Earlier this month, Diana Fair, an educator in the Michigan State University Extension Health and Nutrition Institute, accepted the Priester Award for her own and her colleagues’ work with the Dining With Diabetes program. The award was presented while Diana was attending the National Health Outreach Conference in Atlanta, GA.
According to the conference website, “The Jeanne M. Priester Award honors the accomplishments and contributions of Jeanne M. Priester to the Cooperative Extension System. Priester was a leader in advancing health education within the Cooperative Extension System during her tenure at the United States Department of Agriculture.
“The purpose of the award is to honor Extension programs that are positively impacting the health of people across the United States, and that are providing the leadership to expand Extension’s capacity to effectively implement health programs. The Priester Award recognizes county, state and national health education programs that are sound and innovative.”
Dining With Diabetes received this national award because of the program’s positive impact on people with diabetes across the country. Extension professionals reach out to individuals with diabetes and their families to show them practical, research-based ways to manage diabetes. As a member of the National Extension Dining with Diabetes work team, Diana was the representative from MSU Extension. The work team is currently composed of over eighteen land grant universities including Michigan State University, the goal of this group is to promote and provide research-based diabetes education across the country.
Congratulations to Diana and those providing Dining With Diabetes programming across the state!