The Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program is a USDA federally funded grant program. WNEP provides educational programming on diet quality, food safety, food security, and physical fitness to low-income youth and adults in Douglas County. WNEP works with community partners to promote nutrition education and physical activity in Douglas County. WNEP also participates in the Healthier Douglas County Coalition, the Family Services Advisory Board, the Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP), Physical Activity, Adequate, Appropriate & Safe Food & Nutrition Subcommittee and the Antipoverty Coalition.
The Nutrition Education youth programs include lessons on MyPlate, food safety, and ways to increase physical activity. WNEP provides nutrition education & promotes active lifestyles in classrooms at Cooper, Great Lakes, Northern Lights, Lake Superior, and Solon Springs Elementary Schools, Superior Middle School and the School District of Superior Family Resource Center’s Teen Parenting Program.
ADULT AND FAMILY EDUCATION
WNEP works with community agencies by providing nutrition education to promote planning and shopping for healthy meals, managing resources on a limited income and promoting physical activity.
- Cooking and nutrition classes are held at the Northwest Community Service Agency, School District of Superior Elementary Schools, Faith United Methodist Church (TLC), transitional housing programs, Bartley Manor Woodland Way, Superior Housing Authority premises and the Salvation Army.
- Nutrition and Physical activity topics are taught at the Family Resource Center, Senior Connections, and Faith United Methodist Church and NWCSA Food Pantry.
- Fun Family Cooking classes (a series of classes on nutrition and resource management topics) and HeadStart parent night programs are provided throughout the year to Head Start families.
- The Douglas County Senior meal sites receive information on nutrition, eating healthy, food safety and physical activity topics. A bimonthly senior newsletter is available to seniors visiting meal sites and to seniors receiving home-delivered meals.
Shopping Matters is a grocery store tour that is free to WIC & SNAP eligible families. It is available to Douglas County residents who qualify for WIC or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Pre-registration is required. Tours are conducted by WNEP Nutrition Education staff.
During the 1 hour-tour, participants are empowered with four key food skills:
- Reading food labels
- Comparing unit prices
- Finding whole grain foods
- Identifying three ways to purchase produce
Participants take home a booklet with recipes, shopping tips, and a reusable grocery bag.
When available tour participants may be offered the Shopping Challenge in which they put into practice what they’ve learned by buying food for a family of four from all five food groups. The grocery tour including the Shopping Challenge activity is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Additional group tours available upon request. Contact Julie.Montgomery@ces.uwex.edu or 715-395-1427 for more information or to schedule a tour.
FOOD SECURITY AND HUNGER
Douglas County WNEP program supports the Poverty Simulations provided to the community to better understand the culture of poverty. For more information call (715) 395-1363.
Healthy Food for all
“Working together to increase access to fresh and healthy food in Douglas County.”
- Douglas County formed a coalition that has worked toward access to fresh produce through NWCSA Community Gardens and other agencies and church gardens providing produce to Douglas County citizens.
- Below is the garden brochure showing ways to participate in our garden activities.
- Garden Brochure
RELATED LINKS OF INTEREST
- UW – Extension WNEP
- American Dietetic Association
- American Heart Association
- Be Food Safe
- Fight Bac
- Food and Nutrition Information Center (USDA Agricultural Library)
- Food and Nutrition Information from USDA
- Food Safety and Health
- International Food Information Council
- More Matters
- National Heart, Lung and Blood
- Nutrition Facts Label
- Nutrition for Family Living Newsletter
- UW-Extension Food and Nutrition Publications