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Military Teen Experiences and Food Security

October 26, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


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 teens’ 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe 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) 
  • Discuss 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. As a military spouse herself, she has experienced first-hand the unique challenges faced by her community and remains committed to protecting their wellbeing and creating meaningful change for military families nationwide.

Raleigh Duttweiler — Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, NMFA

Once upon a time, Raleigh was a journalist… but then she logged into Facebook, got distracted, and became a social media geek. She’s passionate about public relations, social media, and the power of social technologies to build authentic relationships that lift up a community. Raleigh holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. She and her husband, a Marine Corps Officer, have three small children, a dog, and more moving stickers stuck on their furniture than they can count.

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. Her primary area of focus is health care, to include the Military Health System, TRICARE, and behavioral health care. In this capacity, she serves as the co-chair of The Military Coalition’s (TMC) Health Care Committee and as the Association’s representative on the TRICARE for Kids Coalition.  Eileen also handles issues related to wounded warriors and military caregivers. SShe has been recognized for her work advocating on behalf of military-connected children by the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) and the Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA). 

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Continuing Education
  • Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Programming approval for 1.0 CE credits has been obtained for Social Work, LPCs, and LMFTs from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 26, 2025. 
  • Case Managers: This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board-certified case managers with 1.0 clock hours. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 26, 2024. 
  • Certified Family Life Educators: This program has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for 1.0 CE credit for CFLEs. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 26, 2028. 
  • Board Certified Patient Advocates: This program has been submitted to The Patient Advocate Certification Board to provide CE credit to Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). The course has been approved for a total of 1.0 CE contact hours, of which 0.0 are in the area of Ethics. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 26, 2025. 
  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This webinar is approved for 1.0 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 26, 2028. 
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTRs): This webinar is approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 1.0 CPEUs for RDNs and NDTRs. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 26, 2026.
  • OneOp Certificates of Attendance are available for those interested in documenting additional professional development activities.

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Food Security in Focus

2023 MFRA logo wheat icon in front of a blue starTake advantage of OneOp’s Food Security in Focus collection, offering live and on-demand programming related to food security. 

Among our nation’s active-duty service members and their families, an estimated 24 percent are food insecure. Food insecurity adversely impacts racial/ethnic minority populations, lower-income populations, and rural and remote populations. Additionally, a rise in economic insecurity throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to increased food insecurity in vulnerable populations. Join OneOp as we focus on expanding food security for the military family and mobilizing family service professionals at federal, state, and local levels to work together on this issue.

Food Security in Focus


October 26, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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