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May 2013 Archives

Saving Money on Food This Summer

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grocery sack.JPGAhh, after a very long winter, summer is finally here! Children are excited to be on summer vacation and adults are ready to enjoy the warmer temperatures.  Even with the summer excitement, parents and childcare providers may be nervous about how their food costs will increase when children are home over the summer months. 

Families may see an increase in food expenses during the summer for several reasons:

1. Children are not in school so do not participate in school breakfast and lunch. This adds to the food cost for all families, but especially for families that receive free and reduced priced school meals.

Understanding the ways we are making a difference

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Who we are and what we do are relevant in the lives of over 70,000 Minnesotans. School-aged children to older adults connect with our county-based Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs). Together, they engage in one of 4,000+ interactive, research-based educational offerings annually through the SNAP-Ed program. Our program aims to improve the health and well-being of our participants by developing positive attitudes and skills around healthy food and lifestyle choices.

In order to understand the program effects and determine its impact, in 2011 we began to explore the program components that contribute to participant change. What are some ways, besides a participant survey, that program impact can be determined? Is our program able to create long term behavior change in those we serve? Can an educational program based on successful nutrition education implementation and programming be helpful in making these long term behavior changes?

Creating Healthy and Active Celebrations

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Spring is here and so are celebrations such as graduations, weddings, birthdays, and family gatherings. These celebrations are a great opportunity for families and friends to get together. If you are hosting a party this spring, there are several things you can do to create healthy, active, and low cost celebrations.

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