- Peter Ekadu joined the Southwest Region SNAP-Ed Team on September 8 in Yellow Medicine County. Peter is originally from Uganda. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics degree, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Administration, and a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration. He enjoys working with low-income communities on health promotion and prevention strategies. He has previously done research on holistic health promotion in “bateyes" (company towns where sugar workers live) in the Dominican Republic. He also started and coordinated an Employee Diabetes Prevention Program at McLaren-Central Michigan Hospital. He is excited to continue working with diverse groups and individuals to promote healthy living and better nutrition in his new role.
- Beth Labenz joined the Southwest Region SNAP-Ed Team on September 8 in Watonwan County. Beth has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a minor in Community Health. She spent the last five years working as an optician and optometric technician at an eye clinic, teaching patients the importance of preventive health care. She is familiar with the St. James area in which she’ll be working, as she did an internship with Watonwan County Public Health and she grew up near Welcome, MN, which is 20 minutes south of St. James. Beth is looking forward to moving back to the area and working to improve the health and lifestyles of the people living there.
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