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Extension SNAP-Ed making strides in addressing Ohio’s nutrition issues

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three years ago, one of Ohio State University Extension’s community nutrition programs started making a special effort to expand its reach to children and teens.By any measure, the effort has been a wild success.Known as SNAP-Ed, it’s the nutrition education program for recipients of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, and for other low-income Ohioans. Ohio SNAP-Ed has always had a youth component, but in 2012, before the expansion began, it reached just 18,443 children and teens, said Pat Bebo, director of Community Nutrition for OSU Extension.Compare that to the number reached during the 2015 federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30: 171,229. That’s an increase of 927% over 2012. The program grew primarily by expanding its involvement with schools with a significant low-income population — those that have 50% or more students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.“For the most part, schools are very receptive. They’re very interested in providing this information for their students,” said Bebo, who is also interim assistant director in charge of OSU Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences program.SNAP-Ed also works with libraries, preschools, childcare centers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program  — “anywhere children are” — to provide nutrition programming, she said. Helping young people make healthy food choices can have a long-lasting benefit and generate a ripple effect for the entire family, Bebo said.“Prior to coming to Ohio, when I was in Massachusetts, we did an evaluation of parents of children who participated in our SNAP-Ed programs,” Bebo said. “It showed that children were change agents for the family.“When children come home and say, ‘Let’s have water with dinner because soda is not the best choice,’ or ‘Let’s have vegetables with each meal,’ parents pay attention. If children say they want a healthier cereal with whole grains instead of the cereal with high sugar content, parents will buy that healthier cereal.“Often what it takes is educating the child on what the difference is, and why certain options are better for them. And they’ll choose it. It’s a simple thing. They’re willing to learn anything.“Children really can help the whole family change behaviors, which is one of the reasons why we really put an emphasis on reaching them.”Bebo provides leadership for Extension’s county-based community nutrition programs, which include SNAP-Ed and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Designed for low-income consumers, the federally funded programs focus on helping people choose higher quality, nutritionally dense foods and include other aspects of healthy living, including food safety and physical activity.In 2015, SNAP-Ed, which is offered in 69 Ohio counties, also reached 40,766 adult participants. In addition, EFNEP, which is offered in 19 Ohio counties and is specifically geared for low-income families with children, reached 3,767 adults and 10,766 youths.“These are probably the best-evaluated nutrition education programs around,” Bebo said. “Year after year, we see that people who participate increase their intake of fruits and vegetables and increase their food safety behaviors. It’s significant.”Bebo related a story from Scioto County, where SNAP-Ed program assistants included taste-testing of mangoes in both their adult and school programs in September as a way to encourage eating a wider variety of produce.The result? The produce manager at the local grocery store had trouble keeping mangoes in stock.“He wasn’t sure what was going on,” Bebo said. “This speaks to the impact of children learning what different fruits and vegetables taste like, and then turning around and influencing the family.Despite the nutrition programs’ positive impact on participants, the issue of hunger is more complex than many people realize. But it’s something Bebo considers daily.According to a USDA report released in September, 7.5% of Ohio households experienced “very low food security” from 2012 to 2014. That was an increase from Ohio’s 6.4% average from 2009 to 2011. And it’s worse than every state but Arkansas, Missouri and Maine. Nationwide, the prevalence of very low food security has held steady over the last few years at 5.6%.“Food insecurity” is the term used for households that face uncertainty or limited ability to provide enough food. As part of a team working on a special project for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the national organization of nutrition professionals, Bebo examined how registered dietitians could get engaged in community initiatives designed to help fight hunger.“We have all these supports,” Bebo said, including community gardens, food banks and food pantries, “healthy corner store” programs, farmers market programs that help stretch SNAP benefit dollars, and educational programs such as those Bebo oversees.“But even with all these programs, individual food insecurity isn’t getting better,” Bebo said. “When a family goes to a food pantry, we’re plugging a hole.“It helps — significantly — but it doesn’t get to the reason why people are food insecure.” What’s needed, Bebo said, is additional research on the underlying issues of food insecurity.Bebo believes substantive behavior changes take place when messages are reinforced in many different ways.“We can’t solve these issues in a silo,” she said.When children hear a nutrition message in a SNAP-Ed program, are presented with healthier choices in school meals, and see more whole-grain breakfast cereals advertised on television, the combination makes a difference.“When you put messages in front of people in different ways, you will influence them to change.”OSU Extension’s Community Nutrition programs are continually improving, Bebo said, trying new ways to reach target audiences. They are part of the larger support system addressing food insecurity, but Bebo wants to continue to work on the underlying issues that remain elusive.“There absolutely has to be that safety net. It’s critically important for people to have that support and have ways they can provide nutritious food for their families,” she said.“But what are we not following through on? Are we missing something that would make a foundational difference?“I think the conversation we need to have has to be oriented around policy and culture, and we have to tease out the sociological and psychological components. It’s a very complicated issue and we need to learn to understand it so we can target interventions that truly will address a family’s food security.”last_img read more

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National Institute of Technology (NIT), Uttarakhand invites application for recruitment for various posts

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first_imgThe National Institute of Technology (NIT), Uttarakhand, has invited applications for recruitment for its various non-teaching posts. The NIT, Uttarakhand is one among the ten newly sanctioned NITs in 2009 by government of India under the 11th Five-Year Plan. The institute is fully funded by government of India under the ministry of human resource development. Presently, NIT Uttarakhand is carrying out its activities from its temporary campus at Government Polytechnic, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand.  VacanciesName of the posts:SuperintendentSuperintendent (Accounts)Technical Assistant (Mechanical Engg.)Technical Assistant (Civil Engg.)Technical Assistant (Electrical Engg.)Technical Assistant (Electronics Engg.)Technical Assistant (Computer Science & Engg.)Technical Assistant (Library & Information Assistant)Technical Assistant (Students Activity & Sports Assistant)Junior Engineer (Electrical Engg.)Junior Engineer (Civil Engg.)NurseStenographerJunior AssistantTechnician (Civil Engg.)Technician (Computer Science & Engg.)Technician (Mechanical)Technician (Library)Pay Scale: The salary pay scale offered by NITUK Uttarakhand is Rs 5200 to 20200 with grade pay Rs 2000 per month.Eligibility CriteriaAge Limit: The maximum age of the candidate should be 27 years and minimum should be 18 years. Age relaxation will be applicable for all categories.Educational Qualification: Applicants must possess class I Bachelor’s Degree/Master degree/Class X with 60 per cent or its equivalent.Selection Procedure: An interview, skill test and a written test would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply: Interested candidates can apply in prescribed application, which may be downloaded along with details of posts, qualifications, experiences and general conditions from official website. Applications complete in all respects including self-attested copies and documents should reach the Director, National Institute of Technology, Uttarakhand.Important Dates: The last date for submission of application is September 17, 2014.advertisementlast_img read more

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GA-CRZ-CENTRE

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first_imgGoa govt gives nod to Centre’s draft CRZ notification 2018Panaji, Jul 2 (PTI) The Goa government has given itsnod to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and ClimateChange’s draft Coastal Regulation Zone notification 2018.The state’s nod came in a communication addressed tothe Union ministry by Environment Director of Goa, Ravi Jha,on June 29.Jha, in his communication to MoEFCC Director ArvindNautiyal, stated that the Goa government, after consultingstakeholders, wanted traditional economic activities, existingin notified CRZ areas for generations, to continue.The Goa government also urged the Centre to allow theerection of temporary structures like shacks and huts onbeaches as well as promotional activities like weddings andmusic festivals in the inter-tidal zone, something currentlyprohibited.Jha, in his communication said that since the 2018draft supersedes the earlier 2011 notification, it wasnecessary to include temporary structures, erected in themonths from September to May, as permissible activity in CRZIB, IIA and B and III A and B zones in the new draftnotification.The Goa government further said that the list ofpermissible activities under CRZ should include water sports,beach weddings, music festivals etc.It also sought relaxation of norms to set uplifeguard towers, police booths, public amenities and wastetreatment facilities in these areas.The communication also stressed that construction andreconstruction of dwellings of bonafide citizens be permittedin these areas as per local Town and Country Planning rules.While fishing groups, like the National FisherworkersForum, have opposed the CRZ notification draft claiming thatit fails to uphold the rights of traditional fishermen, NGOshave opposed it for reducing the CRZ area, measured from HighTide Line (HTL), from the current 200 metres to just 50metres.advertisementThe Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changehad uploaded the draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ)Notification, 2018 on its website on April 18, 2018 seekingcomments from the public within 60 days. PTI RPSBNM BNM BNMlast_img read more

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