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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cultural Adaptation of I CAN Prevent Diabetes

By Anne Dybsetter, Extension Educator — Health & Nutrition

Southwest Minnesota's diverse population is home to various food cultures, lifestyles and family traditions. This year, two Southwest Minnesota communities and Extension Health and Nutrition staff are working together to ensure that a promising program is adapted for the food and lifestyles of Latino and Somali cultures.

 I CAN Prevent Diabetes (ICANPD) is a research-based, national program for people with prediabetes. The lifestyle changes practiced in the year-long course can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes, with potential for a dramatic positive impact on participants' long-term health. To adapt ICANPD, SNAP-Ed Educators Leticia Rodriguez in Worthington and Abdulahi Dohe in Willmar are working alongside cultural liaisons from their communities, as well as other Extension staff. The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering to provide funding for the project, which will result in general insights into cultural adaptation processes, as well as adapted ICANPD course materials.

Learn more about I CAN Prevent Diabetes

Monday, August 3, 2015

Heading Off to College with Health in Mind

During the month of August, many young adults venture off to tech school or college for the first time. It is a time filled with a lot of excitement and a lot of “firsts.” For many young adults, this is the first time they are completely in charge of their health. Making wise food choices and staying physically active is important to help young adults do well in their studies and be at their best physically, socially, and emotionally.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Partners for Affordable Housing — and Healthy Eating

What do housing and health have in common? In Mankato, the answer is Partners for Affordable Housing (PAH).

PAH strives not only to help clients secure long-term housing but also to improve the health and nutrition of their families being served. The shared goal of improved nutrition and cooking skills forms the basis of the ongoing partnership between SNAP-Ed Educator Rachel Jones and PAH. And the class series that brings it all together? Cooking Matters® Minnesota.
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