Centennial Staff Profiles
UCCE Butte County / Cluster
Nutrition Education Coordinator
Time with ANR
4 years, 4 months
In a typical day at UC ANR working as a nutrition education coordinator, I would come into the office to schedule lessons, coordinate staff, shop for and prepare lessons and tastings, and write a school newsletter article. Then I would go out into the field to teach a lesson, and then end my day with a community partners meeting to plan for an event to support building healthy communities.
Most Memorable Moment
I believe that one of my most memorable moments working for UC ANR is still to come. For the past 1.5 years, I have had the great opportunity to work with a group of students from five school sites on the Team Up for Good Health study where we have been focusing our nutrition education efforts on the students, families and their communities. I am anxiously anticipating the final results of this study to see how UC ANR can make such a huge difference in the lives of our communities by delivering high-quality, relevant, factual, and well-designed resources to accommodate the needs and differences of our clientele. Aside from the physical results to come, I have been able to witness the changes in sugary drink and fast food consumption shared by students. A few of my favorite stories include: despite being offered soda by their parents, students chose water; specific changes to how they (and their families) order food at restaurants; and how their parents are becoming more strict about what they eat and spending more time together at home, cooking as a family.
What I love Most About Working for ANR
What I love most about working for UC ANR is the immense opportunity for educational and skill growth as an employee and person. We are so lucky to be able to have so many reputable avenues to improve our knowledge and skill base, from hands-on learning with local farmers, to in-depth research from our very own researchers, to statewide conferences, and everything in between. Aside from that, I love knowing that we do make a positive impact on our community. To be able to witness the health changes people make that will impact the rest of their lives is a powerful motivator.
I graduated from UC Davis, so I have a huge sense of pride being an Aggie alumni. So, after completing my Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and moving to Chico, California, with my spouse, it seemed a no-brainer to apply to an organization affiliated with my alma mater. Initially as a nutrition educator, and now a project coordinator for a childhood obesity grant program, I feel that UC ANR has given me the opportunity to enhance and acquire new skills and knowledge that will benefit my future personal and career self.