Cent$ible Nutrition Program

Adult Series in Platte County

  • Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all CNP in-person classes have been cancelled until further notice. If you need assistance, please visit: https://uwyocnp.org/welcome/coronavirus-cnp/ or reach out to Mary Evans at mevans22@uwyo.edu. We are working on providing classes online and will announce updates as well as share resources on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/UWCNP/


UW nutrition program ghost hunt activity encourages family fun

The University of Wyoming Extension’s Cen$ible Nutrition Program is encouraging families to “go on a ghost hunt” this month.

“The idea is that people who want to participate will print the ghost image and put it up in one of their windows where it can be seen from the street and as people are walking around town, they can look for ghosts,” said Kali McCrackin Goodenough, CNP marketing coordinator.

This provides families with an alternative activity to trick or treating while still encouraging families to get dressed up and go on a walk together, explained McCrackin Goodenough.

“CNP encourages people to be more active,” she said. “Usually Halloween is about trick or treating and has kids out walking around, but since that won’t necessarily be a thing this year, we wanted to come up with another physical activity that’s kind of Halloween-ish in spirit and still has people outside and moving.”

To participate, four different ghost print-outs are available online at http://bit.ly/GhostHuntPrints with options to either download and print, color and/or cut out the image. Hang the ghost in a street-facing window where it can be seen by people walking by and share the game with friends and family, she said.

Helping Families Eat Better for Less

The Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) is a state-wide cooking and nutrition education program.  It is funded by the USDA through two grants, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed).

The goal of CNP is to help families and individuals eat better for less. It follows the USDA MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. CNP is free to families and individuals who income qualify.

CNP is part of the University of Wyoming Extension and the University of Wyoming Family and Consumer Sciences Department.

Join and learn secrets to:

1. Invest your food dollars in the best nutrition choices
2. Stretch your food dollar to last the whole month
3. Choose foods lower in fat and cholesterol
4. Prepare low-cost meat dishes in tender, delicious ways
5. Recognize advertising techniques that encourage you to spend more
6. Increase calcium intake by including more calcium-rich foods in your diet
7. Plan meals your family will enjoy
8. Alter recipes so they are lower in fat, sugar, and sodium
9. Protect your family from food borne illnesses
10. Save time, energy, and make new friends!

A series of lessons are available to participants. Those completing the lessons receive a diet analysis, a Cent$ible Nutrition Program Cookbook, cooking utensils, a grocery shopping list, and more.

For more information about the program, please contact Mary at (307) 322-3667 or visit the Cent$ible Nutrition Program website.


Community Change

The healthy choice should be the easy choice – for ALL families. Statewide, the Cent$ible Nutrition Program is seeking out new opportunities to promote policy, system, and environmental changes in the community. We hope these changes will increase access to healthy foods and physical activity for everyone. You can find out more about CNP’s community projects around the state on the CNP Community Engagement & Outreach page.

This summer, Mary worked with the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC), the Master Gardeners program, Kids Kastle Daycare, First Christian Church Community Garden, the Platte County Nutrition and Food Safety educator, and the Wyoming Challenge Academy to build two hoop houses in Wheatland. The produce harvested from these hoop houses will be donated to the local food bank, commodities, and the summer feeding program, in addition to using some in CNP classes. You can find the whole story here.

If you are interested in working together to promote healthy change in the Platte County community, please contact Mary!