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Health and Nutrition

Good nutrition and physical activity are important habits for you, your family and your friends to practice for life-long health.

Eating healthful foods and exercising at every stage of life will help you:

  • enjoy great-tasting foods
  • build physical strength and endurance
  • feel you best and work productively
  • reduce your risk of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is a nutrition education program for those eligible to receive food stamps. The program is provided by K-State Research and Extension through the support of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services and the United States Department of Agriculture. FNP is designed to help improve the nutritional status of more that 100,000 Kansas of all ages who receive food stamps, as well as others who are eligible to receive them. Local county extension deliver FNP in more that half of Kansas' counties.

Each FNP county individualizes its nutrition education program to meet the needs of citizens through collaboration with community agencies sharing the same audience.  The Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent plans and delivers FNP activities. They reach their audiences in many different ways. Clients participate in a series of lessons. These lessons are supported by interactive displays, newsletters and fact sheets.

  • Community Partners
  • WIC
  • Headstart Department of Health Hospitals
  • Schools Social and Rehabilitative Services Libraries
  • Salvation Army
  • Child care centers
  • Senior centers
  • Job training programs
  • Target Audiences

Food stamp recipients and eligible individuals and families of all ages receive nutrition education through FNP. Groups targeted include: youth (preschool through grade  12), families with young children, pregnant or nursing teens and seniors. In Kansas the majority reached are Caucasian, with the second largest group being Hispanic.  Other groups reached are African American, Native American and Asian.