Nutrition is for Everyone - February 2018

February 2, 2018

February 2018 | Vol. 3 Issue 2

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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 Arkansas (NIFE AR) hosted their third large-scale training, Train the Trainer's course, in Texarkana, Arkansas. During this course, NIFE AR educated disability facility employees on how to host and teach a 6-week adapted Cooking Matters class series. Each employee plans to begin offering a class in their facility. NIFE AR have now trained over 100 employees to teach the adapted Cooking Matters class! See a video of their training here. NIFE AR also began its first six-week adapted Cooking Matters class at Pathfinders, a local disability facility, in Jacksonville, AR. Read more...


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Special Olympics Louisiana has partnered with Nutrition is for Everyone Louisiana (NIFE LA) to begin a new program for their athletes and families. The 8-week pilot, running January to March, invites participants to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity and 30 minutes of nutrition education during weekly evening classes. Participants are encouraged to track their health behaviors at home in between classes. Read more...

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

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"Making my own snacks" was reported most often by participants as their favorite activity at Mississippi's first Nutrition is for Everyone education workshop. The nutrition workshop was held on January 25, at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center in Hattiesburg. Thirty participants attended, including members of the Institute for Disability Studies' TRIAD AmeriCorps project and Project SEARCH Southern Mississippi as well as members of LIFE of Mississippi, the state's independent living organization. Read more...

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

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The Deputy Nutrition Ambassadors taught a class in Oklahoma City in Spanish for families with children with disabilities focused on making mealtimes a priority with tips for planning and prepping meals. They have a class scheduled next month focused on ways to add fruits and vegetables to the diet. Deputy Ambassadors also led a cooking demonstration and nutrition class for people with disabilities in Shawnee and participants prepared a healthy snack (Greek yogurt and banana parfait). Read more...

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 Post-Secondary Education programs were all on break between semesters and came back to ice and then snow at the start of the semester, with multiple days where universities were closed because of hazardous roads. Note the photo of the snowman with not only a carrot for a nose, but cashews for the smile, and dried apricots for eyes, which shows a creative use of food! Meanwhile, the program directors, along with the Nutrition Ambassador and are getting reorganized to begin planning nutrition education dates for the spring semester, and looking into further outreach. Read more...

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


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  Nutrition in Action


Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

Many of us have some nutrition goals in mind for the new year. One popular nutrition goal is to incorporate a meatless meal into the mix once a week and these Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls may help with that! Click here for the recipe.


Weight Control and Complementary Health Approaches

Did you know that more than two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States weigh more than they should? Learn more about weight control here.


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  Nutrition and Beyond

Healthy Communities Policy Guide

APA's Healthy Communities Policy Guide identifies policy ideas for local, state, and federally elected officials aimed at improving community health and quality of living through planning. APA believes "healthy communities" are places where all individuals have access to healthy built, social, economic, and natural environments that give them the opportunity to live their fullest potential regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, income, age, abilities, or other socially defined circumstance. Read the complete guide here.

    Inclusive Fitness Benefits Everyone

    People with disabilities have been a demographic that experiences poverty at a rate disproportionate to their peers without disabilities. Population surveys have consistently shown that nearly one third of people with disabilities live below the poverty line and they're more than twice as likely to live in poverty when compared to their non-disabled peers. Read more about the how poverty can also foster living in conditions that do not promote health or access to health promotion opportunities and can cause the financial distress that lead to impoverished conditions here.


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  Subscription and Submissions

You are receiving this message because you are subscribed to the AUCD Nutrition4All listserv. This is a discussion list hosted by AUCD to facilitate communication on strategies to include people living with disabilities in nutrition efforts and to include nutrition in disability and health efforts. Members can email the list by replying to a message or sending a new message to the list's email. To subscribe to this listserv, email Daphnee Guillaume, Public Health Program Manager.

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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 March newsletter are due by February 28, 2018.

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