October 2012 Meeting
From your perspective, what are the challenges facing families in the next 2-5 years?
- Food Safety in Concessions
- Skills to prepare food at home/cook/purchasing – busy families, lack of resources/skills – target all families regardless of income
- Generation of children who do not know how to cook/prepare foods
- Increase in eating out – dollar menu selections
- Aging population – average age of individuals in counties; chronic disease self management (arthritis, etc.); lack of access to medical care/long drive to seek care; not tech savvy; may lack resources compared to younger population; nutrition programs for seniors are struggling to get participation – more people aging, fewer using service; aging parents may not have children who are close by – may need to utilize more services/increase access to services
- Communities with lack of access to food – food deserts
- Schools – short staffed, lack of resources, meeting content standards, missing health education, time spent on nutrition and health education
How can SDSU Extension address these challenges?
- Food Safety in Concessions – SD Department of Health
- Aging Population – how to cook/prepare foods for chronic disease self-management
- Cooking preparation – all ages
- Integration – get information to people at every place that they go
- Collaborate so no duplication and no gaps – efficient use of resources
- Commitment to technology – good communication tool
- Planning & solutions to deal with food desert issues
From your perspective, what are the opportunities facing families in the next 2-5 years?
- Access to information through technology – ability to communicate with people we have never had before
- Easy Recipe App – Garden Produce utilization app (Farmer’s Markets) – apps to compare food costs
- Opportunities through apps to teach young children baking
Family Resource Management – all ages
- Mental health aspects
- Rural communities
- Schools – model wellness policy requirements, gardens – student ownership/leadership
- Harvest of the Month – combine with gardening efforts
- Community Gardens – opportunity to help people learn how to preserve foods; canning is built-in convenience foods – new twist on how canning is marketed; other options like freezing and drying
- School Nutrition – discussions around this topic to help educate community; showcase schools who are doing a great job
- Election Year – new partnerships
- Healthy Checkout Lines at Stores – expand work done with Munch Code
- Farm to School at Concession Stands, School Lunch
- Community Coalitions – improving nutrition and physical activity
How can SDSU Extension address these opportunities?
- Look at the impact of cooking apps on real world application
- Best practices for schools around nutrition and physical activity
- Replicate activities done by Ground Works for school gardens
- Collaborative efforts to promote school nutrition
What does success for South Dakota’s future look like?
- Enhancing quality of life
- Vibrancy of rural communities concerns
- Still have whole gamut of ways people can live
- More local food producers selling food in communities; families have more options for foods (grocery stores); needs to be convenient – Farmer’s Markets may not work for busy families
- Entrepreneurship within communities
- Bountiful Bundles food program
- Reduce food insecurity
How can SDSU Extension partner with others to help ensure realization of this future?
- Collaborating, using other partners/resource effectively
- Farmer’s Market vouchers for limited resource audiences to purchase fruits and vegetables; more EBT options; expose audience to shopping at Farmer’s Markets
What role should SDSU Extension play in significant societal issues that impact families?
- Relationships (technology and its role)
- What will family look like 10 years from now?
- Nutrition/Food Prep
- Chronic Disease & Healthcare Costs
- Early Habits to Lifelong Learning
- Family Meals
- Empowering/Educating Parents for Family Time
What societal issues are of critical importance?
- Chronic Disease
- Healthcare Costs