Improving the Community Through Better Nutrition
Milwaukee County UW-Extension participates in the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP). WNEP helps limited resource families and individuals choose healthful diets, purchase and prepare healthful food, and become more food secure by spending their food dollars wisely. For more information about WNEP, download our flyer.
WNEP Programming Includes:
In partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools, WNEP provides lessons on choosing healthier snacks, food safety, and eating a variety of healthy foods for students in over 50 schools throughout the county. Teachers, please click here for more information about lesson opportunities for your students and read how WNEP curricula fits with Wisconsin Nutrition Education Standards.
In partnership with the Milwaukee County Department on Aging and other local senior centers, WNEP provides nutrition education for older adults on eating foods with less sugar, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, tips on menu planning, and shopping for one or two on a budget. For information on the nutritional needs of seniors, take a look at the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and NIH Senior Health. Please click here for further information on WNEP programs for seniors.
Parents and Daycare Providers
In partnership with a variety of community partners, WNEP provides nutrition education to parents and daycare providers. Topics taught are choosing foods with less sugar, shopping on a budget, increasing fruits and vegetables, preparing quick, healthy meals, and food safety and proper sanitation.
And Many More!
WNEP works with many other community partners like SDC Head Start, Children’s Outing Association, Milwaukee County WIC, Second Harvest, Hunger Task Force, and Milwaukee County Corrections providing nutrition lessons on topics such as feeding young children, healthier snacking, purchasing nutritious foods, preparing foods in healthier ways, and eating a variety of nutritious foods every day.
If you have additional questions about the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program, please submit an interest form or contact one the member of our staff. For a list of all nutrition education staff, visit the Staff Contacts page.
WNEP Programming Highlights
- The UW Extension’s Education Nutrition Program (WNEP) in Milwaukee County is collaborating with 4-C for Children. The nonprofit agency provides training for existing and new child care providers and is recognized as a leader in the field of early education. WNEP offers nutrition training to local child care providers who receive 8 hours of Continuing Education credits after completing an 8-week program.
These child care providers completed Eating Smart, Being Active on February 24th. We are so proud of their participation. At graduation, the participants were asked to complete Extension’s “Value Card” to share what they learned and what the training meant to them. We wanted to share their feedback on how important and valuable Nutrition Education Programing is to our community.
“[The training] helped me understand the value of nutrition, and how to cook and eat better…, and how to prepare healthy meals for my daycare and my loved ones.” – Kim
“I learned how to eat healthier and not over spend when grocery shopping…[and] the importance of not eating too much salt and processed meats.” – Xcynthia
“I now check the ingredients for less salt, fat, and sugar” – Willie
“I can mix almost any kind of food together to make a healthy meal, especially when I read the food labels and look for lower salt and fat.” – Pamela
For more information on the WNEP, please contact Francie Szostak at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Read our news release about WNEP nutrition education laying the groundwork for healthy lifestyles in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood.
WNEP programming is supported by the USDA, FoodShare Wisconsin, UW- Extension, and local partners.
To learn more about our federal funders, please visit these sites:http://www.csrees.usda.gov/nea/food/efnep/efnep.html
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ , and http://www.choosemyplate.gov.
Want some more nutrition information? Here are some links to help you out.
- In a recipe rut? Click here for a data base of healthy and tasty recipes – https://www.whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/search/solr-results
- Follow us on Facebook for more nutrition information and local happenings! – https://www.facebook.com/MilwaukeeCountyWNEP/
- Find a local farmers market – https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets
- Easy ways to get physical activity in every day! – http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/get-active/getting-active.htm
- Top 10 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Healthy Cooking and Shopping (New link)