By Arielle Gerstein
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) provides education programs, behavior-change initiatives, and social marketing campaigns designed for individuals receiving or eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP-Ed programs and publications seek to increase healthy food and active lifestyle choices among District residents. Teresa Turner is one of the CNDH coordinators for the program.
She is a recent graduate of the Nutrition and Dietetics program at UDC. She now works full-time as a project assistant in the Center for Nutrition, Diet, and Health. Teresa works mainly with two to five year olds but also reaches other age groups through health fairs and gerontology programs. She teaches thirty minute classes at daycare centers and schools to preschoolers and pre-K monthly.
Each month different topics are covered that introduce the kids to healthy food using all the senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Using the senses method and instilling a understanding of where food comes from, the kids will more likely want to eat it again. She also teaches nutrition to kids in summer camp in interactive ways like bingo, food trivia and 'pin the protein.' Teresa’s favorite part of her job is when the kids have retained knowledge of food from one class to the next.
Her biggest challenge in working with young kids is engaging all kids--even shy ones. To combat this problem she always puts the kids in a circle so they can see the teacher, herself and the other students and continue to make eye contact. Teresa received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Tuskegee University and has always had a strong desire to help people and improve quality of life for community residents.
Contact Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org.