MSU Extension team receives regional and state win at MEAFCS regional meeting

A Michigan State University Extension team was a Michigan Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MEAFCS) first place winner for the Central Region and a state winner in the category “Program Excellence through Research” at the regional meeting that took place Sept. 17 at the Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The team entered the project “Effectiveness of a Healthy Weight Curriculum for Low-Income Clientele.” In an effort to strengthen the impacts of Extension programs, MSU Extension seeks to improve the dietary quality and physical activity of children, youth, adults and seniors. To achieve this goal, the I Know MI Numbers: Eat Right, Active Life study examined the effectiveness of a nutrition education program to facilitate changes in healthy eating, physical activity, weight, waist circumference and body mass indices in adults. Data Analysis showed statistically significant changes of participants related to eating behaviors; physical activity, sedentary activity and weight; waist circumference and Body Mass Index.

The team included former state SNAP-Ed coordinator Ben Chamberlain, Health and Nutrition Institute director and senior Extension specialist Dawn Contreras, Extension associate program leader Sheilah Hebert, former Extension educator Christy Rivette, Extension specialist Olga Santiago, and Extension educators Dawn Earnesty, Margaret LaShore (retired), Cathy Newkirk, Kris Swartzendruber and Lisa Treiber.

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