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U of M Extension and ECHO partner on November multilingual nutrition TV program

"Active Living and Healthy Eating on a Budget," airing on tpt in November in four languages, works to help Minnesotans lead healthier lives.

October 22, 2012

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in 10 Minnesotans struggle to get enough food. With limited time and money, being physically active and choosing healthy food to eat can be difficult.

The Healthy People 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that new immigrants, especially those of African or Mexican descent, are at a higher risk of having diabetes. Regular exercise and eating nutritious foods decrease the risk for diabetes, obesity, and other diseases. Fortunately, there are resources and services available to help overcome time and financial limitations, leading to lifestyle changes everyone can make to improve their health. 

To help the community learn more about eating healthy and becoming more active on a budget, ECHO has collaborated with University of Minnesota Extension’s “Simply Good Eating” program to produce a 30-minute television program in four languages (Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and basic English).

“The Simply Good Eating program provides up-to-date health and nutrition information and fun, hands-on activities to help people with limited incomes choose healthy foods and active lifestyles,” said Ryan Johnson, Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Liaison.

“Active Living and Healthy Eating on a Budget” will air on tpt’s Minnesota Channel (Comcast Channel 202 or 243 depending on location) and local access stations across Minnesota (check local listings), as well as online at in November. ECHO will also be distributing free DVDs of this program to the community. Request a DVD by emailing

The tptMN broadcast schedule is as follows:

  • November 4 at 7 p.m. in English: Guests – Angie Thornhill, Extension Community Nutrition Educator and Roxanne Robinson, Cass Lake Diabetes Education Program
  • November 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Spanish: Guests – Sophia London, HCMC Community Health Worker and Roman Gonzalez, HCMC Community Health Worker
  • November 11 at 7 p.m. in Hmong: Guests – Extension Community Nutrition Educators Patsy Lee and Chee Xiong Yang
  • November 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Somali: Guests – Extension Community Nutrition Educators Abdihamid Geyre and Nawal Hirsi

This material is funded in part by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP provides nutrition assistance to people with low income.

More about “Simply Good Eating”
The University of Minnesota Extension’s “Simply Good Eating” program uses evidence-based strategies and best practices to promote healthy lifestyles for people with limited incomes. Participants learn ideas for fresh, flavorful, low-cost meals along with ways to put more activity into their life. Community nutrition educators work with participants to build a simple, healthful plan that fits with their lifestyle and budget. The “Simply Good Eating” program worked with 70,000 participants statewide in 2011. Visit for more information.

About ECHO
ECHO’s mission is to collaborate with diverse communities to deliver programs and services that help people be healthy, contribute, and succeed. Visit for more information.

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