WSU Pierce County Extension Food $ense offers community based nutrition education designed to provide limited income families, children and adults with the knowledge and skills to include healthy foods and activities into everyday life.
Youth program objectives encourage students and their families to eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods and low-fat dairy and to balance food consumption with physical activity to maintain a healthy weight. Both school and community based programs are offered where more than 50% of the students are eligible for free and reduced priced meals.
The goal of the Square Foot Nutrition Project Team is to provide broad school support of student and family health and wellness with the following obesity prevention strategies:
- Changing the environment to make the healthier choice the easier one
- Enhancing access to healthy foods whenever possible
- Supporting systems and policy that promote wellness
Adult series and single events are offered at a variety of community-based locations such as Food Banks, TANF, ECEAP, Head Start and low-income housing sites and CSO offices. Food $ense targets women with children and other adults with messages that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines and teaches the skills to select and prepare the lowest-cost, most nutritious (and tasty) foods. WSU Educators emphasize increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, low fat milk, and decreased consumption of high fat, high sugar foods. Additional messages emphasize portion size and the importance of physical activity.
Interested in signing up for a class? Food $ense offers the following classes for adults and families in Pierce County.
Food $ense is funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, 1-877-501-2233. http://foodhelp.wa.gov/
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Linda Mathews Food $ense Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 798-7154 at least two weeks prior to the event.