities to host and teach a 6-week adapted Cooking Matters class series. Arkansas NIFE will be able to extend their reach by allowing these now certified instructors to offer classes on their own throughout the entire state.

In November, AR NIFE met with two University Dietetic Internship directors to set up a training class to educate the new dietetic interns on the grant and classes/events that AR NIFE has to offer. Arkansas NIFE will train the students and then receive free volunteer assistance for the 6-week cooking classes, events, and additional activities during the school year.

AR NIFE met with the directors of a local disability facility, Pathfinders Inc., and will begin a class series in the new year. After offering the first series, the facility will then host the classes on their own multiple times per year, making it a staple in their yearly activities offered.

They also partnered with Special Olympics to work at a Live Healthy Nutrition event that reached community members, people with disabilities, disability staff, and families. AR NIFE offered healthy snacks along with nutrition education materials, and reached over 100 participants at the event and handed out apples as a healthy fruit option!

Like and follow NIFE AR on Facebook to learn more about future events!


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The Louisiana Nutrition is for Everyone (LA NIFE) project graduated three groups of participants from its inclusive 6-week Cooking Matters courses in November. Participants learned about maintaining a healthy diet on a budget, developed new culinary skills, and learned how to shop smart at local grocery stores. Participants also reported reading labels more often, having increased awareness of what's in the foods they eat, and feeling more confident in their ability to cook healthy, delicious foods! Furthermore, the Little Bitty Learning program run by Schweitzer Fellow Lisa Staples, for which the LA NIFE Ambassador offered mentorship and technical assistance, also wrapped up this month after successfully serving 9 parents and 14 children at an Early Head Start Center in New Orleans.

Additionally, the LA NIFE Ambassador represented the project and LSU Health at a Complete Streets Coalition meeting to bring awareness to the needs of individuals with disabilities to have access to safe, efficient, and convenient transportation in order to maintain good nutrition and health. Finally, LA NIFE has begun a relationship with Special Olympics Louisiana which is currently working on an 8-week nutrition and physical activity curriculum to be piloted in February 2018. The LA NIFE Ambassador and Deputies will offer support in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the nutrition portion of the program.

Like and follow NIFE LA  Facebook page for other great updates and events!

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LaShaundrea Crook
, MS, RDN, LD, is Mississippi's (MS) newest Nutrition is for Everyone (NIFE) deputy ambassador. LaShaundrea will serve as the instructor for NIFE MS' five training sessions that will be held across the state starting in January. A trained community-based nutritional researcher and educator, she has developed a training curriculum for NIFE MS and activities for both the recruitment events and the nutritional trainings. Following the instruction portion of the trainings, she will also assist participants in a hands-on activity that encourages both eating more fruits and vegetables and preparing more meals at home. "People with disabilities and their families are interested like all of us in eating nutritiously," said LaShaundrea, "I look forward to directing them toward more healthy eating and the enjoyment of more fruits and vegetables in their daily diets."

Want more updates? Like and follow NIFE MS  Facebook page.

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Deputy Ambassadors at Oklahoma's (OK) Nutrition is for Everyone (NIFE) taught a nutrition class at the monthly Oklahoma Self Advocacy Network meeting and incorporated a healthy snack demonstration - Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Parfaits.  Two representatives involved with OK NIFE attended the AUCD conference in Washington, D.C. last month and participated in a presentation with fellow Nutrition is for Everyone ambassadors from other states. 

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

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The Tennessee (TN) Nutrition is for Everyone (NIFE) Nutrition Ambassador met with two Nashville dietetic and intern programs who work with postsecondary education programs at their universities. Suggestions were given and plans made for assisting at Lipscomb in the spring semesters. The Vanderbilt interns and their director invited the Nutrition Ambassador to a "Veterans Day" holiday meal cooking class with the post-

secondary education students who the interns have been meeting with for health coaching this fall.

Follow NIFE TN on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest  for program updates and helpful tips!

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  Nutrtion in Action


Low Calorie Holiday Desserts

The holidays are here and sometimes it can be difficult to avoid the delicious and sweet desserts. Here are dessert recipes that you can make either for yourself or to give out as gifts so family and friends to enjoy.


When Food Consumes You: Taking Eating to Extremes

How do you feel after you eat? Sometimes a person can feel guilty eating. This article discusses how eating too much can lead to eating disorders and what you can do if you need help. Check it out here.


Healthy Body, Happy Heart: Improve Your Heart Health

Most of us will have heart trouble at some point in our lives. But you can take steps now to lower your risk, learn how here


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  Nutrition and Beyond

Inclusive Fitness Benefits Everyone

At Special Olympics, our mission is to provide sports opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. In order for our athletes to truly perform at their best, they must be fit and healthy. Learn about the ways Special Olympics encourages year-round fitness here.



My plate Tip Sheet

The 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series and the MyPlate, MyWins Tips Series provide consumers and professionals with high quality, easy-to-follow tips in a convenient, printable format. View these resources here


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  Subscription and Submissions

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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 December newsletter are due by December 20th

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