Three Cooperative Extension Faculty received the national USDA Priester Health Award that recognizes innovative health education programs positively impacting the health of individuals at the county, state and national levels. Teresa Byington, Anne Lindsay and Madeleine Sigman-Grant created and implemented the All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit educational program to encourage preschool children to eat smart, be active and live healthy at any size. Working in cooperation with preschool children’s childcare teachers and parents, participants were provided interactive experiences that promoted healthful habits regarding physical activity, snacks, feeding cues and acceptance of self and others. The All 4 Kids program was selected from among 28 program submissions nationwide to receive recognition for state and multi-state programming

The Priester Award honors Jeanne M. Priester and her accomplishments and contributions to the Cooperative Extension Service (CES). She was a leader in advancing health education within CES during her tenure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the award is to recognize extension programs that are providing the leadership to expand their capacity to effectively implement health programs. Visit the All 4 Kids web page here!

Lindsay, Sigman-Grant, Byington photo

(L-R) Anne Lindsay, Madeleine Sigman-Grant, Teresa Byington

Beginning and experienced agricultural producers invited to second Herds & Harvest program

Harvesting LettuceCooperative Extension invites Nevada farmers and ranchers to “Processing and Selling Locally Grown Meat” on April 30 and May 1 at the Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center in Las Vegas.

The two-day workshop is designed to help Nevada agricultural producers learn about U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations for processing and selling locally grown meat, selling meat to Whole Foods Market and high-end restaurants in Las Vegas, and insurance liabilities in selling locally grown meat. In addition, Oregon Natural Meats will discuss their experiences in getting started with their operation.  The program will be available live via interactive video to UNCE offices in Elko, Churchill and Lyon counties.

The workshop is part of UNCE’s Herds & Harvest program, a three-year agricultural initiative providing Nevada’s beginning farmers and ranchers with the tools necessary to own, operate and sustain their own agricultural operation.

Individuals with no agricultural experience, those involved in agriculture for less than 10 years and those expanding their operations qualify for this and all other Herds & Harvest programming.

Click here for information and to register.

Herbs and Vegetables for Sale

MicroscopeAs part of the Las Vegas Science Festival 2012’s week-long activities, Cooperative Extension will offer a Science Brought to Life workshop on Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Through tours and hands-on demonstrations, discover Coopertive Extension, a college putting university research to work in your community. Participate in learning experiences about the science of cooking, exotic pets, and more! Ages 5 and up are invited to attend; however, children under the age 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Space is limited to 50 participants.

To register, or for more information, click here!

Hand holding pencilLifeStories Nevada, a four-week memoir-writing workshop, has added a May series of classes in Henderson at the Heritage Park Senior Facility.  LifeStories Nevada is a program of Cooperative Extension that helps older adults record their life stories for themselves and future generations.

In the weekly classes, instructors aid would-be memoirists sort through their memories and organize how they want to tell their story. Participants share stories with each other, a process that often sparks new memories, and they provide positive feedback to one another. For more information, click here!

Chefs for Kids logoThe Chefs for Kids (CFK) Dinner and Auction is Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Paris Las Vegas. The evening honors Dave Courvoisier for his ongoing support of the program.

The gala evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction.  Paula Francis, KLAS-TV anchor, is Mistress of Ceremonies. A gourmet dinner, prepared under the supervision of Chef Sherman Branick, is served at 7 p.m. with Christian Kolberg conducting the live auction. The evening continues with dancing to the music of Harbor Lights.

For details and ticket information, click here!