STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
- Healthy People: The Pike County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences educator served many groups in order to create healthier residents. “Summer Lunch” program and “MyPlate” lessons at Western and Waverly libraries reached five participants while partnering with Pike Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (PHLI) and Adena Health Systems. OSU Extension Pike County, PHLI, and YMCA partnered to organize and host “Paint it Pink Pike County” 5K run/walk for breast cancer awareness, engaging 223 participants. “Live Healthy Live Well” fall e-mail challenge reached 56 participants. Positive feedback was reported by participants: “Just by drinking water and eating more veggies I have lost 7 pounds.” “I am now walking 4 miles a day/5 days a week.” “I set a couple goals when I started: eat fruit two times per day, walk 2 times per day 4 times per week and was 100% successful”, and “I focused on eating healthy and being active. I bought new jeans this weekend a size smaller than my last pair. Thank you for all the motivation!”
- The FCS educator worked with PHLI to host Shopping Tours at local grocery stores reaching 12 participants. The educator collaborated with Eastern Elementary Administration and Staff to create physical activity stations on their playground for 227 enrolled students
- Healthy Finances: Pike County Extension served many groups in order to promote healthier financial practices. The educator taught a 4-week financial literacy class to 50 eighth-grade students at Eastern Jr. High. Using pre/post test surveys indicated a 10% increase in knowledge on the financial topics. Pike Community Action Committee partnered with the educator to offer a budgeting class for county residents with nine participants attending.
- Program Promotion: The educator partnered with the 4-H Educator and SNAP-Ed Program Assistant to promote our programs at the Jasper Elementary Open House for approximately 800 adults and students. The educator worked with SNAP-Ed Program Assistant to promote healthy snacking at a community baby shower held by the county WIC office reaching approximately 150 adults and children. Participation at the annual Community Day event held by Pike Community Action reached 300 county residents. The educator also served as monthly speaker to promote OSU Extension programs for the Pike County Service Council meeting in October.
- The USDA’s Midwest Region Food and Nutrition Service funds Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), targets food stamp recipients and teaches basic nutrition/food safety/meal management/food security/budgeting programs. Funding for SNAP-Ed in Pike County since 1994 totals $896,700 with $78,386 in fiscal year 2015. Pike County SNAP-Ed reached 3,124 participants in 319 classes. Of those participants, 1,345 were youth audiences from Summer Feeding school programs.
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