Food Smart Families

University of Idaho Extension Selected to Pilot
“Food Smart Families” Program

healthy living
Idaho teens meet with Jennifer Sirangelo, CEO, National 4-H Council
The University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development program has been selected as one of five Extension programs in the nation to pilot “Food Smart Families”, a new nutrition and healthy living education program funded by the National 4-H Council in partnership with the ConAgra Foundation. The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of obesity among youth and adults. The $150,000 grant will allow UI Extension 4-H to reach 2,500 underserved, low-income, and at risk youth through ten hours of nutrition and healthy living education and five hours of community service. The grant provides funding for college interns to support program delivery.  In addition, 20 high school aged 4-Hers will serve as teen advocates for healthy living in their communities, helping younger children learn about nutrition, exercise and healthy behaviors.

Healthy living education will target knowledge and skill development in nutrition, food preparation, cooking, label reading, and price comparison to build smart shopping skills.  UI Extension will work with local 4-H programs, schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, and the YMCA to deliver the program through day camps, after-school classes, and workshops.  Communities will host family events at the end of the class sessions.  The pilot project runs from mid-February through October 31, 2014.