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Published in the Daily Oklahoman: May 18, 2010

Nutrition program aims to educate food stamp recipients

In Oklahoma, 14 percent of all residents and more than 25 percent of all children receive some kind of food stamp aid. Recent studies show a link between receiving food stamps and obesity in women. That’s one reason the state cooperative extension service’s Community Nutrition Education Programs has been working to make sure Oklahomans receiving food subsidies have the education they need to make healthy nutrition decisions.

The programs work with youths, adults and seniors to teach basic nutrition skills, but they also help adults and seniors learn to stretch their food dollars so their families will have adequate food and nutrition every day of the month.

"Learning to shop at local supermarkets is an important component of CNEP Education,” said Christi Evans, an area coordinator for the program. "

Traditionally, food subsidies are only delivered once a month, which means that families can easily run out of food if they don’t plan for the upcoming weeks or spend too much on foods that must be consumed immediately.”

This "feast or famine” type of diet can affect a person’s metabolism, which can affect weight, Evans said. In the Oklahoma City area, the nutrition programs are offered at senior nutrition centers, area schools and outreach programs, Department of Human Services locations and GED programs, as well as other sites across Oklahoma, Cleveland and Grady counties.

For more information, call Christi Evans at 713-1125.