LSU AgCenter Names Northeast Region Nutrition Agent

Terri Crawford, Van Osdell, Mary Ann  |  5/22/2007 12:24:29 AM

News Release Distributed 05/15/07

Terri Crawford, a 21-year veteran of the LSU AgCenter, has been named the new regional nutrition agent for the nine-parish Northeast Region. Her office is at the Scott Research and Extension Education Center in Winnsboro.

Crawford is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education and a master’s degree in secondary education, with a minor in nutrition. She completed an additional 15 hours of graduate study to specialize in nutrition and health for the AgCenter.

Crawford began her career with the AgCenter as a 4-H youth development agent for Concordia Parish and served in that capacity for 11 years before assuming a position in the same parish as a family and consumer sciences extension agent. Crawford served 10 years in that position, focusing her efforts on nutrition and health for both adult and youth audiences. Since 2001, her position has included providing nutrition and health education for residents not only in Concordia Parish, but also Catahoula and LaSalle.

Crawford will provide leadership for the Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative in the Northeast Region. She will be responsible for maintaining present working relationships and building new ones among community organizations, government agencies, schools, universities, advisory councils, committees and others to improve the nutritional status of citizens. She will implement and evaluate the impact of nutrition and physical activity interventions for targeted audiences in collaboration with regional and state LSU AgCenter faculty.

Crawford will work with all aspects of LSU AgCenter nutrition programs for the nine parishes in the region, which include Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas and West Carroll. These program include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), which targets limited resource families and youth to improve their health, their diets and their food budgets.

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) provides educational programs that increase, within a limited budget, the likelihood of all food stamp recipients making healthy food choices consistent with the most recent dietary advice reflected in the dietary guidelines for Americans.

Smart Bodies focuses on healthy bodies and active minds to combat childhood obesity. This program is conducted in collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

Crawford will also serve as field coordinator for family and consumer sciences programs for the Northeast region and will provide training for other agents, nutrition paraprofessionals and volunteers. These programs focus on nutrition and health, family development and family resource management.

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Contact: Terri Crawford at (318) 435-2903 or tcrawford@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Mary Ann Van Osdell at (318) 741-7430, ext. 1104, or mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu

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