Thursday, August 23, 2007
Nutrition program gets new educator
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Extension Service has brought in Lori Box of Ashland to serve as nutrition educator for the Family Nutrition Program.
The county has been without an educator for about one and a half years, according to extension agent Janet Jolley.
After basic training, Box will begin working with youth in the schools and with adults to improve the health of Mississippians, Jolley said. Box is expected to start classes sometime in October.
“She will be teaching nutrition to children,” Jolley said. “It is really important because Mississippi has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. Our children are becoming more obese, which along with inactivity, is associated with childhood Type II diabetes.”
Adult obesity is also associated with diabetes, heart and renal disease and high blood pressure. These adult diseases are reaching distressing proportions in the state.
The nutrition education program is supported by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Department of Health Services.
“We are glad to have this back in our community and will be making school visits to set up the youth classes,” Jolley said.
School leaders can call the Extension Service at 662-252-3541 to request further information.
Adult nutrition education classes will be taught in association with local agency programs - WIC, TANF, the Health Department and the Housing Authority.
Box is a graduate of Hickory Flat High School and has worked three years as a teaching assistant at Ashland schools.
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