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Private donor helps Virginia Family Nutrition Program give cookware to families in need

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Family Nutrition Program participants learn healthy living strategies including healthy cooking, physical activity, and thrifty food shopping.

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program recently launched a new pilot program called Let’s Get Cookin’. The program, taught by Family Nutrition Program Assistants in northern Virginia, focuses on healthy living strategies including healthy cooking, physical activity, and thrifty food shopping. At the end of each program series, participants who complete the entire course will receive a cookware set.

This initiative began in August 2016, when the Family Nutrition Program received a call from a private donor who wanted to contribute to the program. Since the Family Nutrition Program works with limited-resource families and SNAP recipients, the donor suggested giving cookware sets as an incentive to participants who completed the programs.

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Students experience community nutrition while serving as FNP summer interns

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2016 Family Nutrition Program Interns

The Family Nutrition Program welcomes 12 students from Virginia Tech’s Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise into its internship program this summer.

This program serves as a partnership between the Family Nutrition Program and the HNFE department. This internship provides students with real-life experience that is related to their studies.

“It really benefits HNFE since it gives students a chance to experience real-world community nutrition,” said Lynn Margheim, a trainer for Virginia FNP. “The students not only get to participate in delivering nutrition education, they’re also learning about government food programs and accountability, and they’re putting the food safety skills they’ve learned into practice.”

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Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages physical activity through Move More, Virginia! campaign

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program is excited to announce free resources to help Virginians participate in the Move More, Virginia! campaign.

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program is excited to announce free resources to help Virginians participate in the Move More, Virginia! campaign.

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program, in collaboration with the Physical Activity Research and Community Implementation Laboratory of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, is excited to announce the availability of free video resources to help Virginians meet the physical activity recommendations of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The video resources are part of an initiative to help Virginians exercise by providing free video resources that make exercising at home more enjoyable and safe and is part of the Move More, Virginia! campaign.

The collection of exercise videos and online resources being offered to citizens of the commonwealth were developed by certified group fitness instructors and behavioral scientists, and features three levels of intensity. The videos are upbeat, easy to follow, and offer a range of workout style options. Ranging from 10 to 30 minutes, they are ideal for mixing and matching resources to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans’ recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.

The workouts are based on feedback from program assistants and volunteers and work for all fitness levels, with beginner, intermediate, and advanced options in each workout. The resources will offer a variety of workouts, including flexibility exercises, full body workouts, high intensity interval training, resistance band routines, core workouts, and even family-oriented exercises.

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Extension raises food insecurity awareness

Sept. 14, 2015 – Editor’s note: On Sept. 16, Extension will host a ‘”tabling event” at the Blacksburg Farmers Market from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for challenge participants. This story was updated to correct the date.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 11, 2015 – In honor of Hunger Action Month, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program and the Blacksburg Farmers Market have partnered to host the 2015 Farmers Market Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Challenge from Sept. 13 -19.

Typically, the SNAP challenge encourages participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing food insecurity by committing to eating all of their meals on a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant – $32 for seven days, or $4.50 a day per person.

During the Farmers Market SNAP Challenge participants will have the option to budget more money – up to $52 for seven days, or $7.40 a day per person –  if they spend at least $10 at the market twice during the seven-day challenge.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide nutrition education as part of project to fight hunger

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 6, 2015 – Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program will provide nutrition education as part of an $8.8 million demonstration project to be conducted in schools with high poverty rates in Richmond and Southwest Virginia to reduce childhood hunger among low-income families.

Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will spearhead the Virginia Hunger-Free Kids Act Demonstration Project. McAuliffe has dedicated her time and energy to eliminating childhood hunger and improving access to fresh, Virginia-grown agricultural products.

“This project is about breaking down the barriers that separate hungry children and families from the good food they need,” McAuliffe said in a news release. “We will build on successful local and regional efforts and pilot innovative models for reducing hunger and food insecurity.”

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