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The Bean Scene
August 29, 2007

Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension Service (left) and Northarvest home economist Lynne Bigwood with Northarvest's new Magical Fruit banner display, at the recent Society for Nutrition Education conference in Chicago.

Lynne Bigwood, Northarvests home economist, recently participated in and exhibited at the Society for Nutrition Educations 40th annual conference in

Extension supervisors and staff, college professors, dietitians and others who are leaders in U.S. nutrition education attend this conference and are among more than 1,000 nutrition professionals who are members of this important national organization.

Interestingly, the SNE sent a letter to House Ag Committee Chair Rep. Collin Peterson at the beginning of the Farm Bill markup, stressing that the SNE believes one of the key purposes of our food and farm policies should be to advance the health and well being of all people in the
United States.

The SNE urged Peterson to give high priority to policies that strengthen nutrition education, reduce hunger/food insecurity, support healthy food choices, and maintain the integrity of the food system while protecting our environment.  The SNE also recommended that Farm Bill policies be redirected to support greater diversity and increase production and market development for specialty crops  the fruits and vegetables that are promoted in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The House version of the new farm bill does indeed include funding directed at fruits and vegetables, in which dry edible beans may benefit as well.

At the SNE Conference, Northarvests new Shaped like a kidney, but good for your heart.  Go figure banner was on display along with the matching poster, The Bean Cookbook, brochures and teaching curriculum.

Bigwood notes that one attendee who made it a point to stop by to get a copy of Northarvest materials is currently writing new Family and Consumer Science textbooks.  Many others were enthusiastic about receiving materials that will help them encourage their students and clients to eat more beans.

Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist, held a poster session On the Move to Better Health:  Motivating Children to Improve Eating and Physical Activity Habits at the conference.  She also presented an oral abstract Teens Serving Food Safely:  Understanding and Improving the Process that reported best strategies for delivering training to teenage food handlers.  Funding for the food serving analysis was provided by USDA.

Northarvest has cooperated with and supported Garden-Robinsons nutrition education programs and activities in the past, including 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, was distributed throughout N.D.  Teachers received a set of 16 mini-lessons on the MyPyramid and food safety, as part of the educational component. Bean recipes were 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:


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