The Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) is a UW-Extension nutrition education program that helps limited resource families and individuals choose healthful diets, purchase and prepare healthful food and handle it safely, and become more food secure by spending their food dollars wisely. In Waupaca County WNEP is federally funded through SNAP-ED (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education).
- The goal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is to provide educational programs that increase, within a limited budget, the likelihood of all food stamp recipients making healthy food choices and choosing active lifestyles consistent with the most recent advice reflected in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.gov
Check out WNEP’s Food $ense and Family Food $ense Newsletters to learn more about topics such as crock pot cooking, meal planning, healthy snacks, eating away from home, and so much more.
WNEP Programming in Waupaca County
Waupaca County WNEP teaches nutrition lessons in Elementary Schools where 50% or more of their students participate in free or reduced school meals. Nutrition lessons are currently taught at Lincoln Elementary in New London, Longfellow Elementary in Clintonville and Marion Elementary. In the elementary schools, lessons are taught to 2nd and 4th grade students and topics include learning about MyPlate and the five food groups, healthy snacks, the importance of hand-washing and spending less time in front of screens and more time getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. During some of the lessons the children also have the opportunity to sample new healthy foods and learn how to make healthy choices.
Find games and activity sheets, and pledge to become a MyPlate Champion at the MyPlate Kids’ Place
Waupaca County WNEP partners with a variety of agencies to provide nutrition education to adults. Partners include: WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Senior Nutrition Sites, Healthy Beginnings, CAP Services, and Family Resource Centers. Education focuses on learning how to plan healthy, inexpensive meals, how to foster healthy eating habits in children, simple meal preparation methods and practices, and ways to be more physically active.
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Food Share Wisconsin
As of October 15, 2004 the name of the federal Food Stamp Program in Wisconsin has been changed to “FoodShare Wisconsin.” This essential food and nutrition program no longer uses “stamps” to deliver benefits to persons enrolled in the program. The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services hopes that this new name and image will foster an expansion of the program so all eligible children and families receive the food and nutrition assistance they need. For more information on FoodShare Wisconsin, go to http://www.dhfs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare/ .
To find out if you are eligible to apply for benefits, report changes, ask questions, or make an appointment go to: www.access.wi.gov or call 1-888-256-4563 toll free.
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Christi Beilfuss, WNEP Coordinator
Kelly Hammond, WNEP Educator