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Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program educators Delores Lewis (Tuscaloosa County) and Bernice Poindexter (Monroe County) recently received Alabama’s Model Educator awards at the 2013 Nutrition Assistants’ Multi-State Conference held in Concord, N.C. The Model Educator Award recognizes EFNEP educators who demonstrate vision, show innovative approaches and overcome challenges to impact behavior and improve learning and teaching among limited resource youth and adults. The biannual event offers interactive and engaging professional development to community nutrition educators and supervisors working with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Educational Program (SNAP-Ed).

Deloris Lewis.jpgDeloris Lewis started her career as a caterer and worked in restaurant management before joining the ACES team nearly 25 years ago.  As an EFNEP agent, Lewis presents information to low-income families to improve their dietary practices and become efficient managers of available resources.

“The most interesting part of my job is meeting new people and helping them understand nutrition,” said Lewis. “We provide them valuable information to have a better quality of life by applying simple and basic nutrition essentials.”

“We visit our participants at various locations, such as grocery stores, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs, SNAP offices, schools and neighborhoods,” said Lewis. “Strategies we use are relatively simple: we present visuals, hands-on, fun activities that appeal to any audience. Participants, both young and old, are eager and excited to learn,” she added. “They are excited to let us know that they use our recipes, and my goal for the program, every day, is to be able to reach the hard-to-reach and to teach the hard-to-teach.”
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Bernice Poindexter, who has been with ACES for 15 years, says that the most important part of her job is helping other people meet their family needs. 

Poindexter teaches Today’s Mom for new parents, pregnant women and teens, Eat Smart-Be Active for adults with young children, and Coordinated Approach to Child Health or CATCH for kids in first grade, and fourth through eighth grades. Each program is offered in a series of six lessons presented once a week. The programs are structured to help the target audience understand nutrition, improve diets, manage food budgets, increase knowledge of the effects of lifestyle choices and include fitness in their regimen to improve overall health.

“People do not care how much you know but how much you care,” said Poindexter.


sheree russell

9/30/2013 9:00 AM
Congrats ladies and thank you for representing Alabama and EFNEP with such style and class!