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
The 2016 Racine County Family Resource Directory and its companion brochure, Quick List: Resources for Families, are now available. The directory focuses on community resources for families with children under age 18.
Topics include abuse and neglect, child care, youth programs, mental health, crisis intervention, disability services, education, employment assistance, financial resources, food and nutrition, health, housing, legal, military and veterans, parenting, transportation, and utility assistance.
Racine County UW-Extension in collaboration with Racine County Human Services compiles the Directory and Quick List, which are available online at Racine County UW-Extension’s website, http://racine.uwex.edu.
Learning Series workshops
Parents, early care professionals, and caregivers of young children are invited to attend Early Learning Series workshops in 2017. “Thriving with Your Spirited Child” will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22; and will explore temperaments and strategies for working with different temperaments in children.
“Managing Challenging Behaviors” will be held on March 28; and will discuss strategies for addressing challenging behaviors in children.
“Connecting with Families” will take place on April 25; and will focus on relationships between early care providers and the families in their care.
All workshops are held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Ives Grove Office Complex, 14200 Washington Ave. Workshops are free for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children. For Early Care and Education Professionals who wish to earn Registry Credit, there is a small charge. Advance registration is required. For more information and registration deadlines, visit http://racine.uwex.edu.