2018 Outstanding Performance Award – Cheri Bennett

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Outstanding Performance Award 2018

Dr. Rosalind Dale (Extension NC A&T Administrator), Cheri Bennett, Dr. Richard Bonanno (NC State Extension Director)

Cheri Bennett, EFNEP Educator in Union County received the Outstanding Performance Award at the 2018 EFNEP State Conference. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is conducted across the state through North Carolina Cooperative Extension, NC State University, and North Carolina A&T State University. For nearly fifty years, EFNEP has been helping limited resource youth and families with children learn how to eat healthier meals and snacks, stretch their food dollars and reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses.

Cheri has provided outstanding nutrition programs in the community since 2001. She is innovative and creative in her approach, seeing beyond the reality to the possibility. Cheri propels the program to the highest level, exceeding her workload targets and impact goals and has firmly established collaborative relationships within the county. Her teaching techniques and ability to make EFNEP fun and inviting often results in a waiting list for her program.

Through this work and in collaboration with many organizations through the Eat Smart and Move More initiative, NC EFNEP aims to reduce the rising tide of obesity by teaching youth and families practical skills resulting in changed behaviors that help them to eat smart, move more and achieve a healthy weight.

For more information about EFNEP, contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Union County Center at 704-283-3801.