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Christian County Extension’s Jodi Heberling Receives Statewide Excellence Award
November 3, 2016
TAYORVILLE, IL — Jodi Heberling, INEP Community Worker with University of Illinois Extension, recently received the Individual Excellence in Outstanding Programming Award at the Illinois Nutrition Education Programs Annual Conference in Champaign, IL. The award recognizes team members who have demonstrated overall excellence in programming for reaching targeted audiences and in program delivery.
This award was presented to Heberling for outstanding work done over the course of three years organizing and implementing summer cooking camps in all of the income eligible school districts in Christian County. In order to accomplish this task, Heberling reached out to communities and made contacts that helped secure locations and volunteers. Extension, INEP and 4-H have teamed up to offer the Illinois Junior Chief cooking camps for kids during the summer. This year over 125 Christian County youth attended the camps which teach basic cooking skills and food safety allowing the youth to have hands on experiences in the kitchen.
Heberling, better known as “Miss Jodi” to school age children, works in association with SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) and has been a Community Worker with Illinois Nutrition Education Programs since 2013. She works throughout Christian County educating residents of all ages on how to make better nutritional choices and live healthier lives. Heberling works primarily in Christian County schools, and with a variety of community organizations, to educate limited-resource families about good nutrition and the importance of physical activity. She offers a variety of programing including The Organ Wise Guys, which focuses on kindergartners through second-graders. She teaches children how to be healthy from the inside out. She also delivers adult programs including nutrition programs for PREP Parents Class and TANF classes for DHS. Last year, Heberling reached 9,600 individuals in Christian County.
For more information about these programs, contact Jodi Heberling at the Christian County Extension office at 217-287-7246 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Caption: Jodie Heberling, University of Illinois Community Worker, accepts the Individual Excellence in Outstanding Programming Award from Jennifer McCaffrey, Assistant Dean Family Consumer Science, at the Illinois Nutrition Education Programs fall meeting in Champaign, IL.
Local Contact: Jodi Heberling, Community Worker, SNAP-ED, email@example.com