Health and Nutrition Education
St. Louis County offers a variety of resources in regards to health and nutrition. The Simply Good Eating nutrition program is detailed below. For information regarding food safety, canning, and other educational resources click here:
Food Safety and Food Preservation Resources and Information
Simply Good Eating
The mission of Simply Good Eating is to provide nutrition and financial management education to persons with limited resources, so they can increase their ability to make wise use of their food resources, and so they can increase control of their lives and contribute to stronger, healthier communities.
University of Minnesota Extension offers Simply Good Eating to teach families the information and skills to maintain healthy diets.
Simply Good Eating builds upon existing, successful programs funded by the USDA such as FSNE (Food Stamp Nutrition Education) and EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program). The programs provide lessons and services that make participation easy and appealing.
The curriculum covers topics such as the importance of eating breakfast, eating balanced meals, stretching food dollars, and making meals with whatever food is on hand. Simply Good Eating provides lessons, displays, newsletters, handouts, and other activities designed for a variety of audiences - parents, children, seniors, young families, and ethnically diverse audiences. The programs take into account variables such as age, culture, reading ability, physical or developmental limitations, and more.
Simply Good Eating classes are offered in a wide variety of community settings, including food shelves, WIC clinics, senior citizen centers, summer camps, and low-income housing. The program staff are willing to go to almost any site accessible to people who want and need the information. In many cases, Simply Good Eating also offers one-on-one, hands-on coaching in people's homes, showing families how to plan and prepare meals on a limited budget.
More than thirty years of University experience with low-income nutrition education and research has demonstrated that families who learn how to manage their diet and food budgets often begin taking charge of other aspects of their lives. For many families, Simply Good Eating will provide an important first step on the road to self sufficiency.
For information on Simply Good Eating classes contact your local Extension office:
Duluth: 218-733-2870 or Virginia: 218-749-7120.