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January 24, 2007

NHB Helps Sponsor Eat Smart, Play Hard Program

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association helped sponsor the Eat Smart, Play Hard program designed to encourage and teach children, parents, and caregivers to eat healthy and be physically active. The campaign offers resources and tools to convey and reinforce healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPyramid Food Guidance System.

Eat Smart, Play Hard information, featuring NDSU Bison athletes, is being distributed throughout N.D. Teachers receive a set of 16 mini-lessons on the MyPyramid and food safety, as part of the educational component. Bean recipes are included in the Eat Smart, Play Hard campaign.

The Eat Smart, Play Hard web site for parents:

The Eat Smart, Play Hard web site for kids:

Bean Lessons (September 27-28, 2005) -- The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences met in Philadelphia.  Extension FCS staff use Northarvests materials extensively with their community education programs. They were delighted to receive the cookbook, posters and CD-ROM with a power point bean lesson already prepared for their use.


Educating Twin Cities Educators (September 29, 2005) -- At the Minnesota WIC meeting in Minneapolis, Lynne Bigwood distributed Northarvests new posters, CD-ROM and a sample of the revised cookbook to the attendees. She also left 25 packets of Northarvests materials with a University of Minnesota Extension staff member to share with other nutrition educators in the Twin Cities.  Several of the local WIC groups keep The Bean Cookbook in stock to distribute to their clients.


Live to Be An Old Fart (October 19-20, 2005) -- North Dakota Education Association met in Grand Forks for their 2005 Instructional Conference. Lynne Bigwood distributed Elementary Education kits to student teachers and posters to many teachers of all levels. The Live to Be An Old Fart poster was by far the most popular.


Bean Alley at ADA Expo (October 22-25, 2005) -- The Beans for Health Alliance coordinated exhibiting at the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri. Bean Alley had six booths, which included Northarvest, Bush Brothers, Idaho Bean Commission, Michigan Bean Commission, Trinidad-Benham from Colorado and Beans for Health Alliance. Northarvest shipped 2000 cookbooks, Beans: Agriculture to Health CD-ROMs and literature order forms along with the booth and samples of all our materials. Faye Courneya and Lynne Bigwood exhibited for three days and were overwhelmed by the response. They not only handed out all 2000 copies but also, had orders for another 360.


Living Ag Classroom  (January 25-26, 2006) -- The Minot KMOT-TV Living Ag Classroom was held in conjunction with the Ag Expo at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. Eleven commodity groups participated in three 1-1/2 hour sessions each day. Almost 900 4th grade students and 50 teachers attended the two-day event. Thirteen new teachers requested teaching kits. Instructor comments about what they find most valuable were, I like your Ag Show demonstration; the children always mention this section and Each year the Bean Crazy games is frequently recorded as a favorite Ag show activity when we return to our school to journal about the Ag Show! Four classes got the maximum points and hit Bean Crazy playing the games this year. Normally there is one a day and two or three who either lose money or make very little.


Beans: Ag to Health  (April 20-May 3, 2006) -- The National Women, Infant and Childrens annual conference was held in Houston, Texas. Jo Singleton of Anadarko, Oklahoma, attended the conference as the Oklahoma State Laura K. Savage Award winner with her poster display. She printed out the Beans: Agriculture to Health lessons that Northarvest gave out at last years conference and used them to make her prize winning display, Quick and Easy Meals with Beans. Jo featured The Bean Cookbookas her recipe source and had a crockpot full of soup for everyone to taste. Lynne Bigwood exhibited for Northarvest Bean Growers. Over 1400 WIC staff attended with 600 from Texas. The rest came from around the USA including many tribal staff. Three hundred cookbooks, 350 Bean Cookery Curriculum CD Roms and 200 sets of the four Magical Fruit posters were a big hit! Ninety-five requests for samples of The Bean Cookbook were mailed out afterward.


Extension Ag Summit (April 22, 2006) -- North Dakota Agricultural Commodity groups, including Lynne Bigwood for Northarvest Bean Growers, hosted a tour site, Ag Summit, for Extension staff at their annual Spring Conference.  Each commodity group gave a short talk on their resources and got a chance to visit with the attendees.


Bean Cookery Curriculum (April 23, 2006) -- Lynne had a second chance to meet more Extension staff at the North Dakota Nutrition Council Spring Conference at the Best Western Ramkota in Bismarck, ND. She gave out the new Bean Cookery curriculum, posters and cookbooks to many nutrition educators from across the state.The meeting had interesting speakers both morning and afternoon. The FDA and ND Public Health Officer had important information to share. North Dakotas Public Health Officer encouraged communities to follow last years successful efforts in which the Northarvest Bean Growers Association did so well with the new MyPyramid.


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