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Thursday, February 22, 2018

A mentor can help you grow professionally


By Mary Jo Katras, program leader in family resiliency

Kitten with meme text that says "Excuse me, will you be my mentor?"
Source: memecreator.org

It’s performance review time again. This is when we look back on what we accomplished last year and set our plan of work (POW) for the coming year. The POW includes both program goals and our professional development goals.

2018 National Health Outreach Conference coming May 2-4

Logo of conference that says "Engaging in a culture of health: Making Waves in the Land of 10,000 Lakes."
The 2018 National Health Outreach Conference is coming soon, and the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development is hosting! The conference, “Engaging in a Culture of Health: Making Waves in the Land of 10,000 Lakes,” is set for May 2-4 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

SuperShelf makes super progress


By Laura Bohen, Extension educator in health and nutrition

Last spring the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health received a $3.2 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to evaluate the effectiveness of the SuperShelf program. U of M Extension health and nutrition staff are assisting with the evaluation.

One male and one female choosing food at a food shelf.

So how are things going, you may ask? In a word: super! I’m happy to say that the SuperShelf study is progressing at a steady clip.

Schoolyard gardens conference features Family Development connections


By Mary Vitcenda, senior editor, Center for Family Development

“Establishing Roots” is the theme of the upcoming Minnesota Schoolyard Gardens Conference, which will include several sessions with connections to the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development (FD).

Three new SNAP-Ed educators join Family Development


Three new SNAP-Ed educators have joined the Extension Center for Family Development (FD): Abu Farah, Shanda Walker and Elizabeth “Liz” McLaughlin.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Any questions? Mindful Q and As help us better serve our clients and communities


By Trina Adler, program leader in health and nutrition

Woman holding a phone that says I'll be asking the questions from now on.
Source: www.exsulto.com

The other day I witnessed a couple of Family Development staff do a very courageous thing: They asked a question. They asked about some innovative, edgy work they were doing, knowing full well that the answer they receive might force them to back off from the path they were taking.
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