Idaho’s Food Stamp Nutrition Education ProgramMeet the University of Idaho Extension’s Nutrition Program, Eat Smart Idaho. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Eat Smart Idaho program is a UI Extension education program designed to help limited-resource adults learn how to stretch their food dollars to provide tasty, low-cost, healthy meals for their families. Eat Smart Idaho teaches nutrition and consumer-related skills that lead to individual change. Eat Smart Idaho helps families in Idaho move toward increased self-sufficiency. It helps those who are transitioning from welfare to work.
Why is nutrition education critical for the health and well-being of children and their families?
Malnutrition, along with environmental factors associated with poverty, can permanently retard physical growth, brain development and cognitive functioning. The longer a child’s nutritional, emotional and educational needs are not met, the greater the likelihood of cognitive impairments.
The goal of Eat Smart Idaho is to increase the self-sufficiency of food stamp individuals and families through community-based, informal experiential education that builds basic living skills and decision-making capabilities, and instills the value of life-long learning.
Canyon County Nutrition Advisors
Micki Schuetz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole MacKinnon – email@example.com
Yvonne Armenta – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridget Morrisroe-Aman – email@example.com