What is Community Development?
It is so nice to see how engaged each student is during the CATCH lessons. They look forward to the new physical activity or healthy snack each week. The hands-on approach that JJ uses during the lessons, works well with all of the students.”
In Purdue Extension-Lawrence County, "Community Development" is a collective term for bigger and better things happening in our community. When referring to said term, you should think of our amazing Nutrition Education/SNAP-Ed and Community Wellness programs.
Nutrition Education/SNAP-Ed is a research-based programing that brings fun, hands-on learning that is easy to understand. Our Nutrition Education Program Advisor (NEPA), provides free nutrition education to youth and adults through our local school system and a variety of community groups.
The highly interactive lessons help participants:
- Plan a nutritious meal
- Be Active
- Handle Food safely
- Spend food dollars wisely
- Improve food purchasing and preparation skills
They are given knowledge of SNAP benefits and additional community resources as well.
Our Community Wellness Coordinator (CWC), collaborates with community partners on broader community change that involves policy, system, and environmental changes. Additionally, they help to make the healthy choice the easy choice by providing resources and programming to community members.
What is your CWC doing in Lawrence County? Ask about:
- Health Coalitions
- Community Gardens
- School & Workplace Wellness
- Healthy Corner Stores
- Trails & Parks
- Farm to School
- Farmers Markets
- Active Living
- Food Access
- Food Pantries
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The Nutrition Education Program has existed in Indiana since 1994 as part of Purdue Extension. The program is funded by two federal funding streams: 1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education Division, (SNAP-Ed); 2. Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, (EFNEP).