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Wisconsin nutrition education program (WNEP)


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Wisconsin nutrition education program (WNEP)

  1. 1. Ashland & Bayfield Counties Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program
  2. 2. History WNEP has been serving the families in Ashland and Bayfield Counties since 1996. Ann teaches basic cooking skills to children at the Boys and Girls Club
  3. 3. Education We provide cooking, preservation, and nutrition education classes in multiple settings Fun Family Cooking is always a big hit with kids and parents
  4. 4. Settings In our counties, most of our time is spent providing nutrition education in the qualifying schools. We also work with Head Start, WIC, Senior Centers, Tribal agencies, and Human Services among others A healthy snack encourages kids to try new foods
  5. 5. Discovery We promote lifelong learning, unbiased transformational education and excellence through our scholarly work School children learn to love vegetables!
  6. 6. Strengths We integrate University research with community-based knowledge to explore new solutions and their practical applications Bad River elders share their skills at a WNEP food preservation class
  7. 7. Strengths Our four part-time Nutrition Educators are all trained teachers and have extensive training through university and optional personal development in nutrition education Ann demonstrates what whole grains are to an elementary student
  8. 8. Audiences We partner with agencies that work with families where at least 50% of their consumers are eligible for FoodShare. For schools they need to have 50% qualify for free/reduced lunches A father and son make juice together at a Head Start Fun Family Cooking Class
  9. 9. Audiences We are intentionally inclusive in our efforts to ensure equity, justice and fairness WNEP adds nutrition education to Bad River’s Take a Hike Club
  10. 10. Limitations of WNEP • We are limited in time. The need is great and our work is limited in schools. Each classroom receives between 4 and 6 nutrition education lessons per year • We may provide nutrition education around a garden, but may not participate actively in gardening with students
  11. 11. Limitations lead us to COLLABORATIO N
  12. 12. Collaboration We support Farm to School locally by providing introductions to school and community members, helping new workers navigate the relationships The Birch Hill Community House director helps teach kids about good nutrition
  13. 13. Collaboration We meet regularly with Farm to School workers, so they can connect with one another and learn what nutrition education is currently being done at schools Farm to School provides new tastes for kids with their “Beetza” tasting
  14. 14. Collaboration We provide Farm-to-School with resources so they have current, research-based materials for their nutrition education We share multiple curricula that are grounded in research and culturally relevant
  15. 15. Collaboration We share knowledge of our local cultures, so that Farm to School can meaningfully connect with their students Bad River’s Take a Hike Club
  16. 16. Collaboration We share our educational outcome goals so that Farm to School and WNEP are working together, not duplicating efforts but extending learning for students and their families. Danielle teaches that popcorn can be a healthy whole grain choice for children
  17. 17. Collaboration We maintain files of the work done by prior Farm to School workers to provide continuity for schools. Middle school students read food labels to identify sources of sugar
  18. 18. Collaboration We support Farm to School by participating in their 1st Annual collaborative effort Families have fun while learning at the 1st Annual Farm to School Winter Carnival
  19. 19. How to Build Collaboration with WNEP • Meet with your local UW-Extension Family Living Agent and/or WNEP Coordinator • Find out what schools they serve • Ask how they have collaborated in the past and if there are opportunities moving forward • Ask for insights about community needs and possible supports for your program • Build on existing nutrition education efforts and themes
  20. 20. WNEP Ashland/Bayfield Counties is: Kathy Beeksma, WNEP Coordinator Ann Christensen, WNEP Educator Dan Corning, WNEP Educator Donna Ganson, WNEP Educator Danielle Vanderscheuren, WNEP Educator Support Staff: Amy Tromberg and Becky Yoshikane