Greater Richmond Family Nutrition Program

Greater Richmond Family Nutrition Program We offer free trainings to teach Virginia youth to Eat Smart & Move More & collaborate with communities to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.

The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping. FNP offers programming across the state and our reach is expanded with the help of volunteers. The Family Nutrition Program is offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Learn more about Virginia Cooperative Extension by visiting their website: www.ext.vt.edu Our funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to offer the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Virginia. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) was founded in 1974 to teach limited-resource families with young children the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors required for choosing a nutritious diet, helping to improve the nutritional well-being of the whole family. Program participants gain the ability and confidence to make informed choices about eating healthy on a limited budget and to become more self-sufficient. More information about EFNEP can be found on NIFA's website: www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/food/efnep/efnep.html Virginia implemented their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education (SNAP-Ed) program in 1998. SNAP-Ed is the educational outreach division of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). SNAP-Ed's goal is to help limited-resource families choose healthy foods within a limited budget that meet the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA's MyPlate food guidance and to live physically active lives. By helping program participants improve their diet and physical activity levels, SNAP-Ed aims to prevent chronic diseases, including obesity. More information about SNAP-Ed can be found on FNS's website: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/national-snap-ed

Mission: The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping.

Banana Berry Smoothie is a great hot weather treat that's healthy enough to eat for breakfast! What's your favorite smoo...
06/26/2019
Banana Berry Smoothie | Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Banana Berry Smoothie is a great hot weather treat that's healthy enough to eat for breakfast! What's your favorite smoothie flavor?

Banana Berry Smoothie is perfect for a yummy breakfast on the go, or an afternoon snack for the kids after school. Try it at home.

The 10,000 steps per day recommendation isn't actually based on science (it was just a marketing message). A recent stud...
06/23/2019
10,000 Steps A Day? How Many You Really Need To Boost Longevity

The 10,000 steps per day recommendation isn't actually based on science (it was just a marketing message). A recent study found older women who took 4,400-7,500 steps per day lived longer than less active women. Most people can hit this level of activity by walking about 2.5 miles or for at least 40 minutes. Do you track your step count? #MoveMore

Walking every day has been shown again and again to be important for staying healthy as you age. But how much do you need to walk to promote a long life?

Eggs are a low-cost protein food that can be prepared in many different ways. Follow these tips to make sure you cook th...
06/22/2019
Egg Safety Every Step of the Way

Eggs are a low-cost protein food that can be prepared in many different ways. Follow these tips to make sure you cook them safely! #FoodSafety

About 142,000 illnesses are caused by eating contaminated eggs. Prevent egg-related food poisoning by safely buying, storing and cooking eggs.

Does your local farmers market accept or match SNAP? Our map lists all the markets across the state that accept SNAP (bl...
06/21/2019
Farmers Markets | Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Does your local farmers market accept or match SNAP? Our map lists all the markets across the state that accept SNAP (blue pins) or match SNAP funds (orange pins).

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry. The state of Virginia has nearly 45,000 farms, and they’re the most diverse in the country. You can purchase Virginia products in many grocery stores. You can also purchase produce at farmers markets throughout the state directly from the farmers thems...

MyPlate recommends limiting added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. This study highlights that we should also be choosi...
06/16/2019
It's Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Study Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain

MyPlate recommends limiting added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. This study highlights that we should also be choosing more whole, minimally processed foods, too. The best way to cut back on highly processed foods is to cook more from scratch. Our classes can help you eat smart and learn the basics of cooking. Contact us to find a program in your area!

"Landmark" study finds a highly processed diet spurred people to overeat compared with an unprocessed diet, about 500 extra calories a day. That suggests something about processing itself is at play.

Happy Fathers Day! Check out these ways dads can be a role model for eating smart. How do you help your family live a he...
06/16/2019
5 Family Nutrition Tips for Dads

Happy Fathers Day! Check out these ways dads can be a role model for eating smart. How do you help your family live a healthy lifestyle?

For years, moms have been the unofficial point person in the kitchen, but, today, many dads are getting in on the action too.

All home cooks should know how to prepare dry beans. Save for future reference!
06/15/2019
The Traditional Four-Step Method - Bean Institute

All home cooks should know how to prepare dry beans. Save for future reference!

Dry beans are an incredibly nutritious, versatile and inexpensive ingredient. The cost of one ½ cup serving of dry beans is about one-third the cost of canned beans. Cooking with dry beans is easy and rewarding, but to cook with dry beans versus canned beans you need to follow four…

In honor of World Food Safety Day, read these tips for keeping germs away from your farmers market purchases. http://ow....
06/07/2019
Safely Navigate the Farmers Market

In honor of World Food Safety Day, read these tips for keeping germs away from your farmers market purchases. http://ow.ly/EmCZ30oU3wt #FoodSafety #ESMMatFM

Follow these guidelines to reduce the risk of bringing home a case of food poisoning from the farmers market.

06/06/2019

MyPlate recommends 3 servings of low-fat or nonfat dairy a day. http://ow.ly/bLam30oTHqN What are your favorite dairy foods?

Waldorf Salad is a unique fruit salad that includes a little bit of sweet and a little bit of savory ingredients. Try it...
05/22/2019
Waldorf Salad | Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Waldorf Salad is a unique fruit salad that includes a little bit of sweet and a little bit of savory ingredients. Try it at home.

Waldorf Salad is a tasty mix of fruits, vegetables, protein, and dairy. Try this healthy recipe at home and see for yourself.

Stuck in a dinner rut? Use your muffin tin to remix your family favorites with ingredients in your #BetterPantry! http:/...
05/16/2019
Build Your Own Dinner in a Cup | Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Stuck in a dinner rut? Use your muffin tin to remix your family favorites with ingredients in your #BetterPantry! http://ow.ly/wIl050ufvpz

Stuck in a dinner rut? Use your muffin tin to remix your family favorites! Dinner cups make meals kid friendly, perfectly portioned, and easy to take on the go. The best part? No recipe needed! If your family loves Chicken Broccoli Rice Dinner, remix the flavors by combining shredded chicken, brocco...

Eggplant Ratatouille is an easy dish full of tasty vegetables. Pair with pasta for a chunky sauce in place of the usual ...
05/15/2019
Eggplant Ratatouille | Eat Smart, Move More | Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Eggplant Ratatouille is an easy dish full of tasty vegetables. Pair with pasta for a chunky sauce in place of the usual tomato sauce. You can even add a can of chickpeas or cannellini beans for more protein. Yum!

Eggplant Ratatouille is a delicious vegetarian dish that includes a variety of vegetables. Try it at home.

Protein is the basic material our bodies are made of, arranged into many different forms with many different functions. ...
05/09/2019
Nutrition Basics of Protein | Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Protein is the basic material our bodies are made of, arranged into many different forms with many different functions. http://ow.ly/NZJV30oGWDm Do you have any questions about protein, what it does in the body or how it fits into your diet?

In our previous post about the 6 Basic Nutrients, we gave a short description of the macronutrient protein. Today, we’ll go into more detail about protein, its functions in the body, sources of protein, and some information about different diets that focus on protein intake. Protein Recommendation...

Happy Mediterranean Diet Month! The Mediterranean Diet is one of the world's healthiest diets, full of fruits, vegetable...
05/04/2019
Mediterranean Lifestyle: Tips for Bringing Joy Back to the Kitchen

Happy Mediterranean Diet Month! The Mediterranean Diet is one of the world's healthiest diets, full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, heart-healthy fish and oils. In the spirit of the Mediterranean Diet, share these tips for making cooking more fun and less stressful: http://ow.ly/MyND30oCYZv

It seems fitting that May is Mediterranean Diet Month: Springtime is a time for celebrations, and the Mediterranean-style eating pattern focuses so much on celebrating food and enjoying meals in the company of others. This lifestyle may be just as important for enjoying the many health benefits of ...

How to use Pinterest for meal planning with tips to personalize the process for your own use. http://ow.ly/LLZ430oCnYZ H...
05/02/2019
Meal Planning with Pinterest | Virginia Family Nutrition Program

How to use Pinterest for meal planning with tips to personalize the process for your own use. http://ow.ly/LLZ430oCnYZ How do you normally meal plan, if at all?

Did you know that FNP has a Pinterest page? We have a lot of useful resources on our boards to help you eat smart and move more for better health. And like any good Pinterest page, we have recipes! I personally love using Pinterest to find new recipe ideas and have created a meal planning... Read mo...

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6807 Mimms Loop PO Box 146
Chesterfield, VA
23832

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This page is a resource for volunteers with the Family Nutrition Program to keep informed about healthy eating tips, recipes, physical activity advice, grocery shopping on a budget, good food safety practices and much more. We will also showcase policy, systems, and environmental initiatives that help support SNAP-eligible populations make healthy food and activity choices. We are here to help you. Feel free to ask questions or share our posts with your friends and family. Our Comment Policy asks that you treat this page and it's followers with respect. Comments will be deleted by moderators if they are determined to be profane, offensive, spam, personal attacks on others, or otherwise deemed inappropriate. Repeat offenders of the Comment Policy will result in the user being blocked. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material is funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP which provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact your county or city Department of Social Services or to locate your county office call toll-free: 1-800-552-3431 (M-F 8:15-5:00, except holidays). By calling your local DSS office, you can get other useful information about services. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.

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