Source: Michigan Department of Education.
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– [Instructor] Nutrition education
and outreach for CSFP and TEFAP.
Nutrition education.
Michigan CSFP agencies
are required to offer
nutrition education to
program participants.
The goal of providing education materials
is to help CSFP participants obtain
better nutrition status through increased
understanding of basic
nutrition principles.
A big part of this effort is to support
the effective use of USDA food products.
Annual nutrition plan.
Each local agency must submit
a nutrition education plan
by October 1st of each fiscal year
as part of their agency application.
The plan must address
the following points.
The agency's CSFP nutrition
education goals for the year,
and action plan for
achieving education goals,
including nutrition topics
and recipes for each month,
a summary of resources which will be used
to obtain nutrition information.
Nutrition education materials.
The nutrition education
information must be presented
in a manner that is easily
understood by participants.
It must also be relevant
to the Agency's stated nutritional needs.
Nutrition information should
consider specific ethnic
and cultural characteristics
of participants whenever possible.
Agencies create flyers, brochures
or newsletters that are included
in participant food boxes each month.
Nutrition education materials can include
a variety of areas of
information including,
but not limited to,
the nutritional value of CSFP foods
and their relationship to
the overall dietary needs
of the population groups served,
suggested nutritious
ways to use CSFP foods,
including recipes and introduction
information for new or unique foods,
information on special
nutritional needs of participants
and how these needs may be met,
information on the importance
of proper health care
and the role nutrition plays
in maintaining good health,
direction regarding the
importance of the use
of the foods by the participant
for their own health.
Nutrition education resources.
A variety of online
resources are available
to help agencies compile
useful nutrition information
for distribution to program participants.
The following sites are good examples
of where to find nutrition information.
This USDA sponsored
webpage is the first ever
one stop federal website that provides
direct access to many of
the resources available.
USDA commodity fact
sheets and the food safety
connection may be accessed
through this page.
The food and nutrition
information center website
offered by the United States
Department of Agriculture
National Agricultural Library can be found
online at www.nal.usda.gov/fnic.
This site is a clearing house
of nutrition information.
Many of the materials are in easy
to read formats with large print.
The Michigan State
University extension site,
operated by Michigan State
University College of Agriculture
and Natural Resources can be found
online at www.canr.msu.edu.
Click on their outreach
section to find their food
and health page for a
variety of nutrition,
health and food safety materials.
The National Diabetes
Education program site,
provided by the National
Institute of Diabetes
and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,
NIDDK, can be found online
at www.niddk.nih.gov.
This site has diet and
nutrition information
in their health section that provides
information on proper
nutrition for diabetics.
Many of the materials are often in Spanish
and various Asian languages.
Evaluation.
Agencies are required by regulation
to implement an evaluation
procedure to determine
the effectiveness of
the nutrition education.
The process must allow
for participant input
and may be conducted by the agency
or via a contracted nutritionist
or other professional determined
by the state to be qualified
to perform the evaluation procedure.
Evaluations should be done annually
and may be a random
sample of the clientele.
Keep surveys short if
possible and to the point.
Use a large font print
size for easy reading.
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