Extension professionals' strengths and needs related to nutrition and health programs

Ninfa Peña-Purcell, Elaine Bowen, Virginie Zoumenou, Ellen R. Schuster, May Boggess, Melinda M. Manore, Shirley A. Gerrior

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We report results of a Web-based nationwide survey of nutrition and health Extension specialists representing 42 states. Survey items (n = 36) assessed five areas: curriculum review, nutrition and physical activity, professional training, communication, and evaluation. An internal curriculum review was common, but few states shared their criteria or process on-line. The majority of respondents reported discussing physical activity, and over half lead physical activities. Most favored on-line professional development training and a one-stop website for sharing information and resources. Evaluation data were most commonly collected for food safety, healthy eating and physical activity, and food resource management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3RIB2
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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