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202 Nutrition, Families, and Consumer Sciences Advisor - Napa, Sonoma, and Marin
- David Lewis - Main Contact
- NFCS Advisor Marin, Napa, and Sonoma (docx), uploaded 05/18/2012 by David Lewis
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.
Over the last 4 years, the UCCE Farm Advisor has been critical to the launch and success of the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden. We have relied on the guidance and support of the Marin County Farm Advisor. I don't believe we could have launched this remarkable teaching farm--that has become a national model--without the role played by the advisor. Thank you!
Increasing childhood obesity, rising rates of diabetes, and unacceptably high levels of food insecurity are recognized health priorities in Napa County. Numerous organizations in Napa County are engaged in addressing these issues and in expanding the availability of affordable, fresh local foods to everyone in Napa. A NFCS Advisor would bring an invaluable resource to the table in providing expertise and connectivity to ensure we are aware of and participating in cutting edge programs and research to determine what really works in addressing these issues in our communities. The Public Health Departments in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties already work collaboratively in addressing these critical issues. A NFCS assigned to our 3 counties would enhance our collaboration and help us to better integrate our efforts of those in the agricultural community.
Having a NFCS advisor position in Napa, Sonoma and Marin would be very beneficial and help to address unmet needs in this area. With additional funding coming into these counties for reaching low income audiences for obesity prevention, healthy eating, UCCE would be in a unique position to help lead and support these efforts with the evidenced based curriculum and programs the UC nutrition programs. As the director of the UC CalFresh program, I am contacted about delivering programs in these counties. Having a NFCS advisor will help to respond to these requests.
The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services supports the development of a Nutrition, Families, and Consumer Sciences Advisor position that would serve Marin and surrounding counties. DHHS recognizes the important role that UCCE plays in support of Marin’s Countywide Healthy Eating / Active Living Strategic Framework and the County’s Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention program. A UCCE staff person with an understanding of nutrition and the ability to transfer research-based principles to program design and research design methodologies will be of tremendous benefit to the health of all Marin residents.
The Napa County Board of Supervisors and County Executive Office highly value our partnership with the University of California Cooperative Extension. We benefited greatly from the programs and contributions of the prior Nutrition, Families, and Consumer Sciences Advisor. The proposed Advisor would reestablish this presence and more importantly, focus this resource on new and emerging nutrition issues facing our communities. These would include reducing the risk and impacts of obesity in youth and adults, increasing food security through community and school garden programs, safeguarding consumer health through food safety training, and providing technical input on important food system policy considerations. In Napa, we are committed to a strong local food system that supports our entire community. The proposed Advisor’s expertise will provide a valued perspective to initiatives under way in Napa County, such as the Live Healthy Napa County which is currently conducting a community health assessment. The proposed Advisor will be a welcomed partner and leader for these goals.
As a member of the Napa County Local Food Advisory Council, we are charged with the continuing goal of ensuring that healthy, fresh food is accessible for every member of our community. As we pursue our endeavor to meet this ongoing challenge, it is vital to have the resources to support this priority. The NFCS position would provide great assistance through nutrition education and outreach on the growing numbers we face with obesity, diabetes and food security. Some of the programs already in place include culinary programs for low income residents; cooking demos at the Napa farmers' markets, Rethink Your Drink, and $5 meal contests. We have established a solid network amongst community leaders towards the local food effort...it would be fantastic to have a go-to leader to continue the momentum and consolidate our efforts for the greater good.
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