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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Memorial Day: More than a Monday Holiday?

For many, Memorial Day simply signifies the start of the summer season with a three-day weekend. But for many others, it is a time to pause and remember the service members who have served and died in our country’s Armed Forces.

What does our current military look like? According to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) 2014 Demographics: Profile of the Military Community Report, Minnesota is home to 466 Active Duty Service members and 18,852 Selected Reserve members (National Guard & Reserve). On a national level, there are 2.1 million Active Duty and Selected Reserve members. Just over half (55 percent) of Active Duty and 45 percent of Selected Reserve military members are married. Nationally, service members have 2.9 million family members, including spouses, children, and adult dependents.

U of M Extension Center for Family Development Receives Nearly $1 Million NIFA Grant to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Youth

A University of Minnesota Extension project led by Family Development staff received nearly $1 million in new grant funding from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to improve the health of our nation’s children.

The Latino Fathers Promoting Healthy Youth Behaviors project aims to prevent obesity among Latino adolescents by engaging families, especially fathers or other male caregivers in the household (foster parents, uncles, grandparents, or older brothers), and their child (10–14 years) in a prevention program. The multidisciplinary team working on this project includes faculty from several different departments at the University; Extension educators from Health and Nutrition, Family Relations, and Family Resource Management; SNAP-Ed educators; and Latino community leaders.

SNAP-Ed Educator Receives Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award

SNAP-Ed Educator Lorelei Schelhaas was awarded the 2016 Dean’s Distinguished Nutrition Educator Award May 19 at the Extension Staff Conference. Lorelei is located in the Pipestone County office in southwest Minnesota and has been teaching nutrition with Extension since 2001. “Lorelei has embraced the SNAP-Ed vision and works every day to make an impact in the lives of those she works with,” says SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator Bonnie Christiansen, who nominated Lorelei for the award.

Latino Financial Literacy Newsletter Now Available

The May-June issue of the Latino Financial Literacy Program newsletter is now available. In this issue, you will find the following articles:
You can click on a link above to access the individual article, or you can see the entire issue of the newsletter in English or Spanish.

This newsletter is made possible by:
  • Antonio Alba Meraz, Extension Educator
  • Silvia Alvarez da Davilla, Extension Educator
  • Sara Croymans, Extension Educator
  • Milena Nunez Garcia, SNAP-Ed Educator
  • Jose Lamas, Community Program Associate
  • Jessica Barnes, Communications Associate
  • Mary Vitcenda, Senior Editor
  • Heather Lee, Educational Resource Development & Support Manager
The most recent edition of the Latino Financial Literacy newsletter in both English and Spanish can be accessed on the Latino Financial Literacy Team page.

Jessica Barnes
Communications Associate

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Urban Family Development: A Year of Growth

Earlier in the year, the national Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) unveiled their 2016 Goals and Ongoing Priorities. One of the five strategic goals is urban programming, stating, “While maintaining rural presence, [Extension will] provide support for A National Framework for Urban Extension.” (For more on that framework, see the National Urban Extension Leaders Action Plan.)

Interestingly (but not surprisingly, as our center is filled with overachievers), we began to lay the groundwork for bolstering our urban programming back in May 2015! It started with Associate Dean Karen Shirer naming a director of urban family development, but more importantly, encouraging FD leadership to take the reins, to say "yes, and," to go forth and do. In 2015, we focused urban programming efforts on our largest program area, Health and Nutrition (H&N). Here’s just some of what has happened since May 2015.

Social Marketing Campaign to Sweep the State

Direct education and policy, systems, and environment work are at the core of SNAP Education. In addition to the program’s traditional individual or group-based classes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) expects states to incorporate into their SNAP-Ed plans at least one other broad-based approach to nutrition education. A multilevel approach is encouraged in order to reach a larger segment of the SNAP-eligible population.

One way that FNS suggests achieving this goal is through social marketing campaigns. The implementation of targeted social marketing campaigns offers an opportunity to transform our current efforts into more innovative and potentially more effective approaches to program delivery.

So what is social marketing?
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