Nutra-Net, Inc.
10940 Parallel Parkway
Suite K-286
Kansas City KS 66109
Hickman Mills Teen Health Mentors

 

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 836-2646
Mission Statement
Teach children to plan and prepare healthy meals and snacks that promote lifelong wellness.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Angie Lanigan
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Murphy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lisa Murphy, LLC - Health and Wellness Consultant
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Nutra-Ed, Inc.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Teach children to plan and prepare healthy meals and snacks that promote lifelong wellness.
Background Statement
Nutra-Net was established in 1985 as a Missouri 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Since its inception, Nutra-Net has been recognized as a Business in Good Standing, under the jurisdiction of the Missouri Secretary of State. It is commonly known that childhood obesity rates in the United States have nearly doubled over the past 10 years. Kansas City, Missouri has an even higher than the state average rate of obesity. The increase in childhood obesity and prevalence of chronic disease risk factors associated with obesity underscore the urgent importance of reaching youth with model programs that increase knowledge and skills to develop lifelong healthy eating patterns. Nutra-Net has two such model programs:
  1. Storytime Cooks, targeted to children preschool through 2nd grade and
  2. Whiz, Zip, & Zap It!, targeted toward students in grades 3-6.
Research shows that children are more likely to adopt healthy behaviors if they are exposed to activities that practice the desired behaviors. Nutra-Net's Storytime Cooks and Whiz, Zip, and Zap it! programs are unique in that they combine nutrition education with hands-on healthy snack preparation activities. Each of the 20 Storytime Cooks lessons begins with a culturally-diverse, food-themed storybook. The leader guide provides age-appropriate education objectives. The Whiz, Zip, & Zap It program focuses on food groups of the MyPlate, key nutrients in each food group, serving sizes, food safety and food preparation. The Whiz, Zip, Zap cookbook accompanies both curricula. The cookbook is spiral bound, in full-color, pictorial format, with simple word instructions. Pre-readers, young cooks, and those with limited English literacy can utilize the Whiz, Zip, Zap cookbook. All recipes use economical foods, and basic household cooking equipment.
Impact Statement
Nutra-Net’s Greatest Accomplishments in 2016: 
  1. Completed revision and update of pictorial cookbook, Whiz, Zip, and Zap It. New recipes joined old favorites.
  2. Completed Champions for Healthy Kids Grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation for work in an after-school program in Ottawa, KS. 
  3. Completed a program at the Boys and Girls Club in Wyandotte County, including training teens to help staff implement Whiz, Zip, Zap It program in the future with a grant from Wyandotte Health Foundation.
  4. Conducted 5 Girl Scout troop badge workshops.
 
The top three goals for 2016-2017 include:
  1. Sell Whiz, Zip, and Zap It as an e-book.
  2. Complete Strategic Planning efforts to ensure our mission is meeting the needs of the community. 
  3. Secure funds and establish partnerships with organizations to host at least 3 Camp Cook for Life or Whiz, Zip, or Zap It programs 
Needs Statement
Our work with school-age children builds the foundation for a healthy life. Through additional funding we could have a greater impact on families and meet the increasing needs in our community. Listed below are our top 5 needs for donations:
  1. Sponsorship for our programs and materials in schools; 
  2. Funds to print copies of our cookbook to accompany our programming.
  3. Marketing programs locally; and
  4. Offer new nutrition and cooking lessons in the community through direct programming.
Service Categories
Nutrition
Primary & Elementary Schools
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
MO
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Nutra-Net Board of Directors is committed to offering evidence-based nutrition and hands-on cooking programs that teach children and families the skills and knowledge they need to make simple, healthy meals at home. We look forward to serving greater numbers of children and families in our community over the next year, through school-based programs, Girl Scout programs, Nutrition Camps, and other avenues.  
Programs
Description This 5-lesson leader guide is designed to introduce the joys of cooking! Each lesson is designed to be 1-hour in length and in an easy to use format by the facilitator. Children learn food preparation skills, basic nutrition, and kitchen safety by working together in small groups.  Learning to prepare nutritious meals and snacks for themselves empowers kids to have healthier diets. This program also is based on the Whiz, Zip, Zap pictorial cookbook.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Families,
Short-Term Success
  • 66% of the students in the program grades K-5 will have increased the amount of meals and snacks prepared at home.
  • At least 75% of the students in the program grades K-5 will have an increase in attitude towards healthy eating and cooking at home.
  • At least 75% of the staff will have increase in knowledge and comfort level in conducting nutrition and cooking lessons.
Long-Term Success
  1. Prevent childhood obesity and its associated chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, sleep apnea, and asthma.
  2. Assist students in developing healthy eating habits, willingness to taste new foods, and learn skills to prepare healthy snacks and meals at home.
  3. Integrate Whiz, Zip & Zap It! curricula into 3rd through 6th grade programs with all School Districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
  4. School districts nationwide will utilize the Whiz, Zip & Zap It! program.
  5. Family meals at the dinner table with the television off will be a common occurrence.
  6. Children will participate in meal planning and grocery shopping for healthy foods.
  7. Children will eat until they are satisfied, and no more.
  8. Children will not be rushed to eat their food quickly or to eat everything on their plates. 
Program Success Monitored By

Nutra-Net best evaluates the success of Whiz, Zip & Zap It! through student, parent, and teacher surveys, pre-tests and post-tests, and anecdotal reports from children, parents, and teachers. 

Examples of Program Success
After a two-year Teen Health Mentor program with Hickman Mills High School students, the results are below:
  • 100% of the girls increased awareness of career options, including becoming a Registered Dietitian, Teacher, or Culinary Arts Profesional
  • 94% of them said they plan to attend college (whereas only 50% of their parents had completed college)
  • Students' nutrition knowledge increased as shown by a 79% score on the pretest and 8% score on the posttest.  

“I learned just as much as the kids. When I taught the MyPyramid lesson, I learned that the kids knew about it. I also had to learn the lesson before I taught it. All in all it was an unforgettable experience and one that I’ll cherish forever.”

“By participating in the Teen Health Mentor program, I have learned how to prepare nutritious foods, come up with new recipes on my own, and how to work with children. I loved how the recipes we prepared were quick, nutritious and most of all DELICIOUS!!”

“Those children really changed my life. Before we started to go over there, I was so nervous, but the more we went there, the more I started to love them. Going over there, reading to them, seeing the way they light up when we got to the good part of the story, made me feel so good inside. They wanted to hear what we had to say.”

Description
This training is available for all our curricula and is designed to train adults to effectively teach our cooking/nutrition programs. We have written all materials so they emphasize consistent, basic nutrition messages in each lesson.  In this two-hour training, participants are given hands on experience in preparing many of our simplified recipes and are provided with valuable teaching tips for cooking with children.  Each participant is given a Whiz, Zip, Zap pictorial cookbook for their personal use to help familiarize themselves with the recipes they will be preparing with children.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Families,
Short-Term Success
  1. 100% or more Teacher Training participants will pass the posttest by correctly answering questions related to nutrition, food safety, and kitchen equipment safety.
  2. 100% of teachers will report on the teacher evaluations that the overall quality of the lessons was excellent.
  3. 80% of Teacher Training participants will utilize the Online Training feature before each lesson.
  4. 100% of teachers trained will complete a series of 6 Nutra-Net lessons.
Long-Term Success

Prevent childhood obesity and its associated chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, sleep apnea, and asthma. All school districts in Jackson and Cass counties will adopt one of Nutra-Net’s child nutrition programs.  All school districts in Jackson and Cass counties will send every teacher to a Nutra-Net Teacher Training.  School districts nationwide will utilize Nutra-Net’s programs and online training feature to adequately prepare staff to teach the lessons.  Nutra-Net will grow into the leading resource for effective nutrition education materials.

Program Success Monitored By Nutra-Net best evaluates the success of Teacher Trainings through pre-and posttests, teacher surveys, and anecdotal reporting from children, parents and teachers regarding the program.
Examples of Program Success
As an average of all teacher trainings, pre-test scores average ~90% and post-test scores average ~100%.
 
The following lists the results of a sample survey from three sites, after the teachers were trained and completed a series of 6 lessons: Explain how the program benefited your students. -The children were able to learn healthy eating habits while having fun; They learned quick, tasty snacks that they can fix by themselves; It educated them about their eating habits and nutrition. Did children make the recipes from the cookbook at home? -Yes, they said it was easy and they wanted to impress their parents; I feel that I reached a good number of kids that liked the recipes enough to try them at home. Will your site continue the program in the future? -All three said Yes. Other stories: -My staff really enjoyed teaching the class; Children were excited to be able to cook. As soon as their parents would come to pick them up, they were sharing what they prepared. What a great opportunity this was, not only for the children, but for myself.
Description Nutra-Net presents cooking classes in many different settings. We have contracted with groups including after school care, College for Kids, Girl Scouts, and the Guadalupe Center.  We also do classes for private groups who want a cooking series for kids or private cooking parties.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Families,
Short-Term Success

Eighty percent or more Storytime Cooks students will pass the post-test by correctly identifying ‘sometimes’ and ‘everyday’ foods in the Headstart programs. One hundred percent of Storytime Cooks students will report that they liked the food they made each day of the program in the preschool programs.  Eighty percent or more Whiz, Zip & Zap It! students will pass the posttest by correctly answering questions related to nutrition, food safety, and kitchen equipment safety in the after school programs. One hundred percent of teachers will report on the teacher evaluations that the overall quality of the lessons was excellent.  One hundred percent of participants will taste the food they made each day of the program. Seventy percent or more participants will report making 2 or more cookbook recipes at home with their families.

Long-Term Success

Eliminate childhood obesity nationwide. All preschool, Headstart, and after school programs will adopt Nutra-Net’s Children’s Cooking Classes.  Family meals at the dinner table with the television off will be a common occurrence. Children will participate in meal planning and grocery shopping for healthy foods.  There will be no more “Picky Eaters”. Children will eat until they are satisfied, and no more. Children will not be rushed to eat their food quickly, nor will they be encouraged to eat everything on their plate.

Program Success Monitored By Nutra-Net best evaluates the success of the Children’s Cooking Classes through student, parent, and teacher surveys, pre-and post-tests, and stories from children and parents.
Examples of Program Success

Nutra-Net and Central City School District is entering its 7th year of partnership to provide children’s programs. Missouri Department of Health showed our children’s programs as the most effective in the state in Reducing Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among Minority Children. Hawthorn Head Start has used our programs for over 15 years, evidence for excellent program retention. Additionally, Hickman Mills School District has used our programs ever since they were first exposed to them three years ago. The Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) awarded Nutra-net its Nutrition Action Award.

Description
Camp Cook for Life is a three-hour interactive “camp” designed for kids in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. The goals of our camp are to foster an interest in cooking, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle through hands-on cooking and engaging, educational activities that promote evidence-based nutrition messages. During each session, campers are divided into small groups that rotate through four stations: 
  • Healthy Cooking - campers participate in hands-on cooking using healthy methods and sample the recipe.
  • Healthy Bodies - campers complete a yoga routine. 
  • Healthy Habits - teaches My Plate, food groups, and the importance of breakfast.  
  • Healthy Families - children practice place settings and learn ways kids can help families prepare for mealtimes together. 
Kids take home a packet of resources so that parents can continue to foster excitement in healthy lifestyle.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success
  1.  At post-test, the average nutrition knowledge scores will be at least 75% correct.
  2. At post-test, 100% of participants will correctly identify proper place setting.
Long-Term Success This is a one day program and therefore, extremely difficult to measure long term success. However, our ultimate goal is that 90% of participants would be able to prepare a simple, healthy meal with foods from at least 4/5 food groups at home.
Program Success Monitored By We use pre/post tests completed by participants to measure change in knowledge. We use observation of programming to determine if participants are learning appropriate hands-on cooking skills. Since we partner with organizations to provide programming (for example, an after-school site or Boys and Girls Club), we ask the coordinators and adults from the partner organizations to complete a brief Satisfaction Survey.
Examples of Program Success A child participant will leave our program and engage his/her parents in planning a meal or snack. He/she will be able to discuss components of a healthy meal and be able to prepare it with limited adult interaction.
CEO Comments

Nutra-Net offers a variety of teaching and training formats all based on experiential learning. We make nutrition education more user friendly with pictorial recipes, simplified nutrition illustrations and hands on involvement. All lesson materials have outcome-based learning evaluations. We make nutrition education effective for all ages. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Angie Lanigan
Term Start May 2015
Experience

Angie Lanigan is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with more than ten years experience in public health, research in primary care, direct patient care, and nutrition education through hands-on cooking. 

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mrs. Peggy Hausheer CFCS 1985 - 2009
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Nutra-Net collaborates with several partners in the community: Midwest Dairy Council, Central Catholic Schools, Hickman Mills School District, NCES, Grandview School District, Independence School District, GKC United Way, Independence School District, Girl Scouts, Young Women on the Move, Midwest Dairy, and the Guadalupe Center.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Team Nutrition AwardMissouri Dept. of Health2004
The Stuff Champions Are Made Of; ADA Times October 2005; Vol 3, Issue 1American Dietetic Association Times2005
Champions of Youth Brochure HighlightGeneral Mills2006
Champions for Healthy Kids GrantAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation2013
Champions for Healthy Kids GrantAcademy of Nutrition and Dieteics Foundation2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Nutra-Net has undergone a significant change in our target audience. Formerly, we focused our efforts on low income schools and community partners geographically near those schools. However, grant funding to conduct our programs has become increasingly difficult to obtain. In addition, there are a number of organizations serving the same populations including: University of Missouri Extension, Kansas State University Research and Extension, and Harvesters. Learning the skills necessary to cook healthy meals at home are not strictly an issue in low income neighborhoods. We plan to expand our reach into geographic areas that we have not traditionally served. In addition, we are looking for locations where participants would be able to come to us vs us go to them. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Murphy
Company Affiliation Lisa Murphy, LLC - Health and Wellness Consultant
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Email lisamurphykc@yahoo.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Diane Besler RD, LD
Mr. Cody Burgess NCES Nutritionn Catalog
Mrs. Crystal Howard Spencer Fane, LLP
Ms. Sarah Hudson Burns Advertising
Ms. Chris Jackson NCES
Mrs. Lisa Medrow RD, LDTotal Nutrition Techniques
Mrs. Lisa Murphy Wellness - self-employed
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Finance
Marketing
CEO Comments

In early 2015, Nutra-Net Board Members decided to pursue a systematic review of our mission, vision, and programming through a Strategic Planning process to ensure that community needs are being met with our programming. Our last efforts in this area were in 2008-2009. Nutra-Net completed a revision of our pictorial cookbook to better align the recipes with the programming we found most effective. We are currently determining the best niche for our hands-on nutrition and cooking in the greater Kansas City community.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $30,000
Projected Expenses $30,000
Endowment Value $3,780
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$33,524$25,625$32,902
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.390.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$18,254$19,313$9,218
Current Assets$18,254$19,313$9,218
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$18,254$19,313$9,218
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Nutra-Net's revised and updated curricula and cookbook couldn't be a more timely need given the media attention focused on childhood obesity.  We are well-positioned to embark on the upcoming years to continue to grow and provide effective nutrition education for our community.  We are forming new partnerships every year that enable all of us to deliver better, more comprehensive and cost-effective programs to help Kansas City kids be healthier!  Since moving our office to Wyandotte County, Kansas, we have made numerous contacts for partnerships within the community.  

Organization Name Nutra-Net, Inc.
Address 10940 Parallel Parkway
Suite K-286
Kansas City, KS 66109
Primary Phone (816) 836-2646
Contact Email angie@nutra-net.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Angie Lanigan
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Murphy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lisa Murphy, LLC - Health and Wellness Consultant
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Nutra-Ed, Inc.