- Author: Gene Thao
- Contributor: Shawna Rogers
- Editor: Emily Harris
Fresno County's UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program has a long standing partnership with the Fresno State Dietetic Internship Program. This blog post is part of our Intern Reflections Series.
UC Cooperative Extension is the perfect example of a local hero. While rotating through my dietetic internship at UC CalFresh, I had the opportunity to see what their program is all about. The UC CalFresh employees work very hard to bring nutrition to the table for families, adults, and children of all ages by teaching nutrition lessons at schools and taking part in community events. What I love the most about the program is their nutrition education for pre-school age children. Early prevention of obesity is crucial to keeping our community healthy and building a solid nutrition foundation for these children will have a huge impact on their future.
Here is a picture of me sitting in one of the pre-school classes while observing Nutrition Coordinator, Shawna Rogers, work with the students. She did a fabulous job teaching about nutrition through her use of games and songs about MyPlate.
This is a picture of Nutrition Coordinator, Brittanny Zweigle, going into Balderas Elementary School to sign teachers up for nutrition education lessons in their classrooms. She does a great job interacting with the teachers and building healthy relationships with them.
Seeing these nutrition educators behind the scenes was such a great experience and will serve as an amazing resource when I become a Registered Dietitian.