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K-State Extension Agent Earns Promotion, National Award

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Sharolyn Flaming Jackson, Kansas State University Research and Extension agent in Riley County, has been named Extension´s new northeast area family and consumer sciences specialist, effective June 18. The promotion will move Jackson into a support position for agents in 20 counties and the River Valley and Central Kansas Extension districts.

"I´ll be working as a liaison between the state, counties and Extension districts with a goal of helping agents deliver programs successfully," said Jackson, who has 23 years experience in Extension program delivery. After earning a degree in home economics education from Bethel College in Newton, Kan., Jackson worked as an Extension agent in Chautauqua County for five years and in Riley County for 18 years. While working, she earned a master´s degree in adult and occupational education from K-State.

Jackson is known in Riley County for her commitment to nutrition and health programs, ranging from cooking classes for diabetics to organizing 4-H food judging at the county fair and coordination of the local Family Nutrition Program. FNP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant-funded effort that provides nutrition education for families with limited resources.

In Riley County, Jackson also has provided the leadership for a health and fitness program that stimulated interest in the subsequent development of the statewide program - Walk Kansas, said Mike Bradshaw, K-State Research and Extension health and safety specialist and state Walk Kansas coordinator. Walk Kansas is now active in 101 of Kansas´ 105 counties.

Riley County´s Walk Kansas program was introduced in 1993 and, in its first years, typically attracted 200-300 people. Jackson worked with a local task force to adjust the program to meet local needs and almost doubled the number of people it served. The Riley County program now serves about 1,200 people annually and typically is one of the larger programs affiliated with the state program it inspired.

Efforts with the health and fitness program have earned Jackson and Riley County´s Walk Kansas program the 2006 Jeanne M. Priester Award.

The national award is presented annually as part of the U. S. Department of Agriculture´s "Healthy People, Healthy Communities" initiative to recognize innovative efforts in health education and promotion. The award will be presented in Louisville, Ky., April 25.

This article was posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2006, and is filed under Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.