Extension Educator, SNAP-Ed
University of Illinois Extension
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Michelle Fombelle is the SNAP-Education Extension Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, serving Clay-Effingham-Fayette-Jasper counties. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Master of Public Health degree as well as a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
During her community health career, Fombelle has worked as a graduate assistant in the Wellness & Health Promotion Services Office, an intern at the SIU School of Medicine Center for Rural Health & Social Service Development, both at Southern Illinois University, and an intern at the Health Education Resource Center (HERC) at Eastern Illinois University. She believes that using her knowledge and insights from these experiences helps the SNAP-Ed program thrive and grow in Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties.
SNAP-Ed programs focus on nutrition education and obesity prevention. Programs are evidenced-based, and focused on behavior change. It is the largest nutrition community-based education program for low-income families in the state. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.
Fombelle assists SNAP-Ed eligible schools in creating or improving their wellness plans in order to create healthier classrooms, healthier lunch rooms, and an overall healthier student body. “By working with the community resources and the schools, my goal is to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for students.” Fombelle explained.
The SNAP-Education educator position is funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program of the USDA.