There is Hope for the New Year

Hope Community Center finished their second series of, “Do You Have Food $ense?” nutrition class for the year.  During the last two classes, participants explored MyPlate and the benefits of incorporating regular physical activity for a healthier lifestyle.   Participants made a Better Baking Mix, which they used to make whole wheat pancakes topped with fruit for a healthy jumpstart to their day.  For the last class of the series, everyone enjoyed a fun game of MyPlate Jeopardy.  This activity reviewed the nutrition series and allowed participants to learn additional fun facts about the foods around them.  Looking into the future, participants plan on reading nutrition labels, increasing their heart rates with regular exercise, and creating a healthier lifestyle for themselves.  They have Hope for a healthy New Year, do you?

Do YOU Have Food $ense? at Beech Acres

Free nutrition classes will be held at Beech Acres Parenting Center in June on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th by Ohio State University Extension SNAP-Ed program.  Come and Learn how to select and prepare meals to stretch food dollars and to make healthier choices.  Great information, recipes and small incentives will be provided along with open discussions to help encourage improved eating habits.  Contact Danielle Combs (Ohio State University Extension Clermont County SNAP-Ed program assistant) at 513-732-7070 or to SIGN-UP TODAY!

Do You Have Food $ense?

Participants graduated last month from Do You Have Food $ense?; a nutrition class offered in partnership with InterParish Ministries.  Classes were held at Emmanuel United Methodist Church Mobile Pantry.  Participants worked through OSU’s N.O.U.R.I.S.H. curriculum over the course of 6 months with FCS Educator Margaret and SNAP-Ed program assistants Mona, Danielle, and Becky.  Participants got a better understanding of MyPlate, food shopping, food preservation, nutrition education, and how to live a healthier lifestyle.

The Active Caterpillar

Head start students have been watching caterpillars in their classrooms eat, grow, and turn into butterflies.  As they learn from this process, they too need to eat healthy and stay active to grow and turn into “butterflies”.  Students watched and actively participated in a yoga story video called The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Head Start students discovered that the very hungry caterpillar feels better when it eats healthier.  Students made their own very hungry caterpillars showing that eating foods from each food group is the healthy way to go.

Riding Smooth

Felicity, OH- Students at Felicity-Franklin High School rode their way to fruit smoothies, as they learned how eating fruits and vegetables while using low-fat dairy products is a great way to meet their daily nutritional needs.  The smoothie bike was a great way for students to prepare smoothies for themselves while achieving physical activity requirements for a healthy lifestyle.