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NDSU Nationally Recognized Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Awareness Extension — Extension and Ag Research News

North Dakota State University extension staff was recognized at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Session held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

NDSU Extension family and community wellness professionals have been recognized for the Road to Better Health program Cooking and Baking Schools Go Virtual. They placed first in the central region and first in the nation. The team members were:

  • Julie Garden-Robinson, food and nutrition specialist
  • Donna Anderson, agent in Eddy and Foster counties
  • Erin Berentson, Agent in Bottineau County
  • Ellen Bjelland, Agent in County Ward
  • Kari Helgoe, Agent in Pembina County
  • Marcia Hellendsaas, Agent in McKenzie County
  • Courtney Hoikkala, Agent in McLean County
  • Cindy Klapperich, (former) Sargent County Officer
  • Sara Laite, Agent in Ramsey County
  • Deb Lee, Agent in Ransom County
  • Kendra Metcalfe, agent in McHenry County
  • Susan Milender, Agent in Barnes County
  • Christina Rittenbach, Agent in Stutsman County
  • Rita Ussatis, agent in Cass County
  • Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, Agent in Burleigh County

The program engaged youth in virtual after-school classes to increase their knowledge and skills in food preparation and improve their knowledge of food science and nutrition.

“Eating nutritiously and knowing how to prepare food can improve quality of life and save millions of dollars in community health care costs for North Dakotans,” said Carrie Johnson, associate director of NDSU outreach and responsible for the family and community well-being program. “The team, led by Julie Garden-Robinson, provides valuable assistance to the citizens of North Dakota that provides practical and applicable tools for individuals and families.”

“We appreciate the many community partners who have helped us implement these programs across the state. We also acknowledge the financial support of the National 4-H Council with funding from the Walmart Foundation, North Dakota Department of Health, Department of Public Instruction, North Dakota Farmers Union and many North Dakota product groups,” says Garden-Robinson.

Garden-Robinson also received an individual award for the entire curriculum. She ranked first in the central region and first in the country for her program On the Move to Stronger Bodies. The program helps senior elementary students identify nutritious food options and develop a personalized physical activity plan.

“The participating children and their parents speak highly of both ‘On the Move’ programs, and we can see from their evaluations that these programs are making a difference,” says Garden-Robinson.

Also during the conference, Garden-Robinson began her one-year term as president of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is the first person from North Dakota to serve as president.

The National Association of Family and Consumer Science Extension, with 1,800 active members, educates and recognizes extension professionals who impact the quality of life of individuals, families and communities.

Visit for more information about NDSU Extension’s family and community welfare programs.

NDSU Agriculture Communication – September 30, 2022

Source: Carrie Johnson, 701-231-8593, [email protected]

Credit: Julie Garden-Robinson, 701-231-7187, [email protected]

Editor: Elizabeth Cronin, 701-231-5391, [email protected]