Wednesday, September 30, 2015

UDC SNAP-Ed Provides Nutrition Education at Community Health Screening

UDC SNAP-Ed Provides Nutrition Education at the Congressional Black Caucus Community Health Screening Clinic

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, UDC SNAP-Ed was among the region’s leading health care providers and organizations serving District residents at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Health Braintrust in collaboration with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and  Robin Kelly, Ph.D. (D-IL) hosted the inaugural health screening clinic.  

The focus of this free clinic was to “end disparities in health care by performing outreach and connecting to underserved communities with more access to quality, preventative health care in their area,” according to the events’ press release. Residents received free screenings, support services and information by health professionals spanning various disciplines in the health care field. 

During her opening remarks, Congresswoman Norton highlighted the vital role of nutrition in healthcare, and proudly mentioned UDC’s Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed). Members of the SNAP-Ed team provided free nutrition education, information and entertainment.  
CNDH Director Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Ph.D., and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinators/Nutrition Educators Teresa Turner and Helen Naylor, provided information on healthy eating, encouraged and empowered residents to make healthy food choices and to choose physically active lifestyles within a limited budget.
Chef Herbert Holden showed off his exceptional artistry by carving fresh fruits and vegetables into delicious works of art which provided increased opportunities for the SNAP-Ed team to engage even more participants.
 This event is further evidence of how SNAP-Ed works to improve the quality of life of District residents and achieve healthy communities and healthy people. 

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