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Bringing health to social media

As part of an initiative to reach out to a larger audience, the Michigan State University Extension Health and Nutrition Institute has enlisted the help of Julia Terhune, MSU Extension educational media coordinator, to establish a presence for the institute on social media. Julia and the team have created a Facebook page, Twitter handle, Pinterest account and more with the title “MI Health Matters.” They have been working tirelessly to reach the public with a steady stream of new information and content.

One of the projects that Julia has been working on to reach the public is a monthly podcast. The first episode, about nine minutes long, was posted on their Facebook page at the end of September.

The podcast talks about the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Project Fresh Program, and features Teressa Young, MSU Extension nutrition program instructor in Saginaw County, as well as James DeWise, mid-Michigan farmer. The Project Fresh Program provides vouchers to recipients of the WIC program, which allow them to purchase fresh Michigan-grown produce at local farmers markets. This is helpful both to the recipients, who have more fresh options with these vouchers, as well as to the local farmers who receive new business because of this program.

Listen to the whole podcast to learn more:

Great job, Julia!

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I Know MI Numbers health and wellness project wins health care award

The health and wellness project of the Michigan State University Extension I Know MI Numbers initiative won an Innovations in Health Care Award April 30 at the Lansing Champion of Hope Tribute Dinner. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and its partners sponsor the awards.

The project won first place in the category that recognizes projects that promote knowing the four health indicators of Gov. Snyder’s 4 x 4 plan: body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol level and blood sugar.

The team knew the project was a finalist but did not know it won first place until it was announced at the dinner. They received a plaque and $1,000.

The MSU Extension I Know MI Numbers initiative focused on five key areas relating to Gov. Rick’s Snyder’s dashboard, which provides an assessment of the state’s performance in key areas including education, health and wellness, financial health, infrastructure, talent, public safety, and energy and environment.

In the health and wellness area, our I Know MI Numbers project focused on healthy weight in residents of Saginaw and Genesee counties. It examined the effectiveness of nutrition education programs to address healthy eating, physical activity and health indices in adults. Participants attended a weekly series of classes emphasizing behavioral goals and strategies associated with healthy weight. Data analysis showed statistically significant changes related to several health behaviors and indices.

MSU Extension educators Dawn Earnesty and Christy Rivette accepted the award. They also presented a poster on the project. Legislators, health care providers, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, the Michigan Department of Community Health staff members and the business community attended the dinner.

In addition to Dawn and Christy, the I Know MI Numbers health and wellness team includes Dr. Dawn Contreras, Sheilah Hebert, Lynette Kaiser, Margaret Lashore, Freda McNair, Cathy Newkirk, Dr. Olga Santiago, Kris Swartzendruber, Donna Taylor, Lisa Treiber, Christina Warner and Teressa Young.

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