Southern Chester County Embraces Nutrition Education with LCH Health and Penn State Partnership

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KENNETT SQUARE, PA — In a pioneering move to combat lifestyle diseases through education, LCH Health and Community Services is teaming up with Penn State’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). This collaboration, set to kick off on March 19, 2024, is poised to revolutionize the way residents approach health and nutrition.

The partnership aims to address the escalating concerns over diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, and certain forms of cancer that are increasingly prevalent within the community. By providing a comprehensive nine-week curriculum focused on nutrition and its vital role in well-being, this program seeks to arm individuals and families with the knowledge and tools needed to make healthier dietary choices.

Kate Wickersham, Director of Development at LCH Health and Community Services, emphasized the transformative potential of this initiative. “This partnership signifies a significant step forward in addressing the critical need for comprehensive nutrition education within our community,” Wickersham stated. The collaboration combines the strengths and resources of both organizations, leveraging LCH’s commitment to accessible healthcare and Penn State Extension EFNEP’s expertise in evidence-based nutrition education.

Elizabeth Myers from the Penn State Extension Program highlighted the urgency of the situation, noting the exponential growth of lifestyle diseases in the area. “These classes provide education in healthy diet and physical activity, food safety, and navigating a tight budget to stretch food dollars for healthy foods,” Myers explained. The aim is not only to improve food security but also nutrition security, particularly for community members most at risk of lifestyle diseases.

The program covers a wide range of topics, from making informed dietary choices to understanding food safety and managing food budgets effectively. It represents a holistic approach to health promotion, focusing on prevention and empowerment through education. By improving access to critical information and resources, the partnership between Penn State Nutrition Links and LCH hopes to foster a supportive community environment conducive to lasting healthy habits.

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As the program unfolds, the collaborative effort between LCH Health and Community Services and Penn State’s EFNEP is expected to have a profound impact on the community. By equipping residents with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the complexities of nutrition and health, this initiative stands as a beacon of hope in the fight against lifestyle diseases. It underscores the power of education and community collaboration in fostering a healthier, more informed society.

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