Nutrition is for Everyone - July 2018

July 17, 2018

July 2018 | Vol. 3 Issue 5

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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 Updates


Nutrition is for Everyone Update and Special Interest Group 

The Nutrition is for Everyone (NIFE) pilot project (2016-2018) was funded by the Walmart Foundation to provide nutrition education for people with disabilities (PWD). NIFE was launched in four states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee) where PWD are least likely to consume fruits and vegetables daily and are therefore most in need of nutrition education and support. The state of Mississippi was included in year two (2017-2018) of the project. Between 2016 and 2018, NIFE reached over 300,000 people with and without disabilities through efforts such as social media outreach, television appearances, news articles, workshops, and the NIFE newsletter. Read more...


Register for the Nutrition is for Everyone SIG Kick-off Call

Monday, July 30, 2018, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

Join us for the Nutrition SIG kick-off meeting! Members of the Nutrition SIG can identify opportunities to collaborate, share events and resources on nutrition and disability, and share success stories of inclusive programs or activities. Members can also share strategies to include people living with disabilities in nutrition efforts and to include nutrition in disability and health efforts. Register to attend this meeting to learn more about the Nutrition SIG, upcoming meetings, and more!

To participate, please 
register here! 




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  Nutrition and Beyond

Over the last year, the Nutrition Ambassadors in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee have done a phenomenal job providing nutrition education to people with disabilities. They were able to accomplish this great work with the help of their deputy ambassadors, nutrition advocates, interns, community partnerships, and of course the wonderful participants.

Below are reflections from individuals who had a role in making Nutrition is for Everyone the success that is.


Success Stories from NIFE AR Participants 

Nutrition is for Everyone Arkansas shares success stories from their participants over the year, where they share how NIFE AR has influenced their lives. Read more...

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



A Newfound Desire to Improve Myself

Kevin is a self-advocate and LEND training at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center, who also worked for the Nutrition is for Everyone Louisiana (NIFE LA) program as part of his LEND rotation. In this opinion piece, Kevin expresses the lessons he learned about nutrition and himself as a result of his participation in NIFE LA. "I have learned many things during my time in NIFE, but the most memorable thing I have learned is that I possess the capacity to change the way I do things; I just need to start with something small... I also believe that NIFE is largely responsible for my newfound desire to improve myself," says Kevin. Read more...  

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


NIFE MS Deputy Ambassador's Self-Reflection

LaShaundrea Crook was one of the Deputy Ambassador at NIFE MS. During her time as Deputy Ambassador, she developed a curriculum for the project and where she presented it at workshops in across the state of Mississippi. "I was excited to work on this project... educating community members on making healthy dietary changes is what I love doing." Read more...

Deputy Ambassador LaShaundrea Crook encouraging workshop participants to stretch at the beginning of the Greenwood workshop and add more activity to their day.

Institute for Disability Studies First Self Advocate Coordinator

NIFE MS Deputy Ambassador Taylor Carley is the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi first self-advocacy coordinator. Carley works on several of the institute's transition projects, but he is also the host of the weekly video series, Chit Chat Thursday with Taylor. Carley interviewed NIFE MS Nutrition Ambassador Alma Ellis in 2017, YouTube Interview One and YouTube Interview Two. Read more...

Deputy Ambassador Taylor Carley prepared vegetable snack at the Hattiesburg Workshop

Nutrition Advocate Reflects on NIFE MS Workshop Experience

Arteya McGuire served as Nutrition Advocate for the workshop held in Greenwood in the Mississippi Delta. Twelve people attended the workshop. "The NIFE workshop was a great experience," said McGuire, who works for the Mississippi State Department of Health. "The workshop offered a lot of healthy tips that can be used in our communities" says Arteya. Read more...

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


Deputy Ambassadors Reflect on Experiences Working with Spanish Speaking Families

Nutrition education for people with disabilities is lacking, especially among Spanish-speaking families. The opportunity we had with Nutrition is for Everyone to specifically impact the Spanish-speaking families was unique and we were able to make a positive impact in a short amount of time. We immediately gained the trust of the community because we are Spanish-speaking and also have children with disabilities. We also made connections with health clinics within the community and so we taught classes in locations they were already familiar with. Read more...

NIFE OK Deputy Ambassadors

Deputy Nutrition Ambassadors Speak About Teaching Their Peers

People with disabilities hear a lot of "you can't eat this" or "you can't eat that" from health care professionals, but do not receive much nutrition education other than that. The Nutrition is for Everyone Oklahoma (NIFE OK) project allowed us to actually show people which foods are healthy and which foods are not. We also taught some basic cooking skills that most people do not know and demonstrated how it can be cheaper to eat at home instead of fast food. The peer-to-peer teaching was important because everyone was more than willing to listen.  Read more...

NIKE OK Deputy Nutrition Ambassadors

Like their Facebook page for nutrition tips and events. You can also follow them on Twitter at and Pinterest.


NIFE TN Intern's Perspective on Working with Students with Disabilities

Nutrition is for Everyone Tennessee (NIFE TN) focused on reaching out to Postsecondary Education Programs in Tennessee. These are university-based programs for students with intellectual disabilities, where part of their curriculums includes health based learning. The Nutrition Ambassador utilized and encouraged the local university nutrition programs (dietetic interns and senior undergraduate dietetic students) to help teach classes. With an outline for the topic to be covered, the interns/students filled in with lecture, in-class activities, homework assignments, and food tastings. In sharing their nutrition knowledge, the dietetic students/interns also learned about working with people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Read more...

Intern at NIFE TN reveiwing assignments with students

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



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  Nutrition in Action


Sunshine and warmer weather means that summer is here, below are recipes and resources to help you try new footds and have a fun and healthy summer!

Salsa Verde Shrimp with Cilantro Rice


When it's one of those nights and you have little time to get dinner on the table, this recipe will do the trick. With only 5 ingredients dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes. This recipe is sure to be a summer favorite! Read the recipe here



Flank Steak with Watermelon Salad

Watermelon and steak?! It may sound odd, but watermelon salad is both refreshing and delicious. Also, who doesn't love a good steak? Get the recipe here




Getting More Exercise and Why It's Worth It

Many of us have experienced times in our lives where we're less active or not active at all. We may exercise every now and then but not as much as we should. We want to believe there are tricks and quick fixes, but the truth is that starting and maintaining a healthy routine can be hard. Jay Ell Alexander, owner and CEO of Black Girls RUN! has lived it! Read her blog on why exercising is important to her and her tips to getting started here


Activity for All Children: Girls on the Run

CDC funded partner, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is working with an after-school program, Girls on the Run, to make the program more inclusive of young girls with disabilities. Everybody needs physical activity for good health. However, most children do not participate in any organized physical activity during non-school hours. Inclusive after-school programs can help increase physical activity among children of all abilities. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for young girls in grades 3 through 8. Read more...


Tracking Daily Food Intake & Exercise Goals


What's one way to keep yourself accountable for working towards a healthy lifestyle?  Have you heard of tracking your food intake and exercise goals?  A food and exercise journal or log is where the individual writes down everything eaten or drank during the given day.  This can benefit the individual in numerous ways as it brings awareness to portion sizes, provides motivation, and helps maintain goals. Read more...


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  Subscription and Submissions

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