November 23, 2016
Nutrition education program changes to meet needs of new audiences
FoodWIse is new name of Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program
A successful nutrition education program is getting a new name to make it relevant and accessible to more audiences.
FoodWIse, formerly known as the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program, or WNEP, has a long legacy of providing nutrition education to Wisconsin families and individuals with limited incomes. While the program remains strong, much has changed at the national, state and local level since it first began.
“We wanted to move away from an acronym that holds little meaning for program partners and our target audience,” says Amber Canto, the state coordinator for the program. “Our goal was to move closer to an action-oriented name that reflects our purpose and intended outcomes, as well as focus on a relevant digital presence.”
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, FoodWIse worked in 66 of 72 Wisconsin counties. FoodWIse employs a combination of tested educational strategies designed to help people choose healthy foods and active lifestyles.
FoodWIse nutrition educators work out of county Cooperative Extension offices and in collaboration with state and local partners.
To learn more, visit the FoodWIse website or contact the Extension Washington County office.
SNAP-Ed/FoodWIse is funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formally know as the Food Stamp Program), and is a partnership between state and county governments with local partner agencies. Hispanic Educational resources and updated research are also provided for area meal sites and pantries. This SNAP-Ed project also addresses local health concerns on overweight and obesity by maintaining an educational focus on balancing food intake and energy output, as well as participating in area coalitions. If you have any questions, please call Renee Vertin, FoodWIse Nutrition Coordinator at 262-335-4841.
“Learning to Eat Better for Less”
What is FoodWIse?
FoodWIse is an Extension nutrition education program that helps limited resource families and individuals:
- Choose healthful diets
- Purchase and prepare healthful food and handle it safely
- Become more food secure by planning for spending their food dollars, planning meals, and using thrifty food shopping practices
Who can participate?
Families or individuals who receive FoodShare Wisconsin (formerly known as food stamps), or who are eligible to receive FoodShare, can participate in FoodWIse programs.
What does FoodWIse Teach?
Programs targeted to limited resource individuals on the purchase and preparation of nutritious meals and snacks, food safety and food resource management to enhance food security.
FoodWIse can help participants learn how to:
- Purchase and prepare healthful meals and snacks based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate
- Keep food safe to eat
- Develop a spending and savings plan and live within that plan so food dollars will last through the month
For more information follow these links:
Local Nutrition Assistance Programs
For a referral to a pantry or meal program, please call Human Services Dept. 262-335-4610 during regular business hours. Please call 211 after regular business hours.
As of October 15, 2004 the name of the federal Food Stamp Program in Wisconsin has been changed to “FoodShare Wisconsin”. This essential food and nutrition program no longer uses “stamps” to deliver benefits to persons enrolled in the program. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides information on FoodShare Wisconsin. People who live in Wisconsin can check whether they are eligible for help through Wisconsin’s Support Service for Health , Nutrition and Childcare.
Renee Vertin, RDN, CD
FoodWIse Nutrition Coordinator (SNAP-Ed/FoodWIse)
B.S. Nutrition & Medical Dietetics-University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S. Insurance-Ferris State University
Master Food Preserver Volunteer
Extension Washington County
333 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
PO Box 2003
West Bend, WI 53095-2003