PEPS Students participate in nutrition education program

Tania Wilhelmi shows

students in the Partners Educating Parenting Students program around the produce aisle at Walmart and explains how to look for healthy options, such as fresh fruit.

RACINE — Grocery shopping may seem like a simple task, but for a teenager, it can be a bit daunting — especially if they’re shopping for a family. That’s why Partners Educating Parenting Students teacher Tania Wilhelmi paired up with UW-Extension to give her students a hands-on, interactive and educational experience inside the grocery store.

“This program is geared toward my students who are all teenage moms. We’re focusing on healthy eating for them and healthy eating for their children and learning budgeting strategies with a WIC focus,” Wilhelmi said.

Students in the Partners Educating Parenting Students program had the opportunity to walk through the grocery store with a nutrition educator to learn about low cost, nutritious foods.

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“This is something they can use now and five years from now,” UW-Extension nutrition educator Cindy Armstrong said. “Everybody eats, everyone has budgets; it’s a way for these students to make the best use of their dollars in a healthy way.”

At the store, nutrition educators showed students how to look for healthy options, like buying fresh fruit rather than fruit with syrup or why buying a tub of yogurt might be more cost effective than buying individual yogurt cups.

“This is something that is really relevant and something that they use so they really enjoyed this opportunity and hopefully learned a lot too,” Wilhelmi said.


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