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Food & Nutrition

Nutrition is key for good health and preventing disease. The Extension Food and Nutrition Program provides practical education and information for families, youth and consumers. Our programs deliver hands-on education focusing on food selection, food preparation, meal planning, food safety, shopping skills and the latest research-based nutrition information. Dr. Carol Turner, Food & Nutrition Specialist

Dr. Carol Turner
Food & Nutrition Specialist

News: NMSU Extension teaches nutrition program to entire Chaparral Elementary student body

Date: 2012-04-17

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Every student at Chaparral Elementary School in Albuquerque proudly received a certificate from the kIdsCAN program this year. They are among the 2,000 students in Albuquerque and 15,200 students across the state this year who have completed the nutrition program from New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service nutrition educators.

"Usually only one or two teachers in a school will invite us to teach the Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN) program in their classrooms," said Donna Sauter, NMSU Extension home economist and Bernalillo County ICAN coordinator. "It was a real treat for the teachers and administration at Chaparral Elementary to see the value of teaching this program to all of the 731 students." Read more.

Programs

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Carol Turner, PhD, RD
New Mexico State University
Cooperative Extension Service
MSC 3AE, PO Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003

Phone: 575-646-3588
Fax: 575-646-1889
Email: caturner@nmsu.edu

ICAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition)

ICAN is a statewide program funded through USDA and NMSU. ICAN targets limited resource adults with practical hands-on education designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, increase physical activity and improve meal management skills.

kIdsCAN

kIdsCAN is the youth component of the ICAN program and targets youth primarily in schools, after school programs and Head Start.

OrganWise Guys

The OrganWise Guys Program is an evidence-based school health program that uses fun characters based on the organs of the body (such as Hardy Heart; Peri Stolic, the large intestine; and Sir Rebrum, the brain), coupled with high energy activities, to teach children how to make positive health, nutrition, and physical activity choices. The program, which includes teacher lesson plans, multimedia materials, and student activity books, addresses state standards and benchmarks. Funds are available for qualifying elementary schools in New Mexico to participate. If you are interested in the OrganWise Guys program for your school, please contact Lucinda Banegas-Carreon for more information. Funding is provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Mexico, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service.

Contact for the OrganWise Guys program:
Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, MPH
New Mexico State University
Cooperative Extension Service
MSC 3AE, PO Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: 575-646-2034
Fax: 575-646-1889
lubanega@nmsu.edu

Fit Families

Fit Families is a family-friendly, pediatric referral program. It is designed to help overweight children and their parents improve:

  • Healthy eating,
  • Physical activity,
  • Positive self-esteem, and
  • Goal-setting.

Over 600 participants have completed the Fit Families program in Dona Ana County since it began in 2004. Program evaluation shows it is successful in helping families adopt healthier habits. Families enjoy the classes, and many ask for more after graduating.

We are working to expand the Fit Families program to meet the needs of our community. Sessions are offered free of charge to all participants. Dinner and hands-on activities in nutrition, feeling positive, and physical activity are included. At least one parent or guardian must attend with children, but we encourage the whole family to participate.

This project is funded by the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and a grant from the NM Department of Health. General Mills has also supported many of our Fit Families series.

Contact for the Fit Families program:
Cassandra Vanderpool, MS, RD, LD
New Mexico State University
Cooperative Extension Service
MSC 3AE, PO Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: 575-646-4117
Fax: 575-646-1889
cvpool@nmsu.edu

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health)

CATCH is an evidence-based coordinated school health program that teaches children to identify, practice and adopt healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. It results from the largest school-based health promotion study ever funded in the United States and included more than 5,100 students with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Three of the four states involved in the study have demographics similar to those of New Mexico. Continued research shows that CATCH produces lasting changes in dietary and physical activity behaviors. External funding for New Mexico CATCH is provided by the NM Department of Health and NM Public Education Department. For more information on New Mexico CATCH or to view the CATCH application go to:

Current Locations: Bernalillo, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Dona Ana, Eddy, Harding, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Union

Contact for the CATCH program:
Cynthia Conine, Program Coordinator
New Mexico State University
Cooperative Extension Service
MSC 3AE, PO Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: 575-646-5087
Fax: 575-646-1889
cconine@nmsu.edu

County Programs

County home economists conduct a variety of food and nutrition programs designed to fit local needs.