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WVU Family Nutrition Program

What are the W.Va. Family Nutrition Programs (FNP)?

The Family Nutrition Program is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families,  youth, and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases.

Goals and Objectives:

FNP encourages the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors by:
  • Teaching nutrition education using the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines
  • Providing food demonstrations
  • Improving access and availability to local community resources
  • Helping participants to stretch their food dollars, plan menus and read food labels
  • Encouraging participants to devote more time to being physically active
  • Collaborating with state and local agencies to form the W.Va. Nutrition Network

Focus Audiences:

FNP targets limited resource adults living at or below 185% of the federal poverty level and youth at schools, groups or summer camps where more than 50% of participants are eligible for the free/reduced lunch program.

Program Delivery:

Each year, approximately 50 Nutrition Outreach Instructors, 50 County Extension Agents, and more than 2,000 volunteers contribute their time and expertise to carry out the Family Nutrition Programs in over 40 counties.

Programs range from the direct delivery of nutrition information to social marketing campaigns.

Cabell County Classes:

For more information about classes available in Cabell County, contact Kandi Messinger, Health Educator, at 304-526-8458.
  • Teen Cuisine
  • Eating Smart/Being Active
  • Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go
  • Neat (Nutrition Aimed at Toddlers)
  • Rethink Your Drink
  • School Gardens
  • Pop-up Markets