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The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping. The Family Nutrition Program is offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Our funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to offer the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Virginia.
OrganWise Guys is a fun, interactive, evidence-based program for grades K-2. Using puppets of different internal organs, kids learn about how what we eat and how we move affect our bodies, empowering kids to be "smart from the inside out."
As a bonus for the teachers who work with us, OrganWise Guys adheres to the Virginia Standards of Learning while helping to reduce childhood obesity. In Virginia, 9,000 children learned about healthy living from the OrganWise Guys program last year.
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