Nutritional Disorders Telehealth Network Project

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Local Resources

Background Education for Providers
Socioeconomic stressors can often contribute to nutritional disorders in children, particularly in minority populations, due to a lack of resources necessary to provide appropriate nutrition and education. There are a range of resources available within the area to assist families with the provision of nutritional foods and making healthy food choices. 
 
  • 2-1-1 Community Resources : This is a community helpline that can provide information for a range of services, which include:
      • Food
      • Shelter
      • Financial and Legal Help
      • Parenting and Child Care
      • Elder Care
      • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
 
    • Simply dial 2-1-1 from any phone to connect with the helpline.
 
  • FoodShare Wisconsin: FoodShare Wisconsin is a programmed designed to improve the health and nutrition of Wisconsin residents by helping to stop hunger. This program was instituted to help families and individuals with limited budgets and resources to buy the nutritious food that they need.
    • To enroll, caregivers will need to call 1-800-362-3002 to set up an appointment for an interview at their local county agency to review eligibility for services and determine their needs. The local county agencies for Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties are :
      • Milwaukee County:
Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services (Vliet St.):  (414)289-6000
      • Waukesha County:
Waukesha County Health and Human Services:  (262)548-7280
 
  • Mealsmatter.org: Meals Matter provides education, resources, and tools to help families make nutritious meals at home and improve their overall diet and health. Resources provided by Meals Matter include:
    • Healthy Meal Planning Tools
    • Tips on Healthy School Lunches
    • Nutrition Challenges
    • Free Nutrition and Recipe Newsletter
    • Recipes and Meal Ideas
    • Fitness Planner
 
  • Mypyramid.gov: This government website provides information on the new dietary guidelines set forth by the USDA. There is wealth of information regarding meal planning, assessing food choices, physical activity, and weight loss, which is available using interactive tools that can make learning about food choices fun for everyone in the family.
 
  • Milwaukee County UW-Extension – Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program: This program helps families with limited resources to buy and prepare healthy foods safely, create healthier diets, and provides education on how to spend their money wisely in making appropriate food selections. These educational classes are free for families who meet income guidelines, and they provide research-based knowledge to help caregivers make better nutritional choices for their families.
 
Instructions for Provider
These programs and resources can be presented to families who may have limited resources. The links for these resources are provided, in addition to how to contact these services. Reaching out for help or admitting that they may need help can be difficult for some individuals, and the proper support and guidance should be provided. A social worker may want to be involved in helping to connect families with these services.
 
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