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Family Nutrition Eductaion Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information.  http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm

Healthy Food Demonstrations and Tastings all Summer!

If you need new, simple and delicious recipes to enjoy summer produce, look for University of Missouri Extension at a Farmers’ Market near you!   University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State University Research and Extension employees and volunteers will be at many metro area markets with cooking demonstrations and tastings.  Recipes and consumer resources about produce selection, storage, and preparation are also available.  Click here for a summer calendar.  In addition, we’ll be at the City Market  Farm to Table kitchen and inside the Jackson County Extension office in River Market the first and third Saturdays of every month until October 4th!  Healthy Food Flyer For more information contact Rachel Gordon, Family Nutrition Education Program Project Director at gordonra@missouri.edu.


The Early Childhood Educator’s Conference

Will be held from 7:30am to 3:00pm on Saturday, September 13, 2014at the Woods Chapel United Methodist Church (4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, MO). The conference will help early childhood educators, child care providers, and parent educators provide quality early care and education for young children and families.  The workshop topics include -

·         Cultural Diversity Competency for Early Childhood Educators
·         Activities to Teach Diversity to Children
·         Supporting a Child with Needs in the Classroom
·         Nature Immersion in the Classroom
·         Nutrition 101 – Helping Kids Grow Up
·         Applying Math Skills to the Early Years
·         Effects of Domestic Violence on Childhood Development
·         Moving and Learning in Child Care
·         Understanding Right Brain Visual Learners in the Left Brain World
·         Learning with Natural Resources

Participants will receive 6 clock hours of training upon completion.  Registration fee is $50 per person by September 5.  Continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.   Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the University of Missouri Extension office at 816-252-5051. Information/Registration Flyer

Health Benefits of Tai Chi Exercise

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low-impact exercise that promotes physical and mental health and relaxation. It is practiced as an effective exercise for health through a series of flowing, graceful and gentle postures and movements. The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that can strengthen the body, improve mental relaxation and mobilize joints and muscles. It is especially suitable as a therapy for arthritis because of the slow and gentle movements. Health Benefits of Tai Chi Exercise Article

Eating From the Garden

Eating From the Garden's nutrition and gardening program has reached more than 2,500 Jackson County fourth and fifth graders in the past three years. Assisted by 40 adult volunteers, students plant and maintain outdoor vegetable gardens; taste new foods; and participate in nutrition, plant science and environmental awareness lessons. Last year, the program added chef demonstrations in the classroom and developed an EFTG pilot curriculum for second-grade students. Call the extension center for more information on this program and current activities. http://missourifamilies.org/eatfromgarden/

Nutrition Education Resource Center

Jackson County Extension received a $35,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Kansas City to develop a nutrition education center in our new offices in the River Market area.  The new center will allow us to provide hands-on nutrition and food preservation classes to encourage the community to eat healthy and be more active.  It will be a great opportunity for us to partner with the City Market to promote the consumption of local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Karen Elliott