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Culturally Relevant Nutrition Education for Migrant Head Start Parents 2016

      Objective

      Michigan State University Extension implemented a process to design and deliver a culturally and linguistically relevant program to seasonal and migrant workers who were parents of young children during summer 2016.

      Description

      Michigan State University Extension partnered with a migrant worker service agency to provide culturally-relevant nutrition and physical activity education to seasonal and migrant worker parents with young children throughout the state. Michigan State University Extension designed a lesson plan and cooking demonstration based on the needs of the families, and delivered the presentations in Spanish to 651 adults at 14 Michigan Migrant Head Start sites. The presentation included information about healthy fruit and vegetables, how to eat fewer calories, the importance of drinking water, how to maintain a healthy weight, low fat proteins and dairy, and the importance of physical activity.

      Evaluation

      As a result of the presentations, 85% of participants said they planned to eat more vegetables; 92% said they planned to eat more fruits; 93% said they would drink more water; and 80% said they would do more physical activity.

      Conclusions and Implications

      The poster presentation will elaborate on the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program.

      Funding

      Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education