Youth Get A Monthly Dose Of Nutrition Education

Wahpeton’s Youth Club, one of the SEEC’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers*, is putting a focus on teaching the students attending its afterschool program about nutrition.Wahpeton Nutrtition Program (1)

The Club’s coordinator Jamie Neppl explained how they are providing great information on nutrition while still keeping it fun for the kids,

“We have one day a month focused on nutrition. A presenter comes in and speaks to all the children about the Family Nutrition Program through the NDSU Extension Service for individuals and families in North Dakota and creates hands-on active learning opportunities.”

The program is funded through the USDA’s SNAP-Ed program and is focused on health promotion to establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle. The program teaches knowledge and skills to plan, shop and/or prepare nutritious meals to those on a limited budget.  Direct education is provided for preschool to older adults in a variety of settings, such as schools, churches, senior centers and community centers throughout the county. Participants learn about MyPlate*, how to apply the dietary guidelines, food shopping strategies to cut costs, food selection and preparation and food safety.

*21st Century Community Learning Centers supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during out-of-school time for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and/or low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local education standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers other educational services to the families of participating children.

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