The Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program, or WNEP, known locally as the Racine Kenosha Nutrition Education Program, has a new name and logo: FoodWIse.

It will still provide the same service to Wisconsin residents: nutrition and food safety education, and food resource management knowledge and skills. One area of focus will be in parent education, where there will be more cooking demonstrations and tasting experiences in the interactive learning workshops.

FoodWIse, University of Wisconsin-Extension’s nutrition education program, is a federally funded effort that seeks to empower Wisconsin residents with limited incomes to make healthy choices to achieve healthy lives and reduce health disparities. Program funders include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

In 2016, Racine-Kenosha Nutrition educators reached more than 6,500 learners in the two-county area with tested educational strategies designed to help people choose healthy foods and active lifestyles. Local FoodWIse nutrition educators work with community partners such as county agencies, schools, food pantries, shelters and other people-serving organizations.

FoodWIse also offers parents of young children an eight-workshop series called “Eating Smart Being Active,” which has shown positive health behavior changes in families and improved parent-child feeding relationships while saving families money on their food budgets. To learn more about the program, call 262-635-6824, visit the state FoodWIse website at http://fyi.uwex.edu/foodwise or the Racine County UW-Extension at http://racine.uwex.edu.

Pesticide applicator training course

UW-Extension will be holding a training for Racine and Kenosha counties’ private pesticide applicators on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Kenosha County Center. Applicators whose certification is expiring or first-time applicators should register for the course or a self-study session if they intend to apply Restricted Use Pesticides on land they own or operate in Wisconsin.

Contact Racine County UW-Extension for registration information at 262-767-2905.

2016 Family Resource Directory available