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Online seminar to teach improving nutrition for special needs children

RELEASE DATE: March 30, 2015

TAVARES – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is offering a free, interactive online seminar on preparing healthy meals for special needs children from noon – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.

Modifying Foods for Special Needs Children will focus on improving nutrition of children with swallowing disorders, also known as dysphagia. Topics include how to properly prepare modified foods and tips to encourage consumption. 

Dr. Wendy Dahl, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist with the UF/IFAS Extension Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, will present the program. Dr. Dahl’s research interests focus on examining the role of fiber and prebiotics in medical nutrition therapy. Her extension outreach focuses primarily on nutrition and texture modified foods for individuals with swallowing disorders. 

“Dr. Dahl is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker. In addition to her research on swallowing disorders, she has hands-on experience and practical knowledge in the preparation and presentation of pureed foods,” said Julie England, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County. “This webinar will be helpful for professionals as well as parents of children with swallowing disorders.”  

Those interested in participating should register online at http://bit.ly/foodmodkids. For more information about the program, contact Julie England at 352-343-4101 ext. 2721 or emailing julieeng@ufl.edu.

The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The Foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.


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Julie England
352-343-4101 ext. 2721

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