Fresh from the Field, May 10, 2018

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Fresh from the Field Banner

Fresh from the Field is a weekly album showcasing transformative impacts made by partners supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Editor: Falita Liles                                                                                                May 10, 2018

Success Stories 

GettyImages NIFA Impacts

Benefits of Green Spaces in Rural and Urban America

NIFA-funded scientists collaborating with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and USDA’s Forest Service, have used surveys, interviews, and focus groups to assess the benefits of parks and recreation. This research is providing the evidence and awareness needed for communities to provide more green spaces, for more doctors to include outdoor recreation in prescriptions, for policymakers to require outdoor recreation at school, and for land managers to plan for outdoor recreation.

 As researchers identify motivations for and barriers to using outdoor spaces, professionals will be able to design more attractive and accessible parks and recreation options. The resulting health benefits of more participation in outdoor recreation could help reduce healthcare costs across the nation.

NIFA supports this project through the Multistate Research Fund.

View the infographic for more stories. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Super Grandmas Photo by EFNEP FL NIFA Impacts

Grandparents in Rural Florida

The University of Florida's Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), through Escambia County  has partnered with the Council on Aging in their area.They are working with a subgroup called “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren." This group consists of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and have obtained temporary custody or have adopted them because the grandchildren’s biological parents are either incarcerated or deceased due to criminal activity and/or drug and alcohol addiction. 

The opioid epidemic is affecting many families and EFNEP helps by supplying the grandparents with education and tools that equip them in their endeavor to raise healthy and happy children.    

Each participant is given a challenge to purchase a healthy item from each of the five food groups with the $10  that is provided for them. 

Please contact Wendy R. Meredith, Nutrition Educator, at UF/IFAS for additional information.

Tweet of the Week


Sonny Ramaswamy #MRF Impacts #NIFAImpacts