Food and nutrition policy is at the forefront of the obesity prevention debate both in Vermont and nationally. While in her position as coordinator to the 30+5 program, Nancy Schaefer is involved in the many facets of this issue, especially how to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for families and youth. 30+5 stands for at least 30 minutes of physical activity and 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
The activities of this project take place in Springfield and Bellows Falls primarily with youth in grades K-5.
Recently, Schaefer learned that she is one of 24 participants selected to take part in the Rural Voices Leadership and Policy Workshop sponsored by the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) to be held in Washington, DC from March 29-31. ORHP extended the opportunity to grantees of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the funding agency for 30+5, a HRSA Rural Health Care Services Outreach grantee. Schaefer was one of 43 applicants nationwide.
Schaefer sees the workshop as "an excellent opportunity to help my effectiveness as a health educator in addressing disparities and access to healthy foods."
For more information about the 30+5 program, call Schaefer or Daylyn Finnegan at 885-2126 ext. 206.