About This Webinar
The lack of adequate access to the appropriate selection, quality, or amount of food to maintain a healthy lifestyle has the potential to take both a physical and mental toll on developing teens. In 2023, military teens shared their experiences regarding food insecurity in the National Military Family Association (NMFA) Military Teen Experience Survey. Of the 939 NMFA survey respondents ages 13 through 19, over one third (37%) reported experiencing some level of food insecurity within the past 30 days.
This webinar highlights emergent data around military teen’s experiences and the impacts of food security on their lives. Presenters also discuss BLOOM: Empowering the Military Teen, a resource created by military teens for military teens. This network’s goal is to connect teens to each other, create space for them to talk about their unique experiences, and find support from fellow military teens. Additionally, presenters share current advocacy efforts to combat food insecurity in the uniformed services.
- Understand statistics around military teens and their experiences of food insecurity
- Identify how food insecurity may affect a teen’s mental well-being and daily life
- Examine NMFA resources for teen support (i.e. BLOOM network)
- Review how local communities, states, and the federal government can respond
Aspen Bergmann — Strategic Impact, NMFA
Aspen Bergmann is a dedicated professional with a passion for understanding the needs of the military community. With a background in research from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and University of Kentucky, Aspen has honed her skills during her time at the Department of Defense and the National Military Family Association. Aspen’s contributions to NMFA’s Research and Insights team have been instrumental in providing crucial data to inform programming and advocacy.
Raleigh Duttweiler — Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, NMFA
Eileen Huck – Senior Deputy Dir. for Government Relations
Eileen Huck became Deputy Director in the Government Relations Department in October, 2012 after previously holding positions in the Youth Initiatives and Development Departments. In her role as Government Relations Deputy Director, Eileen monitors issues relevant to the quality of life of families of the uniformed services.
Continuing education credit is available.