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American Indian nutrition the focus of IHS cooks training
3 June 2003

BISMARCK, ND - Two training sessions focusing on nutrition for American Indians are offered in the month of June for cooks from Indian Health Service facilities in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa. The sessions are scheduled for all day Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10 - 11 and Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 - 18 at United Tribes Technical College.

      The training offers information about current nutrition trends, patient meal patterns, gardening and certain Native American foods. Emphasis is placed on healthy selections and practices for American Indians.

      Each is a two-day session and both will be presented using teaching models, subject matter and examples appropriate to American Indian work environments.

      Among the topics are whether or not to trust the food pyramid, nutrition therapy for renal patients, Buffalo and Native American wellness, traditional and contemporary gardening, and cooking with the "Three Sisters" - corn, beans and squash.

      Presenters are from the United Tribes Technical College Extension and Nutrition/Foodservice Vocation staff: Wanda Agnew, LRD, director, UTTC Land Grant Programs, Kim Hinnenkamp, LRD, UTTC Extension Education Coordinator, Suzy Thorson, LRD, and Katy Churchill, both UTTC Nutrition and Foodservice Instructors.

      The sessions are approved for 11 units of Continuing Education from the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers and CEU's toward college credit by the UTTC Continuing Education Department.

      For more information contact Wanda Agnew, director, UTTC Land Grant Programs at 701-255-3285 ext. 1420, wagnew@uttc.edu.


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