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Wednesday, March 23 • 6:30pm - 7:40pm
Engaging with Older Youth

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This presentation will engage participants and anchor them to the topic as they are challenged to put themselves into their “middle school mindset”. Challenges and considerations specific to engaging with the middle school audience to teach EFNEP programs will be discussed, including the use of interactive tools. NH EFNEP best practices to successfully address and overcome potential challenges and relate to this unique audience will also be reflected on. Participants will learn various approaches to working with and relating to middle schoolers effectively. Information about the choice to implement the evidence based EatFit curriculum in NH will be shared, as well as how the use of this curriculum has positively affected NH EFNEP impacts. Impacts include facilitating a large increase in numbers of 6-8th grade participants, improvements in their food and physical activity behaviors, and enthusiastic support from community partners for the program.
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Speakers
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Marcel Horowitz

Healthy Youth, Families & Communities Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
Marcel Horowitz, MS, MCHES, is the Community Nutrition & Health Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) program. She began her career in 1999 as a Staff Research Associate for the state EFNEP office. During her time there, she worked to develop theory-driven... Read More →
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Zeanny Egea

Zeanny graduated from law school in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2002, but decided to follow her passion for teaching, working with communities and nutrition. Zeanny joined UNH Extension in 2016 as an Extension Teacher for Coös County, a mostly rural community located in the northern... Read More →
avatar for Heidi-Leigh Bennett

Heidi-Leigh Bennett

Extension Teacher, UNH Cooperative Extension
Heidi-Leigh Bennett joined UNH Extension in Hillsborough County in 2001. Helping people live healthy lives through increased knowledge and skills has always been a passion for Heidi-Leigh, who is a life-long learner focused on psychology and wellness. Prior to Extension, she built... Read More →
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Laura Alimayu

Healthy Living Field Specialist, UNH Extension
Laura Alimayu is a Healthy Living Field Specialist who joined UNH Extension in April of 2021. She leads the UNH Extension Healthy Living Greater School Communities Initiative statewide as part of the NH SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs. Laura intertwines this work with other UNH Extension... Read More →

Moderators
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Turquoise Brown-Patterson

EFNEP Coordinator, Kentucky State University
Ms. Turquoise Brown-Patterson works for Kentucky State University in the Cooperative Extension department as the Nutrition Program Coordinator for Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Summer Feeding Service Program (SFSP). She has been working for extension at... Read More →



Wednesday March 23, 2022 6:30pm - 7:40pm EDT
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