Family Nutrition Program (FNP)

Cooking Matters in Your Community

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, University of Florida/ IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences), and local Florida 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 involved.

Structure of the Family Nutrition Program

Audience

FNP in Osceola County

Cooking Matters in Your Community

Unhealthy eating choices and following a sedentary lifestyle are two primary causes of obesity, which increases the risk of many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients and/ or those who are eligible, can learn by participating in FNP how to make healthier food choices to reduce their risk of chronic diseases, health complications, and foodborne illnesses. Participants can also ascertain how to stretch food dollars or food resources.

Obesity rates among children and adults are escalating; bringing with it, absenteeism and poor academic performance, health problems and increased medical costs. According to the Florida Community Health Assessment Recourse 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 obese. Based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC 2002), the State-Level Estimated Annual Medical Costs of Obesity of Florida is $3,987,000. Twenty-nine percent of Osceola County residents have no health insurance meaning, no preventative health care.

Every FNP educational program utilizes a research based curricula. Examples of these are; “Youth Understanding MyPlate” – Y.U.M. for children and “Eating Smart Being Active”, “Cooking Matters in Your Community”, and “Elder Nutrition and Food Safety” for adults. Teaching strategies include direct teaching, group discussions, games, videos, handouts, posters and occasional food sampling.

In addition, FNP works closely with the Osceola County Extension Horticulture Program to provide a combined Nutrition and Gardening educational program focusing on nutrition concepts and skills such as growing, harvesting and composting. Children and adults learn about school or community gardening using one of these curricula; “The Great Garden Detective”, “Gardening for Nutrition” or “Dig In”. To carry this specific combined program, a brief work plan and written commitment letter is required by the interested school and/or organization. FNP funding is occasionally available to help schools and/or community organizations/programs purchase gardening tools, soil and/or seedlings to get them started on a raised bed vegetable garden.

Teachers and Educators

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Bionet Pineiro-Ramirez

Family Nutrition Program Manager
E-mail: bionetpr@ufl.edu

Grisel Negrón

Grisel Negrón

Public Health Coordinator
E-mail: gnegron@ufl.edu

Mirian Nuñez

Mirian Nuñez

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

Esther Oyola

Esther Oyola

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

Ashley Avant

Ashley Avant

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

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Nelly Vazquez

Extension Program Assistant
E-mail: nellyvazquez1957@ufl.edu

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DeeAnn Diaczynsky

Office Assistant
E-mail: ddiaczynsky@ufl.edu

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