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CYFC and others embody changing approaches to mental health work

By Cari Michaels, Extension educator, Children, Youth & Family Consortium

Minnesota is considering new ways to promote mental health.

This week I was inspired by the event "Note to Self: A Conversation About Innovative Ways to Care for your Mental Well-Being," co-hosted by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and the Science Museum of Minnesota.


New agreement expands financial education for Latinos in Greater Minnesota

By Antonio Alba Meraz, Extension educator in family resiliency

In fall 2017, University of Minnesota Extension launched a program with the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul. Its purpose was to provide financial education to people of Mexican ancestry in Greater Minnesota. The Consulate of Mexico provided a $5,000 grant to fund the program.

Creating healthier retail food environments

By Betsy Johnson, Extension educator in health and nutrition

As we work with our communities to improve access to healthy foods, one important setting is retail foods. Grocery stores, restaurants, and corner or convenience stores comprise the majority of places people in Minnesota get their food. I started working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Healthy Northland, our seven-county SHIP initiative in northeastern Minnesota, four years ago on the Community Wellness Grant to improve retail food environments.

Help us promote RentWise train-the-trainer workshops

By Becky Hagen Jokela, Extension educator in family resiliency

Being a successful renter has always required certain knowledge and skills. But today’s housing environment poses special challenges.

Two FD educators win dean’s award

Two educators with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development (FD) were among the winners of the Dean’s Distinguished Awards.

The FD winners were Gabriela Burk, financial capability educator based in Dodge County, and Ann Luke, SNAP-Ed educator based in Ramsey County. Gabriela received the program staff award, while Ann received the nutrition educator award.

Tap dancing, table hopping and other tales of relationship building

By Trina Adler, program leader in health and nutrition

Last week I tap danced with hundreds of people from across the country.

Tap dancing to get ready for the next session #NHOC2018pic.twitter.com/01koOE7P1P — Family Development (@UMNExtFD) May 2, 2018

Friend of NEAFCS award goes to Debra Landvik Letendre of MDE

By Mary Jo Katras, program leader in family resiliency

Debra Landvik Letendre, an educational specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), has received this year’s Friend of NEAFCS-Minnesota Affiliate Award. NEAFCS is the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. Extension staff and association members Kathleen Olson, Silvia Alvarez de Davila and Mary Jo Katras presented the award on behalf of the association at MDE offices on April 20.