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Hardin woman wins national nutrition education award

February 12, 2004

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Shirley Redding of Hardin is one of four nutrition paraprofessionals nationwide to win a "2004 Excellence in EFNEP" award.

As a nutrition paraprofessional for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Redding works with community organizations and agencies in Big Horn County and on the Crow Indian Reservation to offer nutrition lessons that help people with limited resources improve their health, productivity and self-esteem through better diets, food budgeting techniques and physical exercise. The program is a part of the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and is administered in Montana by the Montana State University Extension Service.

Redding has been an EFNEP educator for 13 years and also received the Montana Food and Nutrition Council Award from Governor Martz in 2002.

"Only four paraprofessionals in the whole country are chosen for this award," said Montana EFNEP state coordinator Phyllis Dennee, who nominated Redding. "I'm absolutely delighted that they chose one of the Montana nominees. Of course, all of our EFNEP staff are winners."

Redding will receive the award on March 2 in Washington, D.C. during a celebration of EFNEP's 35th Anniversary at the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

For more information on EFNEP in Montana, contact Phyllis Dennee at (406) 994-5702 or visit the USDA, CSREES EFNEP website at www.reeusda.gov/f4hn/efnep/efnep.htm.

Contact: Shirley Redding, Laurie Lautt 665-9770, Phyllis Dennee, 994-5702