Family Nutrition Program (FNP)

 

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is the Florida component of the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). It is a partnership between USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, Florida Department of Children and Families, UF/IFAS, and local County Extension Offices.
The goal of FNP is to provide residents (children, families and adults) of the various participating counties practical educational programs to make healthful food choices, balance food and physical activity, keep food safe to eat, and shop food on a budget. Programs can be conducted in either English or Spanish and there is no cost involve.

Structure of the Family Nutrition Program


Florida FNP Extension staff provides leadership and coordination to the Family Nutrition Program at the county level. FNP Extension staff in Osceola County office is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program based on the community needs identified by the overall advisory county Extension committee. The paraprofessional model, based on hiring local individuals to teach participants, is used by the FNP counties.
The FNP Coordinator hire, train and supervise the program assistants, deliver education programs, and complete program and budget reports.

Audience


The Family Nutrition Program target audience varies from county to county, it is based on priority needs and identified community resources. FNP works with families and children, teen parents, school-aged children, Head Start children and parents, the homeless, battered women, and anyone else who receives or is eligible for SNAP benefits.

FNP in Osceola County


Obesity rates among children and adults are escalating bringing with it, absenteeism and poor academic performance, health problems and increased medical cost. Unhealthy eating choices and following a sedentary lifestyle are two primary causes of obesity, which increase the risk of many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. According to the Florida Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set (CHARTS) in 2009 the obesity rate in Florida was 25.2% while in Osceola County 38.1% of adults were overweight and 24.4% were considered obese. Based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC 2002), the State-Level Estimated Annual Medical Costs of Obesity for Florida is $3,987,000. 29% of Osceola County residents have no health insurance meaning no preventative health care.

Every educational program use research based core curricula, “Youth Understanding MyPlate” - Y.U.M., “Show Me Nutrition”, and “Xtreme Cuisine” for children and “Eating Smart Being Active”, “Cooking Matters” and “Eat Healthy Be Active” for adults among others. Teaching strategies include direct teaching, group discussion, games, videos, handouts, posters, etc., and occasional food sampling.

The Family Nutrition Programs help reduce the risk of chronic disease, health complications, and food borne illness and increase food security among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients and/or eligible Florida residents. In addition, FNP can provide a combined Nutrition and Gardening educational program focusing on growing, harvesting and learning about school or community raised bed gardening using “The Great Garden Adventure” and “Dig In” curricula. To carry on this program, a commitment and a brief work plan is required by the school and/or organization that wants to put it into practice. FNP funding is occasionally available to get started on the raised bed vegetable gardens.

Teachers and Educators


County District Schools with a student population of 51% or more who receive free and/or reduced lunches, adults and families who are low to moderate income, food stamp eligible or food stamp recipients can participate.

Programs consist of a 6 lesson series with children/youth from Kindergarten to 8th grade (5 years to 14 years of age). Lessons identify and reinforce Florida Standards in different subjects such as English Language Arts, Science, Math, Health, and Physical Education (link to FL standards in YUM, one of the curriculum for children). At the end of the program, participants get a University of Florida Certificate of Completion.

Contact Information

Call Grisel Negron, FNP Coordinator at (321) 697-3000 or email gnegron@ufl.edu to find out more information and/or to schedule an educational program at a school and/or a community based organization, faith based organization or community setting.

Choose MyPlate


Grisel Negrón

Grisel Negrón

Family Nutrition
Program Coordinator
E-mail: gnegron@ufl.edu

Esther Oyola

Esther Oyola

FNP Program Assistant
E-mail: eoyola@ufl.edu

Evelyn Muñiz

Evelyn Muñiz

FNP Program Assistant
E-mail: evelynmuniz@ufl.edu

Ashley Avant

FNP Program Assistant
E-mail: aavant@ufl.edu

Mirian Nuñez

FNP Program Assistant
E-mail: mnunez38@ufl.edu


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