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Title:Loving Your Family Feeding Their Future: Nutrition Education through the Food Stamp Program
Alt. Title:Ame A Su Familia Alimente Su Futuro: Educacion Nutritcional A Traves Del Programa De Cupones Para Alimentos
Pub. date: June 2007
Edition: 1st
Includes: Homepage
Audience: Parents, hispanic
Language: English, participant materials available in Spanish
Description:Loving Your Family Feeding Their Future: Nutrition Education Through the Food Stamp Program is an initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This project provides educational and promotional materials and techniques to help nutrition educators in their work with Food Stamp Program (FSP) participants and eligibles. The client materials are specifically targeted and designed for English and Spanish speaking women with children ages 2 through 18. They are written in simple, easy to read language appropriate for a fifth grade level reader. Other nutrition assistance programs could use these materials with similar audiences.
Funding Source: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Details
Developer: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Mail: outreach@fns.usda.gov
Reviewers Comments: To encourage healthy lifestyles among food stamp participants, the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service launched Loving Your Family, Feeding Their Future: Nutrition Education through the Food Stamp Program an initiative to help low-income families make healthy food choices and increase their physical activity.

Loving Your Family, Feeding Their Future is one of the first comprehensive initiatives based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid. Presented in a way that addresses cultural, literacy, and language barriers faced by many SNAP families, it features a variety of cutting-edge communication techniques to help convey important nutrition messages.

Loving Your Family, Feeding Their Future is geared towards mothers because they play a key role in choosing and buying food for their families. They also serve as role models for their children's eating habits and lifestyles. Loving Your Family... reflects advanced communication techniques that capture moms' interest, including:

  • a "self-teaching" format (a mother telling her story to other mothers)
  • full-color images to communicate key information and elicit reader attention
  • design features that emphasize core information using text blocks, bullet lists, and repetition
  • easy, low-cost, and tasty recipes and menus for busy moms on a tight budget
  • real world examples to emphasize instructional points

A Staff Support Kit includes a handbook and discussion materials for the nutrition educator in addition to all the participant materials. An online training module is also available for educators to review the kit components and ideas for using the materials.

Nutrition educators are encouraged to download materials from the SNAP-Ed Connection site or order extra copies of selected items from SNAP's Outreach and Nutrition Education Materials page.

Availability
View/download files: 
Loving Your Family Feeding Their Future (main site): http://tinyurl.com/2buqzq
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
    Mail: 3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302-1500
    Order URL:http://snap.ntis.gov/Default.aspx
    Avail. in Qty: No

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