Super Star Chef Nutrition Practicum Experience
The Nutrition Education Program through UK Cooperative Extension is the agency Julia worked with to complete the MPH practicum. NEP provides educational opportunities for limited resource individuals to gain knowledge, develop skills, and change behaviors that lead to improved health and well-being. Health behaviors that are encouraged include consuming more fruits and vegetable, choosing low fat and high fiber food options, increasing physical activity, storing food safely, avoiding running out of food, and learning how to make healthy food choices within a constrained budget. Julia's role with NEP was serving as the Program Coordinator for the Super Star Chef (SSC) summer program. SSC is federally funded by a USDA SNAP-Ed grant and the target audience is children ages 9-18 in limited resource areas. She was responsible for planning, organizing, and scheduling the 45 county locations as well as purchasing the kitchen equipment and food supplies needed for each location starting in January through May. I also assisted with editing and revising the Super Star Chef recipe booklet that is distributed to participants. She was required to promote the program in various local newspapers, radio stations, and even on Good Morning Kentucky on ABC 36 to increase participation. In addition, she recruited, interviewed, hired, and trained the college students that were selected to travel around the state to deliver the Super Star Chef program and ensure their reporting and travel documents were completed accurately and on time. During the program in the months of May through August, she was responsible for traveling to various counties to observe the Super Star Chef members and ensure they were meeting expectations and assist in any areas of weakness or challenges as their supervisor.
Published on September 13, 2017