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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.  

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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Nutrition Education Through Media is Considered a Credible Source

Nutrition Education Through Media is Considered a Credible Source

Nutrition Education Through Media is Considered a Credible Source

Over half-million viewers received nutrition education through 26 television segments. Connie Schneider conducted twelve nutrition segments on Central Valley Public Television’s 0 to 5 in 30 Minutes, a weekly program focusing on issues important to parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to five years old. Connie’s topics ranged from breastfeeding to preventing malnutrition and reading food labels. Shows were aired twice weekly and 11 of Connie’s segments were placed on YouTube. Other Fresno stations utilized Connie's expertise when new research came across the wire service, such as Vitamin D's impact on chronic disease and food safety issues. Nutrition staff members also worked with media. Nelly Carrillo had nine segments teaching nutrition messages from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program on Univision.


Segments were repeated on Telemundo, which reached approximately 80,000 viewers! Did viewers learn from media nutrition education? Connie's focus group research revealed viewers trusted credible sources, they used the recipes and appreciated local food, nutrition, and health information.

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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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