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Here’s a monthly roundup of regional media coverage on the work of Family Development staff and partners.

How I tackled writing my own health care directive
Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 5, 2017

Columnist Gail Rosenblum reflects on her journey delving into end-of-life issues. Near the end of her journey, she downloaded the Minnesota Health Care Directive Planning Toolkit, developed under the leadership of Marlene S. Stum, professor and Extension specialist in family resiliency.

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, May 15, 2017

Partnerships between Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and food shelves benefit clients. When clients visit the ECHO Food Shelf in Mankato, they enter a place subtly structured to help them make nutritious choices.

Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth
Association for Library Service to Children, May 16, 2017

On May 15, educators from University of Minnesota Extension visited Rochester Public Library to deliver the workshop “Lessons from the Field: Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth” to 77 youth workers from the area. This workshop focused on providing gender-inclusive environments in order to support healthy habits and positive body image for transgender youth.

One Vegetable, One Community Program to begin
Hometown Focus, May 19, 2017

Virginia, MN will kick off a local One Vegetable One Community (OVOC) program on Thursday, June 1. The vegetable this year is peas. OVOC is a joint effort of three University of Minnesota programs: Extension SNAP-Ed, Institute on the Environment, and Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. This initiative unites communities around a specific vegetable and encourages gardeners of all levels to plant, grow, cook, and share that featured vegetable.

What is the Extension Office?
Granite Falls Advocate Tribune, May 19, 2017

Many people are unaware of what an “Extension office” really does. Kia Harries, Extension regional director in Southwest Minnesota, said, “We have a presence across Minnesota and we say we’re the front door of the University across the state.” She also said Extension provides a number of important programs to Lyon County, including those offered by Family Development. The article also references a program started by the Lyon County Extension Office called “SNAP-ED WORKS.” This program, to which U of M SNAP-Ed Educator Darlyce Rangaard contributes, challenges people to create healthier lifestyles.

Grand opening for Medford Farmers Market slated for June 1
Owatonna People's Press, May 23, 2017

Andrea Kronbach, SNAP-Ed educator, is one of a number of partners working to start a farmers market in Medford. The market will accept EBT cards, making it the only market within a 40-mile radius that offers that benefit to low-income individuals and families.

Lamas honored for distinguished service
Worthington Daily Globe, May 25, 2017

Financial Capability Educator Jose Lamas in Nobles County was recently honored as one of four recipients of the 2017 University of Minnesota Extension Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service. Nominees for the awards are considered for their accomplishments, teamwork, inclusiveness, and success in exceeding expectations. The honorees’ contributions exemplify excellence and support the Extension educational mission.

ICPD classes help people avoid diabetes diagnosis
Worthington Daily Globe, May 26, 2017

SNAP-Ed Educator Maria Paez Sievert spoke about pre-diabetic diets in a class hosted at the Worthington Area YMCA. The class is part of the “I CAN Prevent Diabetes!” (ICPD) program, which serves to educate and inspire individuals identified as pre-diabetic to improve their overall health profile before they develop diabetes.

Donna Anderson earns U of M Extension’s Distinguished Staff Award for Nutrition Education
Park Rapids Enterprise, May 28, 2017

Donna Anderson, SNAP-Ed educator for Hubbard and Becker counties, recently received the 2017 University of Minnesota Extension Dean's Award for Distinguished Extension Nutrition Educator. Donna was nominated by her supervisor, SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator Sara Van Offelen. Sara cited Donna’s "noteworthy projects," covering multiple counties, as reasons for recognition.

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