Healthy Communities

CNP loves being part of our communities. We work with local partners on projects that help make our communities healthier places.

You may have seen some of our work with local gardens or noticed some changes at your local food pantry. Your kids may have met Marty Moose at school or you may have helped paint stencils at your child’s daycare. All of these are part of our work with partners.

We want the healthy choice to be the easy choice for everyone, and these projects are helping us to see that in our communities. Explore more below!

Marty Moose Goes to 3rd Grade!

CNP partners with elementary schools all around the state so Marty Moose can come to 3rd grade. With Marty’s help, students learn about MyPlate and staying healthy. Marty also works with school principals and teachers to help make some small changes that make schools healthier. 

You might see colorful posters in school hallways, water dispensers in the lunchroom, or a classroom pledge to make celebrations healthy.

Healthy Early Starts

CNP partners with daycares to make small changes for healthier babies and toddlers. In some daycares, this looks like toddlers eating lunch together and trying new fruits or vegetables. In others, if might look like more active play time.  

You might notice colorful stencils on sidewalks at the daycare. These stencils are meant to encourage more activity outside.  

Healthy Pantries

When you think of a food pantry, you may not think about health. CNP and its food pantry partners are working to change this by making small changes to make pantries healthier. At some pantries, this means offering fresh fruits and vegetables. At others, it means asking for healthier donations. 

You might notice signs pointing you to healthier choices or see samples of new recipes using pantry ingredients.

Gardens & Local Food

CNP works with many different partners, including the University of Wyoming Extension, on gardening projects. These projects help get fresh vegetables to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, and more. 

You might notice a hoop house or geodome in your community, or see a community garden plot at your local Extension office. 

You can learn more about these projects in your community by exploring the Stories page. 

* The Cent$ible Nutrition Program is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and EFNEP. SNAP-Ed assists individuals and families who receive, or are eligible to receive, benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EFNEP assists families and youth with limited resources  in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets and contributes to their personal development and the improvement of total family diet and nutritional welfare. Visit our income-qualification page to learn more. 

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The full nondiscrimination statement can be found here

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

The University of Wyoming is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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