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Denny, Marina D.; Ellard, Martha A. – Journal of Extension, 2022
The Annual Conference for Mississippi State University Extension is the sole event at which the majority of Extension personnel gather for networking, organizational updates, recognition of efforts, and professional development. Extension leaders plan this conference with intended outcomes but without ever evaluating those outcomes beyond attendee…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Test Construction, Program Evaluation, Conferences (Gatherings)
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Worker, Steven; McCambridge, Jennifer; Stevenson, Anne; Fields, Jane; Maille, Alexa; Meehan, C. L.; Mondl, Amie; Malone, Charles; Smith, Martin H. – Journal of Extension, 2022
There are many environmental issues surrounding the global production and use of plastics. Three science curricula (Grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) were developed to introduce youth to the past, present, and future of plastics. Designed using research-based methods and grounded in effective science pedagogy, the curricula provide young people…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Plastics, Sustainability, Conservation (Environment)
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Lobenstein, Monica M.; Park-Mroch, Jennifer; Crowley, Lana Lichfield; Bean, Coley; Voss, Maren Wright – Journal of Extension, 2022
The goal of this literature review was to identify evidence-based curricula that support youth mental health with special attention to inclusion of access, equity, and belonging (AEB). Four databases were searched for peer-reviewed articles published between 2010 and 2019 related to youth mental health curricula. A total of 1446 articles were…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Curriculum, Evidence Based Practice, Access to Education
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Garrett, Erin M.; Belle, Ashley J. – Journal of Extension, 2022
Through a combination of internal and external collaborations, consumer-based energy education designed for hard-to-reach audiences was successfully delivered statewide by an interdisciplinary Extension team. Program participants representing rural residents, senior citizens, and low-income audiences demonstrated improvements in knowledge and…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Effectiveness, Access to Education
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Eschbach, Cheryl L.; Cuthbertson, Courtney; Shelle, Gwyn; Bates, Ronald O. – Journal of Extension, 2022
Attention to stress and mental health among agricultural producers has increased over recent years, and Cooperative Extension has been active in offering educational workshops and resources to agricultural audiences. This article describes the process and effectiveness of expanding two Michigan State University Extension farm stress management…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Mental Health, Extension Education, Stress Management
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Linares, Amanda; Harpainter, Phoebe; Plank, Kaela; Woodward-Lopez, Gail – Journal of Extension, 2022
To determine the effectiveness of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--Education (SNAP-Ed) nutrition and physical activity programming in elementary schools, it is necessary to recruit socioeconomically similar comparison schools not receiving SNAP-Ed programming. We developed a flexible recruitment strategy to tailor our approach to each…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Nutrition, Welfare Services, Recruitment
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McAlister, Abigail P.; Green, Vicky L.; Came, Simone; Fontenot, Mary C.; Pope, Janet F. – Journal of Extension, 2022
Because FCS agents teach communities about dietary guidelines, it is important that they are aware of the latest nutrition research. This study assessed FCS agents' knowledge of popular fad diets (low-carbohydrate, intermittent fasting, detoxes and cleanses) and their potential adverse effects, and its relationship among location, certifications,…
Descriptors: Dietetics, Eating Habits, Nutrition, Extension Education
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Tumwebaze, Joel; Kagulire, JohnPaul; Dawkins, Norma L. – Journal of Extension, 2022
This study aimed at averting challenges of overweight and obesity among African Americans in rural Alabama. Focus group discussions and surveys were used to design a 12-week nutrition education and physical activity program. Results showed a significant improvement (p<0.05) in participants' knowledge scores. Values for systolic blood pressure…
Descriptors: Obesity, African Americans, Rural Areas, Nutrition Instruction
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Crocker, Andrew B.; Bradley, Morgan D.; Vaughn, Shelby D.; Stalvey, Beth – Journal of Extension, 2022
New partnerships to reach new audiences are key to Extension's future (Harder, 2019). But partnership is enhanced through shared decision-making, co-creation of content, and leveraging non-overlapping expertise and experience (Bertsch et al., 2020; Israilov & Cho, 2017; Ostrom, 1996). Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service partnering with…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Extension Education, Developmental Disabilities, Agency Cooperation
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McFarland, Carol R.; Friedrichsen, Claire; Tao, Haiying; Friesen, Maren L. – Journal of Extension, 2022
Liberating Structures (LS) provide a user-friendly toolkit to shift group power dynamics and allow all stakeholders to contribute. We explored the novel use of LS in soil health extension to conduct high-engagement events with diverse stakeholders. Our goals were to promote social learning, networking, and to encourage innovation. Soil health…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Power Structure, Rural Extension, Active Learning
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Brenes, Priscilla; Meck Higgins, Mary – Journal of Extension, 2021
Effective newsletters have theory-based content and designs tailored to their readers and offer limited-cost community-level approaches to providing helpful, relevant, and engaging information. In accordance with this, we offer an example of a newsletter intervention that supported grandfamilies' physical wellness needs. Six issues of a brief…
Descriptors: Newsletters, Physical Health, Wellness, Health Promotion
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Elliott-Engel, Jeremy; Westfall-Rudd, Donna; Seibel, Megan; Kaufman, Eric; Radhakrishna, Rama – Journal of Extension, 2021
Extension administrators discussed the competencies and characteristics of Extension professionals as they explored how Extension will need adapt to changing clientele, both in who they are and how they want to receive information. Extension education curriculum is not fully preparing future Extension employees in all required competencies,…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Administrator Attitudes, Extension Agents, Competence
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Danible, Kaitlin; Panizza, Chloe; Boushey, Carol; Kerr, Deborah; Zhu, Fengqing; Banna, Jinan C. – Journal of Extension, 2021
The mobile food record™ (mFR™) is a novel app that allows for the tracking of individual food waste and addresses the limitations of current methods to accurately quantify food waste. Extension educators may use data from the mFR™ to create educational initiatives for food waste prevention and education that may be implemented in settings such as…
Descriptors: Food, Measurement, Computer Oriented Programs, Extension Education
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Farella, Joshua; Hauser, Mike; Parrott, Amy; Moore, Joshua D.; Penrod, Meghan; Elliott-Engel, Jeremy – Journal of Extension, 2021
A literature review was conducted using the key words relating to Native American Youth and 4-H to assess the current state of 4-H youth programming serving First Nation/ Indigenous populations to inform future Extension initiatives. A systematic and qualitative review determined what level of focus the conducted programming efforts placed on…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Extension Education, American Indians, Indigenous Populations
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Smith, Maurice, Jr.; Wiley, Shannon – Journal of Extension, 2021
4-H Youth Development prides itself on providing essential resources to reach underserved minority populations. 4-H provides programming and professional development for volunteers to include diverse hands-on training, and cultural competency workshops. This article provides best practices for the inclusion of African American volunteers in 4-H…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Minority Groups, Volunteers, Professional Development
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