During 2017, the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be highlighting our members and what they do as the ‘Nutrition Experts’ for our great state of Idaho. Today we are recognizing:
Steffanie Sandoval, RD, LD
Program Coordinator for the University of Idaho Extension Program – Eat Smart Idaho in Southern Idaho (District II)
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what do you do?
I am the Program Coordinator for the University of Idaho Extension Program – Eat Smart Idaho in Southern Idaho (District II). Our program offers nutrition education to limited resource individuals (adults and youth) who qualify for food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, meet 185% of the federal poverty guidelines, or etc. We also coordinate and assist with a variety of policy, systems, and environmental projects such as Long Live Idaho (healthy messaging campaign), Smarter Lunchrooms, and healthy food pantries. My role is to assist and support nutrition advisors, coordinate direct education activities, build and maintain agency partnerships, and etc.
What are the benefits you have seen from your services in the Idaho community?
Through our program, we have helped individuals and families utilize and stretch their food dollars to purchase healthful and nutritious foods through planning, budgeting, and identifying low cost food options. We help our participants understand why the different food groups are important, what impacts foods can have on their health, nutrition label reading, and how to make a balanced plate. When teaching youth classes, we do a variety of activities such as food safety and hand washing, think your drink, label reading, and making healthier fast food choices. We encourage youth in our classes to think about the foods they eat and try to get them to find healthier food options for more nutrition as they grow.
How can someone reach you to access your services?
Eat Smart Idaho classes are advertised on our webpage at http://www.uidaho.edu/extension/eat-smart-idaho . The webpage shows a current list of classes and topics being offered throughout Idaho. The webpage should be undergoing some updates soon and will include more recipes and videos. People and agencies who are interested in learning more about our program can contact eatsmart.uidaho.edu.
Thank you Steffanie for all that you do for our great state of Idaho!
To learn more about the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and how you can join, please visit eatrightidaho.org.
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