The University of Montana’s Rural Institute
Format Health Promotion Program
The MENU-AIDDs health promotion program packages standard nutrition recommendations, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid, to work for people with intellectual disabilities and their supporters. MENU-AIDDs consists of two parts with optional evaluation consultation available: written materials which includes a 180-page coordinated resource on nutrition education and staff skill building, and in-person training of group home managers which addresses real world issues. MENU-AIDDs was scientifically evaluated in community group homes after 8 weeks and 6 months of use. Results showed that both overweight and underweight residents improved their weight significantly, gastrointestinal health showed significant improvements, menus and foods served in the homes improved, adequate and appropriate portion sizes were initiated, residents were satisfied with their meals, and there was an acceptable cost in staff time and dollars spent on food.
Kathleen Humphries, PhD of The University of Montana’s Rural Institute
Good Nutrition Ideas, LLC
PO Box 2412
Missoula, MT 59807