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230 Nutrition, Families, and Consumer Sciences Advisor-Fresno and Madera Counties


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



This position is critical in Fresno and Madera Counties. Academic leadership in Nutrition, Families, and Consumer Sciences that is not limited by grant-funding is needed for UC to expand community collaboration and maximize behavior change.
Posted May 29, 2012 12:50 PM by Sara Bosse, Senior Nutrition Program Manager, UC CalFresh, UCCE Fresno County
This is a critical position to fill. Fresno County has the largest NFCS staff and currently does not have academic leadership. Fresno has long been a leader in nutrition programing not only in the UC system but also on a Statewide and National scale. If this position is not filled we could lose much of the visibility and strength that they have worked so hard to cultivate.
Posted Jul 13, 2012 2:42 PM by Theresa Spezzano
The NFCS advisor position is critically needed in the Fresno/Madera area. With poverty, food insecurity, obesity and obesity related illnesses (chronic disease) amongst the highest in the state from this region; when put in contrast with the same region being one of the highest agricultural producing counties in the world, leadership in nutrition and nutrition education is an essential need. Linking agriculture to nutrition is referenced in ANR’s Vision 2025. Having a NFCS advisor will help to foster stronger partnerships with agriculture, UC research and those we are serving in the communities. Over 42,000 participants were reached with the UC evidenced based curriculum and programs last year in the UC CalFresh program in Fresno County. As the director of UC CalFresh, Fresno is the largest program in terms of funding and those served. The nutrition programs have provided linkages to campus based research with national and state grants for obesity prevention and nutrition education. Without academic leadership provided to the current programs in the county, we in jeopardy of sustaining the great partnerships, programs and research currently provided.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 10:17 AM by David Ginsburg, Director UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program
This NFCS is of the highest priority to fill immediately. Fresno County has always had an outstanding nutrition program, reaching a very high-need population. The needs are equally great in Madera. The UC Davis campus AES faculty and specialists have been very actively engaged in major research projects in this county, with the possibility of long-term commitment. It makes sense to strengthen the campus-county continuum by adding a NFCS advisor to the UCCE Fresno/Madera team. This will sustain and build on current efforts, including a $4.8 million USDA AFRI project to prevent childhood obesity.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 11:30 AM by Lucia Kaiser
An NFCS Advisor in Fresno County would greatly improve communication with the UCANR State Office and provide the leadership needed to maintain excellence in: lesson deliveries, curriculum usage, data reporting, analysis, research, and recruitment.
Our Fresno County EFNEP “Team of Four” served over 5000 nutrition education lessons to more than 600 low income ADULT graduates in 2010-11 and reported measurable results in both knowledge gained and behavioral change.
The Fresno County Youth EFNEP “Team of Two” reached over 7000 children last year, assisting them through age-specific curricula to become strong, healthy members of Fresno County.
Our Nutrition Team benefits from a partnership with dietetic interns from California State University at Fresno (CSUF) through the American Dietetic Association Program. We hope that this, and other internships, is not in jeopardy, because their contracts require an Academic Advisor’s credentials to act as preceptor.

An NFCS Advisor would provide much needed knowledge in nutrition and food-related disciplines.
Fresno County shows great interest in a Master Food Preserver Certification Program, both from consumer calls (5-6 this past year) and from Master Gardeners at recent workshops. There have been several documented requests for pressure canner gauge testing as well.
More than 100 phone calls have been logged on: Food safety (especially eggs, mold on jams, rice cookers, potatoes, meringue, etc.); Food preservation (especially olives, pressure canners, pickling, drying etc.); Nutrition (edible mountain plants, nutri-facts label, food-drug interactions, etc.); and off-the-wall questions (removing pin feathers, source of morels, etc.)
Many on-demand and scheduled media opportunities (Hmong TV, Associated Press, PBS) have arisen which would benefit greatly by the credibility and knowledge of an NFCS Advisor.

Nelly Carrillo-Carlos, PRI
EFNEP Adult and Youth Nutrition Educator
Fresno County
Posted Aug 3, 2012 10:01 AM by Nelly Carrillo
The NFCS Advisor position strongly needed in the Fresno/Madera area. Fresno and Madera have some of the highest rates of food insecurity, poverty and chronic disease related issues amongst their populations. An NFCS Advisor would provide much needed education, research, facilitation of programs, and stronger credibility to existing programs at UCCE related to nutrition and food-related projects. I would encourage you to consider filling this position as it will allow continued support of current successful programs as well as facilitate new funding and collaboration opportunities for both Fresno and Madera UCCE offices.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 2:52 PM by Nichole Mosqueda, Regional Director- Central Valley Health Network
It is crucial that the NFCS Advisor position be filled immediately. This area of California is of high chronic disease risk. Much of the population is in great need of nutrition education, nutrition intervention and structured environments to provide a healthy regimen that supports newly acquired healthy habits- and current programs support these goals. An NFCS advisor is needed to continue the success, especially an advisor with strong background in nutrition expertise and a person with an understanding of policy that support these health related endeavors.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 4:40 PM by Gretchen George

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