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How to Bring Extensions to Your Library: Highlighting Programs from Penn State Extension

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Extension offices are trusted partners for libraries of all kinds! They are strong community resources, and in addition to providing practical, trusted information to communities, can offer incredible educational opportunities for libraries. Join MAR to hear how Penn State Extension partners with libraries in Pennsylvania by offering programs like Dining with Diabetes, and Penn State Nutrition Links. Learn about these programs, and how programs like these could benefit your patrons.

Penn State Extension’s Nutrition Links program offers researched-based adult educational classes, which encompasses hands-on activities, physical activities and cooking demonstrations to enhance the quality of nutrition for participants’ families. Nutrition Links is taught weekly in a series of four, two-hour classes.

Penn State Extension’s Dining with Diabetes is a nationally accredited, research-based program for adults with, or at risk of developing, type 2 diabetes. Family members and/or friends are also invited to attend the program. Classes are offered weekly for four weeks, with a three-month follow-up. Participants learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, simple, and tasty. Participants have the opportunity to help prepare recipes and sample the foods and will also learn up to date information on nutrition, planning, and important diabetes-related medical tests.

Speaker bios:
Employed by Penn State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State Extension of Luzerne County, Mary Ehret, M.S.,R.D., L.D.N., received her B.S. in Dietetics from the State University of Oneonta, New York, her Master in Nutrition from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania were she also received her Dietetic Registration. She has obtained her Pennsylvania license and is a licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. Mary presently works in the areas of Food Families and Health. She also has the responsibility for overseeing the Penn State Nutrition Links program in the northeast area of Pennsylvania.

Mandel Smith works as a full-time extension educator with Penn State University in Montgomery County, PA. She has a strong background and interest in diabetes education and conducts the Penn State Extension Dining with Diabetes program in her local area. Over the years she has conducted over 20 class series and reached hundreds of participants with information about diabetes self-management. In addition to diabetes education, Mandel also manages the local Strong Women/Growing Stronger program. This program provides strength training classes for senior women and men. Mandel has been an active member of the Penn State Food Safety Education team since she started with the organization. As a member of this team, Mandel teaches food handler certification classes and home food preservation workshops. As a member of the Penn State University Nutrition Links and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program team, Mandel edits the state program newsletter and chairs the outreach committee. Mandel is an active member of several professional organizations including the Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network, the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Epsilon Sigma Phi National Extension organization and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Mandel holds a Master of Science degree from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University in Hampton, VA in Family and Consumer Sciences. Mandel is also a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Dec 12, 2018
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is now closed to registrants.

Class Overview

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