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Nutrition and Food Safety|University of Wyoming Extension

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Melissa Bardsley
Food and Nutrition Specialist
UW Extension
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-5177

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Nutrition Programming

Two Extension programs are offered to adults and youth in Wyoming to address health and nutrition issues. Each of these programs, Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) and Nutrition & Food Safety (NFS), stands alone, although each enhances the other resulting in stronger impacts. Neither program can replace the services provided by the other due to educational qualifications of staff, grant restrictions for participant eligibility, and specified curriculum content. If funding ceased for one of the two programs, the other program could not provide those services and, in effect, those services would be lost.
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Nutrition & Food Safety (N&FS) Initiative Team – Area Educators

Northwest Area: Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park & Washakie Counties and Wind River Indian Reservation
Northeast Area: Campbell, Crook, Weston, Johnson & Sheridan Counties
CNN Area: Converse, Natrona & Niobrara Counties
  • Karla Case – Natrona – 307-235-9400 (Casper)
  • Denise Smith – Converse, Natrona, Niobrara – 307-334-3534 (Lusk)
Southeast Area: Albany, Carbon, Goshen, Laramie & Platte Counties
  • Chris Pasley – 307-322-3667 (Wheatland)
  • [position vacant] – 307-328-2642 (Rawlins)
West Area: Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton & Uinta Counties
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Programs offered by UW Extension N&FS educators include the following:

  • Healthy lifestyles (often taught with other local educators/health professionals) – examples:
    • A New You: Health for Every Body – classes to foster enjoyable and healthy lifestyles related to food, physical activity & body image
    • Steps to a New You - This healthy lifestyles program combines a series of food/physical activity/body image classes (A New You-see description above) with a pedometer-based physical activity program (WIN Steps-see description below)
    • WIN Steps – pedometer-based physical activity program
    • Strong People, Strong Bones – strength-building, osteoporosis prevention program
  • Diabetes education (taught with local diabetes educators/health professionals)
    • Dining with Diabetes in Wyoming
  • Food safety
    • ServSafe® and Wyoming-specific trainings (Food Safety Fundamentals and Retail and Foodservice HACCP ) – usually taught with Wyoming Food Safety Coalition partners
  • Local Food & Sustainability
    • Eat Wyoming - this website project efforts have included Wyoming Local Food Expos, local foods training, and the WY Local Food Guide
    • Food preservation classes

For more information about these & other programs, go to or call the UW Extension office in your county or the appropriate educator serving your area listed above.

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