Kids’ classes focus on healthy eating, alternative choices |Story HighlightsCollette Burdette has been the SNAP-Ed Program Assistant for Coshocton County for three months. She will be doing programming for youth and seniors this month focused on food budgeting and healthy eating. The programs are focused on low-income families that receive food benefits from the state. Burdette will be going to Chestnut Crossing, The Meadows, Himebaugh Park and Burt Park among other places.
COSHOCTON – Collette Burdette encouraged children of Chestnut Crossing to at least try a bite of the Sunshine Roll-Ups she made for a youth food and nutrition class.
Just about every kid did with several eating a second and third. Burdette substituted yogurt for mayonnaise in the dish and, while some of the youth said they didn’t like yogurt after it was revealed, they also admitted they wouldn’t have known if not told.
Collette Burdette plates Sunshine Roll-Ups for children at the Chestnut Crossing Learning Center during an educational nutrition program. Burdette is the new SNAP-Ed Program Assistant for Coshocton County through the local Ohio State University Extension Office. (Photo: Leonard Hayhurst/Tribune)
This was Burdette’s first outing as the new SNAP-Ed Program Assistant for the Ohio State University Extension Office of Coshocton County. Burdette will be doing more than 40 such programs focusing on different foods and nutrition lessons throughout the summer with weekly stops at Chestnut Crossing, The Meadows and food programs at Himebaugh Park and Burt Park in West Lafayette.
She’s also doing five similar classes for the elderly at the Coshocton Senior Center. Burdette is in talks with other organizations like the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Salvation Army for programming and will be going into classrooms at local schools starting this fall.
A child raises her hand to answer a question from Collette Burdette at Chestnut Crossing Learning Center. Burdette asked youth what their favorite foods were and quizzed them on fiber. (Photo: Leonard Hayhurst/Tribune)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,
what was once commonly known as food stamps, is offered through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to help those who meet financial guidelines buy food on a monthly basis. The program through the extension office is focused on providing initial assistance consultation, technical assistance and supportive infrastructure to help low-income individuals make changes to their shopping and eating habits.
“I can’t believe how much I’ve learned and applied to myself. And I need to, not only nutritionally, but financially,” Burdette said.
Burdette said it’s about showing people they can eat healthy on a budget and sometimes that can even help them stretch a dollar. For example, if someone can’t afford a pound of ground beef they can still get much-needed protein through a cheaper carton of eggs or bag of beans.
Collette Burdette had her first nutrition education class with about 20 kids recently at Chestnut Crossing Learning Center. Burdette with the SNAP-Ed program from Ohio State University Extension will be working with youth and seniors this summer. (Photo: Leonard Hayhurst/Tribune)
“We want to make sure people don’t run out of their benefits before the end of the month. If they do run low on benefits, we want to give them other options,” Burdette said.
While there will be some classes for adults, Burdette said they are focusing on children with the hopes they will take what they learn home to their parents and make smart decisions now that will carry them through life. Burdette said some parents won’t buy something like spinach because they think their kids won’t eat it, but if they try it with her as part of a snack and then ask for it at home the whole family has a new, healthy option. Kids’ classes focus on healthy eating, alternative choices
Angie Cantrell, the outreach program coordinator at Chestnut Crossing Learning Center, said she can tell when the kids are tuned into a presentation and most were engaged with Burdette as they learned about fiber and then had the roll-up snack.
“Nutrition is important to everyone,” Cantrell said. “The young people of today need to be aware of what they are putting into their bodies and what’s needed to have a healthy lifestyle. This program will lead them in the right direction. I am looking forward to the budgeting portion of the program as I think that is a dire necessity.”
Burdette worked as a nurse’s aide for 10 years at Union Hospital and has been in her new position for three months. She’s still taking training courses weekly in Columbus. She worked on three projects for OSU in years past with studies on smoking cessation and cancer for the women of Appalachia and HPV study on the people of Appalachia. Growing up, she was a member of 4-H, key leader and later an adviser. Kids’ classes focus on healthy eating, alternative choices
“I want to give back to all these people I’ve known for years and this is a perfect way,” the Coshocton native said.
From foodhero.org and used for the Ohio SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Program
1 cup cooked, diced chicken
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2/3 cup canned, drained mandarin oranges
1/4 cup minced onion
2 table spoons mayonnaise (non-fat plain Greek yogurt can be substitute)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 large whole wheat tortilla
4 medium lettuce leaves
In a medium bowl mix the chicken, celery, oranges and onions. Add mayonnaise, soy sauce, garlic and pepper. Mix gently until chicken mixture is coated.
Lay tortilla on a cutting board or large plate and cut it into four quarters. Place one lettuce leaf on each of the quarters, then put quarter of the chicken mixture on each leaf. Roll tortilla up into a cone and eat like a sandwich.
Kids’ classes focus on healthy eating, alternative choices