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About Wisconsin Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program

FoodWIse (formerly WNEP) at Extension in Brown County helps limited resource families, and individuals at all stages of life, establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle to increase food security and prevent or postpone nutrition-related chronic disease.

The Extension Brown County FoodWIse program is funded by federal dollars from
SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education).

Key Behavioral Goals of FoodWIse:
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables; at least half your grains whole grains; and switch to fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.
  • As part of a healthy lifestyle, increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors.
  • Maintain appropriate calorie balance during each stage of life - childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and older age.
FoodWIse Activities use these three approaches:
  1. Individual and group-based nutrition education.
  2. Comprehensive, multi-level interventions at complementary organizational and intitutional levels.
  3. Community and public health approaches to improve nutrition.

What does FoodWIse teach?
The program helps parents, senior adults and children:
  • Purchase and prepare inexpensive, healthful meals and snacks based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate recommendations.
  • Use food dollars wisely through meal planning and thrifty food shopping practices.
  • Keep food safe to eat.
  • Increase physical activity as recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Who and where we teach
In School: We teach groups of children and youth in grades K-12, during the school day, including school-based programs for pregnant and parenting teens.

After School/Summer Programs: We teach groups of children and youth at after-school, summer school, parks, and community gardens programs .

Preschoolers & Parents: We teach preschool children at Headstart, pre-kindergarten, 4-year old Kindergarten, day care centers, public schools, and Family Resource Center play groups.

Adults: We teach parents at locations such as Family Resource Centers, WIC clinics, Job Centers, W-2 Programs, FoodShare offices, transitional living, shelters, food pantries, community gardens, and in their homes.

Seniors/Older Adults: We teach senior adults at senior dining sites and senior housing settings.

Who can participate in FoodWIse?
  • Families or individuals with children and limited incomes; or those who receive food stamps (FoodShare) or are eligible.
To find out more about FoodShare and other Nutrition, Health, and Childcare programs, go to:
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