Robin Peters Receives National Award
March 25, 2009
Robin Peters, Cooperative Extension nutrition connections educational program coordinator, traveled to Washington last week to receive a national award from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
EFNEP, celebrating its 40 anniversary this year, selected Peters for the Paraprofessional Award for the Northeast Region because of her educational efforts in Grafton County. Nutrition Connections is New Hampshire's home for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE). These programs are offered at no cost to low-income families.
Peters, who has held this position for 12 years, is located at the Whole Village Family Resource Center where she partners with other agencies. She also involves Plymouth State University students in her programming by providing direct teaching opportunities with adult and youth interventions and has them assist with material development and other programming efforts. Peters works with more than 50 outside agencies throughout the year.
She maintains her dietetic technician status with the American Dietetics Association (ADA) by attending professional development opportunities. Last year she took ADA sponsored training on obesity. Peters assists with materials and curricula development. She currently coordinates statewide programming efforts with Operation Frontline and Cooperative Extension, assists with training new staff and helps with planning in-services and workshops.
Peters volunteers in her community and elsewhere to help those in need. She gives time at the local soup kitchen/food pantry, something she has done with her family over a long period of time. She has also donated her time in other parts of the country at other soup kitchens.
Nutrition Connections’ goal is to help low-income families and children improve their diets and learn to get the most for their food dollars.