- Author: Evelyn Morales
Fresno and Madera Counties' UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program has a long-standing partnership with the Fresno State Dietetic Internship Program. This blog post is part of our Intern Reflections Series.
The past two weeks at UC Cooperative Extension were really enlightening for me about the nutrition content that is taught in schools and for adults. I was given the opportunity to help team teach a few classes over the two weeks. The first class I taught was very brief, but still was a good experience. The classes that I taught allowed me more time to teach and speak on the topics, which made me quite apprehensive at first. Once I finished teaching the class, I felt great, like the information I taught was detailed and understandable for the participants. Going into the final class, I was no longer nervous at all and I just had fun while teaching. By teaching multiple classes with different content, it helped me come out of my comfort zone and it showed me that I do not have to be nervous about teaching.
During my time at UC Cooperative Extension I also got to work on a Nutrition Corner. The theme that I was given was fall and my display board is titled “Fall Into Nutrition.” Completing the Nutrition Corner definitely made me become more creative in how I presented the nutrition information, and I had a lot of fun creating the board. I can't wait to see where my Nutrition Corner board goes!
Overall, the experience at UC Cooperative Extension was really great. It allowed me to experience a lot of different things and see how we get nutrition education out to children and adults.
- Author: Ashley Elisabeth Abrahamson
Although the majority of the United States population consumes three meals a day, 40 to 50 percent also consume two to three snacks a day and about one-third consume four or more snacks a day. As outlined in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eating an appropriate mix of foods (including vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, protein foods, and oils) is important to promote good health. On Healthy Snack Day, attendees were reminded that healthy eating patterns can be achieved by making small changes in food choices, including healthy snacking, over the course of a week, a day, or even a meal.
In partnership with Champions for Change Statewide Day of Action, UC CalFresh educators Ashley Abrahamson, Angelica Perez, Elizabeth Lopez, and Ruth Salazar hosted a Healthy Snack Day Event at Madera Housing Authority's community center on August 29th. At this event, the community was invited to learn about incorporating healthy MyPlate foods as everyday snacks. Participants were encouraged to try easy and healthy hummus and veggies, and given the recipe to make at home. Participants were also given a recipe wheel that can be used to find a quick and easy snack recipes based on different cravings - such as savory, sweet, and spicy. You can find the personal recipe finder here. The event also included a C.A.T.C.H. activity obstacle course for children to compete in.
Overall, Healthy Snack Day was a fun educational event that shared helpful information about making snacks healthier. The community was encouraged to incorporate the MyPlate into meals and snacks, as well as create opportunities for daily physical activity.