Lincoln County 4-H Extension Agent Hayley Gloeckner is teaching classes on Eating Smart and Being Active. It’s under a grant from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program-Ed, called SNAP-ED.
She said how the program works, it’s offered to anyone who qualifies for SNAP-ED, “geared to people on a budget,” then to the public as a whole, as long as the class size doesn’t exceed 12 in any given community.
She explained, “We try to make them not so big because it’s a program that is very interactive, we share together, with everybody growing and learning based on eight topics over eight weeks for about 90 minutes each time.”
The topics involve planning and saving, being more active, fruits and vegetables, grains and fiber, calcium and protein.
Gloeckner said, “I do food demonstrations and each section is teaching you how to eat healthier, be more active and really positive lifestyle changes, even though it might seem small, but yet so simple and informative.”
The program is under the overall direction of licensed dietician/nutritionist Mary Wilson at the UNR southern area office in Las Vegas. “It was Mary who saw there was a need for this program in Lincoln County, and contacted us in Caliente to see if we would be interested,” Gloeckner said.
Gloeckner went to the training in Las Vegas last winter and the program started in Lincoln County in January 2014.
The first series of lessons were in Caliente, and now are being offered in Alamo. In July and August, Gloeckner will offer the lessons in Panaca and Pioche.
“If we continue to receive positive response to this program, we’ll just start all over again,” she said. “Word of mouth is getting around, and I have sign ups already in Panaca.”
Workbooks for the weekly lessons are provided.
Part of the program teaches the person how to read the nutritional guidelines the USDA requires on product packaging. “A lot of people don’t understand it. It’s like a foreign language. But when you know how, it’s very helpful,” she said.
Persons interested in signing up for classes scheduled for Panaca and Pioche are invited to contact the UNR Cooperative Extension office in Caliente, 775-726-3109, or Gloeckner directly, at 775-962-1087.