WISEWOMAN’s mission is to provide clients with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to improve their diet, physical activity and other life habits to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. In Missouri, WISEWOMAN partners with University of Missouri Extension’s Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) to provide lifestyle education programs and resources.
MU Extension created the following county resource lists to provide information about community resources, physical activity options, grocery stores, food pantries, farmers’ markets and SNAP offices.
For more information, contact Karen Sherbondy, FNEP Special Projects Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eating Smart • Being Active is a research-based nutrition, food safety and food resource management education curriculum for low-income adults developed at Colorado State University and University of California at Davis.
The authors of Eating Smart • Being Active utilized the Social Cognitive Theory as well as adult learning principles when developing the curriculum. Curriculum activities include facilitated discussion (dialogue-based learning) and hands-on activities. These allow participants to be actively engaged in the learning process and apply the newly learned information, thus increasing their retention of the new information and increasing the chances of behavior change. All participant materials are available in English and Spanish.
Lessons include the latest, research-based information from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate and cover topics about physical activity, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices, food preparation, saving money at the grocery store, eating a variety of healthy foods from all of the food groups, food safety, reducing fat, sugar and salt, and feeding children.
WISEWOMAN clients may be referred to Eating Smart • Being Active classes provided by MU Extension throughout the state.