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Celebrating with Farm Bureau as they begin their Centennial year by receiving a proclamation from the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.

 

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Welcome Mandeep Virk-Baker to UCCE!

Dr. Mandeep Virk Baker is the Area Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences advisor for Fresno and Madera Counties. She received her Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. She also received her MPH degree and a Global Health Graduate Certificate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013.  

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She received her Registered Dietitian certification from the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 2014. Prior joining UCCE, Dr. Virk-Baker completed a post-doctoral Cancer Prevention  training at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. At NCI, Dr. Virk-Baker’s research was focused in the areas of dietary carcinogens, tobacco, nutrition, and global health. Dr. Virk-Baker has expertise in basic lab science, epidemiology, community nutrition, public health & policy.

She is excited to join our Fresno team and is looking forward to building collaborations for extension and research in Fresno and Madera. She is passionate about utilizing her scientific skills for improving health and wellbeing of our local communities.

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Families Improve Nutrition and Budget Practices

FAMILIES IMPROVE NUTRITION AND BUDGET PRACTICES

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Obesity and chronic diseases have been linked to poverty, lack of physical activity, and poor food habits. Using interactive teaching methods combined with setting individual and family goals, Sua Vang joined other Fresno Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) staff to teach 402 adults, who were at or below the 50% federal poverty level.  Almost half (43%) had less than a 12th grade education and half lived outside Fresno County's central city of Fresno.  Eight lessons were taught in community group settings or through home-based classes in English, Spanish, and/or Hmong. Lessons focused on skills to plan tasty, cost effective, and nutritious meals by shopping effectively and utilizing healthier food options.  Physical activity and food demonstrations were included in each lesson.  Pre-post testing showed positive behavior changes. Of the 402 adult program graduates, 93% showed improvement in at least one nutrition practice and 87% showed improvement in at least one food budgeting practice.

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The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is a statewide network of campus based Agricultural Experiment Station researchers and Cooperative Extension specialists located on the Berkeley, Davis and Riverside campuses working collaboratively with county-based Cooperative Extension advisors located in 50 county offices throughout the state.

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