This is accomplished by providing free, informal and easily accessible education programs in homes and at various community agencies and organizations.
These programs focus on nutrition and meal planning; food purchasing, preparation, and safety and resource management.
In Indiana, the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service operates the FNP program, in partnership with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FNP Reaches Limited-Resource Audiences
The Family Nutrition Program serves anyone who has limited resources, including families, single adults, seniors and special audiences.
In several counties, Purdue University hires staff to focus specifically on a youth audience.
The FNP works in collaboration with many community agencies and organizations, such as local food stamp offices, WIC, IMPACT, Head Start, food pantries, soup kitchens, senior nutrition programs, CAP and schools.
FNP Helps People Make Healthy Changes
FNP used a variety of interactive and engaging educational techniques to help participants make healthy lifestyle changes. FNP assistants, like Robin Plasterer, will deliver behavior-focused nutrition education to participants in home and community settings.
Their program evaluations show a 25 percent increase in the number of participants who regularly eat a variety of fruits and vegetables each day and a 20 percent increase in the number of participants who regularly stayed within a budget by planning menus and shopping skillfully.
FNP Participants Learn Food Choices
Participants learn that eating better make sense and can be affordable. FNP provides interactive education opportunities that promote healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors within a limited budget.
Participants learn to choose five servings a day of fruit and vegetables and how to stretch their food dollar, eat less fat and sugar, prepare healthy snacks and avoid foodborne illness.
All programs are tailored to meet the needs of the target audience.
Contact the Whitley County Purdue Extension Office at 260-244-7615 or 260-625-3313, Robin Plasterer or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.