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January 2022

Mass Media: Sustaining Pollinators Publication Reissued

The Mass Media: Sustaining Pollinators fieldbook published by Extension Foundation in 2020 is now available in a flipping book format to be consistent with other publications on the Extension Foundation’s new Publication Bookshelf on Connect Extension. The publication is a result of a three-year collaboration between the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) and a team from Prairie View A&M University in Texas. NPSEC has been supporting pollinator health since 2017,...

Head of McCormick Science Institute's Shout Out to Nutrition Education!

On Tuesday, January 18, 2022 the Executive Director of the McCormick Science Institute, Dr. Hamed Faridi, appeared on Progress, Potential, and Possibilities’ YouTube channel podcast . Dr. Faridi heavily showcased USDA, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans , and the Thrifty Food Plan given that this is the basis for MSI’s research program, as well as its translational work. Specifically: Throughout the interview, he highlighted the importance of USDA and its programs, citing the Dietary...

CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY 1890 LAND-GRANT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND ARD RESEARCH SCIENTIST JOINS NATIONWIDE CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING

Brandy Phipps, Ph.D., Central State University Assistant Professor and Project Leader for a recent historic $10 Million grant, joined notable leaders such as Senators Cory Booker and John Cornyn to discuss the need to invest in Sustainable Nutrition Science! WILBERFORCE, OH –Our Health, Our Planet, Our Future: The Urgent Need to Invest in Sustainable Nutrition Science congressional briefing, hosted by the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy and the Union of Concerned...

ICYMI: Using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to Promote Healthy Aging

This week, Julia Quam from the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion joined us for a wonderful webinar on Using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to Promote Healthy Aging. For the first time, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 provides nutrition guidance by life stage, including specific guidance for older adults. Older adults have unique nutrition needs, experience changes in body composition, and face increased risks of malnutrition and chronic disease,...

Relationship Challenges and Counseling for Military Couples

Military couples are very resilient and roll with the changes. They face many challenges that civilian couples rarely deal with, like multiple moves, deployments, and various other transitions. Challenges might also take the form of physical injury or invisible wounds of war, like traumatic brain injury, and PTSD. Sometimes spouses and children must take on caregiver roles as well. Even though there are similar issues that many military couples face, every relationship is different. And many...

Federal Nutrition Innovations Funding Opportunity

The Administration for Community Living has announced the following Funding Opportunity: Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services - Research HHS-2022-ACL-AOA-INNU-0017 This FOA includes two project approaches. Applicants select one project model to implement: Project Model A: Demonstrate Congregate Meal Program Impact on Nutrition, Socialization, Health, and Well-being Outcomes. Project Model B: Evaluate and Sustain Effective, Non-Traditional Senior Nutrition Program Delivery Models.

Professional & Amateur gap

Developing our leadership is a lifelong pursuit. It takes constant learning about ourselves and awareness of the influence we have. If you're like me, you enjoy reading, watching, listening to something on leadership most days. It's a good habit for continued growth as we get diverse perspectives from everything we digest. One of the things we can do to help integrate new learnings into our lives is to take notes on what is important to us from these books, videos, articles and podcasts we...

The Changing World of Medicaid: What to Watch for in 2022

Medicaid, the single largest source of health coverage in the United States, is a joint federal and state program that provides health coverage to children, pregnant women, parents, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Join the Military Families Learning network at 11:00 a.m. ET on February 23, 2022, as Christopher Plein, Ph.D., Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Public Service at West Virginia University, discusses Medicaid, new program developments and possibilities for the...

UArizona Associate/Full Extension Specialist - Nutrition

Job Title: Cooperative Extension Specialist (Associate/Full) Location: The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona Job Overview: The School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness and Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona welcomes applicants for a continuing-track (tenure-track equivalent) Associate Specialist or Specialist (90% Extension/10% Service FTE) to begin in Fall 2022 or sooner. The incumbent will be responsible for leadership, strategic planning, and oversight of statewide...

Movement and Mental Health

As the pandemic continues, the rates of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression steadily continue to climb. During times of quarantine, while working virtually, or when managing a new schedule, it is easy to forget about adding movement to your day. Sedentary activities like watching tv, video gaming and computer work are dominating our current society while mental health is on the decline. One approach to lowering bouts of anxiety and depression, improving mood, and gaining...

30% NY Initiative: Opportunities, Barriers, and Pathways to Success

The 30% NY Initiative: Opportunities, Barriers, and Pathways to Success report is a product of Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany County. The report analyzes procurement data from 53 of the 57 school food authorities (SFAs) that qualified for the 30% NY Initiative during the 2019- 20 school year. In addition to analyzing procurement data, we surveyed successful SFAs to understand how they altered their diversions and use of entitlement funds...

Legacy of Selfless Service

Monday, 17 January 2022 is the 35th year of the celebration that remembers Dr. King's lifetime of public service. As well as a federal holiday, it's also known as a day of service when Americans are encouraged to volunteer with charities to help their communities. One of my first semesters in college the student body was included in a decision about the number of days off we had for holidays each spring semester. Before the decision there were several "town hall" discussion sessions to...

Servant Leadership and Job Satisfaction among Extension Employees

Are you a servant leader? Is being a servant leader related to your job satisfaction in your Extension career? I am conducting research for a doctoral dissertation on the relationship between Servant Leadership Style and Job Satisfaction among Extension employees. I am interested in all types of work within Extension, 1862, 1890, 1994 and at all levels from support staff to upper level administration, and in all discipline areas and specialties. As an employee in any part of the Cooperative...

Community Resiliency Professional Development Opportunities During the January 2022 Impact Collaborative Summit

Community Resiliency Professional Development Opportunities for Members The January 2022 Summit will focus on Community Resilience. Teams from Extension Foundation member institutions and special guests will: Learn the value of integrating community resilience into planning for collective action. Examine existing power structures, formal and informal social infrastructures through an equity lens. Increase their ability to position Cooperative Extension as an organization that can inform and...

Moving Your New Year’s Resolution to a SMARTer Goal

by Sara Croymans, MEd, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension and PI for MFLN Family Transitions It is so hard to believe that we are already well into the second week of January. With the new year comes discussions about setting resolutions to move us closer to an identified goal. According to the latest Economist /YouGov Poll , the most popular resolutions are to become healthier, personal improvement or happiness, and of course, losing weight. Individuals may experience...

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