The Family Nutrition Education Program: Influencing Behaviour Change for Healthier Families

By Candance Gabel and Jo Britt-Rankin.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP) is a federally funded program that reaches limited resource audiences of all ages. It is a multifaceted program focusing on behaviour change and the adoption of habits that will improve health and quality of life. Lessons in the different curricula include nutrition, food preparation, and physical activity. Through evaluation and outcome, data participants improve in all areas. This presentation will highlight how physical activity is incorporated into nutrition and health lessons, and the outcome data proving it influences behaviour change. We use recommendations from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build materials and activities into our curriculum. All of our activities are age appropriate, based on the expertise and advisement of our youth development faculty and our nutrition and exercise physiology faculty. Activities include movement in classrooms, using pedometers, walking programs, strength training programs, and development and implementation of a physical activity pyramid.

Keywords: Improved Health, Quality of Life, Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Education, Behaviour Change, Multifaceted Program, Limited Resources, Adoption of Healthy Habits

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.79-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 252.685KB).

Assoc. Prof. Candance Gabel

Assistant Program Director for HES Extension, Associate State Nutrition Specialist, State Coordinator for the Family Nutrition Education Program, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension, Columbia, Missouri, USA

I’m a registered and licensed dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition. I’ve worked for MU Extension for twenty years. My career has focused on educating the community to adopt healthy behaviours, with the ultimate outcome being to prevent chronic disease and to maintain a quality life into old age. I’ve been the state coordinator for the Family Nutrition Education Program for the past nine years. The work we do collectively impacts lives of Missourians and is recognized at the national level.

Jo Britt-Rankin

Associate Dean of HES Extension, University of Missouri Extension, Columbia, Missouri, USA

I am the Associate Dean of HES Extension has worked for MU Extension for 19 years. My career has focused on providing leadership for program development and Administration of the Family Nutrition Program.