Northwest Reaches Out with NutritionNov 15th, 1995 | By tcj | Category: 7-3: Investing, Tribal College News
Northwest Indian College has initiated a community-based, culturally relevant nutrition outreach program to provide nutrition education to Native Americans in the western region, including Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona.
The program provides instruction in practical food and nutrition skills for homemakers in tribal communities and improves access to existing food and nutrition services. Major health problems of Natives, such as obesity and diabetes, are directly linked to nutrition and are high priorities of the program.
The NWIC nutrition para-professionals work with homemakers in their respective local communities. The nutrition assistants carry a minimum case load of six homemakers, provide group classes in the community, and sponsor a range of community group activities. The Food and Consumer Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the Nutrition Assistant Program.