SNAP-ED ADULTS PROGRAM in Dallas and Perry Counties focus on Health and Wellness, teaching families how to make healthy food choices, food safety, how to be a smart food shopper, and saving their food dollars. Nutrition Education Program (NEP) educators use approved recipes from the Federal Food Guidance, currently MYPLATE. SNAP-ED’s primary target audience is food assistance recipients. The goal of the NEP program is to promote healthy dietary patterns and regular physical activity among individuals, families, and communities.
For more information, please contact Gladys Blythe, in the Dallas County Extension office.
The BodyQuest Food of the Warriors program works hard to prevent childhood obesity in Dallas and Perry counties. Through the SNAP-ED program, 3rd graders are engaged for 17 weeks in classes, taught by SNAP-ED educators. The goals are to increase fruit & vegetable consumption and physical activity, to improve sleep, hygiene and enhance family environments.
Eating Smart, Being Active focuses on enjoying healthy foods, preparation of healthy snacks and quick meals, eating healthy on a budget and changing eating and physical activity habits to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The six week series promotes gradual changes-one step at a time, and encourages changes the whole family can embrace to become healthier. Moreover, Eating Smart, Being Active has become a favorite program among the Motherly Care participants. Eating smart and being Active participants are eager to learn different healthy cooking styles as well as learning how to make their food dollars stretch.
Catch Kids Club – Catch stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health and is a school and after-school program: it includes three lesson levels: Jump into Health – Kindergarten; Taking Off- 4th Grades, and CATCH Kids Club- 5th through 8th Grade.
Today’s Mom teaches moms-to-be to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. In conjunction with diet, physical activity can help them have a more comfortable pregnancy and easier delivery. Today’s Mom aims to improve the dietary and physical activity habits of mom-to be during the series of six lessons.
Power to Prevent Diabetes is a program designed to encourage persons at increased risk for diabetes to lose weight and prevent or delay the disease. The program presents nutrition and physical activity health tips and suggests activities that are simple and fun.
The program consists of six weekly sessions. More time may be required for some of the sessions, depending on the participants’ interests. Participants are encouraged to bring family members or friends to the sessions to support healthy lifestyle behaviors for everyone.
Diabetes Support Group Meetings are held each month and involves a time of sharing and problem solving, an educational program, and a recipe sampling of a diabetic friendly dish.
Dallas County Extension Coordinator, Callie Nelson, conducts work in the area of Community Development such as Community Conversations and Study Circles where we help communities learn about and explore solutions to real life problems. These have included Poverty, Youth Violence and Racism.
Other program efforts include Leadership Curriculum develop and implementation, Farm-City Week, Visioning and Strategic planning programs with Non-Profits Organizations.
Dallas County citizens were introduced to the Yellow Dot program at the Spring Heritage Festival in the Plantersville community. More than 100 individuals were signed up for the Yellow Dot program, which has been conducted as part of other events in the county as well. Citizens were instructed on how to complete the information in the packet, where to place the stickers, and the importance of having this information accessible in case of an emergency.
Forestry and Natural Resource programs are planned and coordinated by the Regional Agent and Urban Forester who work with the Natural Resource Coordinating Council. Programs involve both youth and adults such as forestry tours and Classroom in the Forest.
Extension Regional Agents and Dallas County Extension Coordinator worked with local producers that sell at Dallas County’s Farmers Market by providing the latest training in areas of pest/disease management, marketing strategies and safe handling practices.
For more information farmers markets, for both consumers and farmers, please visit the ACES Farmers Market website.