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Monday, March 14, 2016

Meet the EFNEP Team

Simple addition tells us that the staff of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) has over 170 years of experience. Let’s meet the talented community nutrition educators that make this program possible.



Back row, from left: Jennifer Ogren — 17.5 years; Takayla Lightfield — 7 months; Roberto Martinez — 6 months; Yoha Christianson — 4 years; Michael Stratten — 7 months.

Middle row, from left: Tou Yang — 9 months; Alicia Perales-Esparza — 7 years; Jaime Harris — 8 months; Dawn Montgomery — 15 years; Joyce McGee-Brown — 17 years; Chee Yang — 27.5 years; Karen Kulus — 8 years.

Front row, from left: Cassandra Silveira, Extension Educator — 14 months; Christine Navarro, Program Coordinator — 15 years; Fay McLain, Program Coordinator — 27.5 years.

Not Pictured: Roger Dahmen — 32 years.

For more information on EFNEP, see Just What is EFNEP? And subscribe to Health and Nutrition News to get to know our individual team members, their backgrounds, what community agencies they are partnering with, and more!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Passport to Flavor: Mexican Traditions

This month, we’re kicking off the new Passport to Flavor series that will explore different cultures and their food traditions. We hope you find this information useful in your work with children and families from various cultures, as well as a source of ideas on how to teach children about other cultures.

Our first guest blogger is Maria Paez-Sievert, a SNAP-Ed educator with University of Minnesota Extension who will be sharing her perspective on the Mexican culture.


Hola (hello), my name is Maria Paez-Sievert. I was born and raised and Mazatlán, Mexico, and came to live in the USA 21 years ago. Prior to working for Extension, I worked at Head Start for 14 years. My favorite food from Mexico is called “Mole Poblano.” It contains about 20 ingredients, including chili peppers and chocolate, which helps give the sauce its dark color.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

Kids have more taste buds
than adults, so food may taste
stronger to them.
Did you know that you have about as many taste buds in your mouth as Minnesota has lakes? Give them a treat by mixing things up and trying some new foods. March is National Nutrition Month® and a great time to "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right."

Here are some ideas and recipes to try:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Wake Up to School Breakfast

By Mary Schroeder, Extension educator and registered dietitian

Mornings with children at home can be hectic. One or both parents are probably getting ready for work while also dressing young children for day care and corralling older ones for school. Teenagers may be leaving earlier than other family members for a morning sports practice. With such busy schedules, it is nice to know that most schools offer breakfast.

It is important that children (as well as adults) start the day with breakfast. Children who eat breakfast reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math, concentrate better, are more alert, retain more of what they learn, and have fewer behavior problems.
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