State’s best nutrition paraprofessionals named

Mark A. Claesgens  |  4/2/2009 9:34:23 PM

News Release Distributed 04/02/09

Two LSU AgCenter nutrition educators have been named the state’s outstanding paraprofessionals in their respective nutrition programs.

Linda Fruge of Jeff Davis parish has won the outstanding paraprofessional award for the Family Nutrition Program (FNP), and Jacqueline Jordan of Caddo and Bossier parishes has earned the award for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

Fruge has been an “outstanding” nutrition educator since 2003, according to Penny Thibodeaux, Fruge’s supervising agent. Among her many educational successes, “Linda loves working with children, and it shows,” Thibodeaux said.

Jordan joined the LSU AgCenter in 2005. “Since the first day of employment Jackie has been nothing less than a model employee,” said Cathryn Robinson, Jordan’s supervising agent. “She is excited about her work and is always looking for that extra piece of information to give her homemaker,” Robinson added.

FNP and EFNEP are educational programs for low-income families to help them make healthy food choices within their limited budgets following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPyramid food groups and eating plans. FNP focuses on nutrition education for food-stamp recipients and those eligible for food stamps while EFFNEP provides educational programs for poverty-level families with young children.

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Writer: Mark Claesgens 

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