WSU Whatcom County Extension

Family & Community Health

WSU Whatcom County Extension        

Food $ense


Grow Happy Kids

Our new website just for Food $ense Parents!

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The Washington State University Food $ense program has provided hands-on nutrition education in Whatcom County since 2004. We are a community nutrition education program for low income households. Our program has grown from serving 30 children in three after-school programs to serving over 4000 students and 2000 adults in 2013. For the 2012-13 school year we will be working with students in 22 schools in all seven school districts in Whatcom County. Our adult program provides classes and demonstrations at 31 sites around Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Our focus is to encourage healthy food choices by providing recipients with the knowledge to select, prepare and consume healthy meals for themselves and their families.

Current Year Sites & Highlights:

Whatcom Food Sense Overview 2012-2013 (pdf)

2011 Program Highlights - Statewide (pdf)


Parent Newsletters:

"Build a Healthy Meal" Newsletter (pdf)

"Choosing Whole-grain Foods" Newsletter (pdf)

"Add More Vegetables to Your Day" Newsletter (pdf)

"Make Better Beverage Choices" Newsletter (pdf)


Here are a few links to get you started:


This is the official website for ChooseMyPlate. You can explore what you need for a healthy diet. There are also games and interactive things for children.


CDC - Fruits and Vegetables

Visit this colorful site maintained by the Center for Disease Control. This is the home of the Fruit and Vegetable of the month feature. Check out the fruit and vegetable for this month.


Grow Happy Kids

Grow Happy Kids is a WSU Extension Food $ense website dedicated to:

  - Helping families understand the importance of eating naturally nourishing foods.

  - Showing families how to shop healthy on a tight budget.

  - Getting parents to share successes and challenges.


Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

The government just updated the Dietary Guidelines. The new My Pyramid reflects those guidelines. This is good information for all to understand.


Fight BAC

We emphasize safe food handling in all of our classes. The Fight BAC site is very colorful and the information is easy to incorporate into your life.


Aim for a Healthy Weight

This obesity initiative of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is a wonderful source of information on Body Mass Index and Portion Distortion. Check it out and take the Portion Distortion Quiz!


We Can!

A resource for parents who want to help prevent obesity in their children.


Meals Matter: California Dairy Council

Meals Matter is a delightful website developed by the California Dairy Council. This link will take you to the Cooking for Your Family Page that contains activities for you and your children. Try the Food Pyramid Match Game, learn more about breakfast and the nutritional facts about your favorite pizza.


Go, Slow, Whoa! A Kid’s Guide to Eating Right

The Kids Health site is full of resources for kids. This page can help kids learn about foods they can eat anytime, foods they should keep on their sometimes list and foods they should eat only once in awhile.


Kids Health for Parents

Nutrition and Fitness: Kids Health for Parents is a terrific resource for helping parents with a variety of health issues. This particular section of the website is dedicated to helping parents encourage their child in eating well and exercising to stay fit.

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