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UW Extension’s Food, Nutrition Specialist Begins Duties

July 18, 2011
Melissa Bardsley is the new food and nutrition specialist with UW's Cooperative Extension Service.

The University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service's new food and nutrition specialist began duties July 1.

Melissa Bardsley is based in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She is responsible for development, implementation and evaluation of food and nutrition extension programs for adults and youth in Wyoming.

"Melissa is a great addition to the nutrition and food safety team," says Mary Kay Wardlaw, director of the Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) in FCS.  "Her variety of experiences will enhance the extension program."

Adds Mindy Meuli, CNP manager, "I'm thrilled to have another registered dietitian in extension and FCS."

Bardsley received her undergraduate degree in dietetics in 1986 and her master's degree in human nutrition in 1991 from Colorado State University. She has worked in extended care facilities, community health centers, hospitals and dialysis units and as an associate extension specialist in Colorado.

Bardsley most recently worked in a dialysis unit in Casper and as director of the Women, Infants and Children clinic in Carbon County.

Her feeling of success comes from seeing sustained, changed behavior in those she has served.

"I like to see us facilitate behavior changes in someone, but also educate him or her how to continue that on their own so they are not dependent upon you, for example, as a dietitian or educator," Bardsley says.

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