ISU Extension in Buena Vista County recently hired Ana Mendez, Storm Lake, as the Family Nutrition Program Assistant. Mendez will be offering nutrition classes to families on limited incomes with children under age 10. The programs' nutrition, food safety, and food shopping messages help participants to choose nutritious foods, stretch their food dollars and handle food safely. Each of the seven lessons also has a physical activity component within the lesson. Program participants include adults that specifically are eligible for income-based assistance programs such as Food Stamps, WIC, Head Start, and Social Service programs.
FNP, Family Nutrition Program which is part of Food Stamp Nutrition Education and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and administered by Iowa State University Extension.
The success of FNP is due to our trained educators like Mendez who have practical, hands-on experience and ideas about how to implement suggestions for healthy eating.
According to Rhonda K. Christensen, County Extension Education Director for B.V. County, classes are free to the participants and can be taught to groups or individuals. The classes are very effective when they are taught in small groups because the participants have fun and learn from each other. All the classes feature interactive activities and visuals. Group classes are arranged to meet agency needs and schedules. Mendez can also work with individuals in their homes or at a public location. Classes can be held in the evening or on weekends, if necessary.
Mendez can be contacted by calling the ISU Extension Office in B.V. County at 712-732-5056.