Friday, November 30, 2012

Monica Spittler Working to Reach Stone County with Nutrition Education

This profile of a nutrition educator with University of Missouri Extension's Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP) is part of an on-going series designed to educate the public about the wide range of program expertise that exists through extension in southwest Missouri.

Name: Monica Spittler, nutrition program associate

Contact: At the Stone County University Extension Center in Galena, Mo., at (417) 357-6812 or by e-mail at:

Education: Bachelor’s in liberal studies from San Diego State University (1991), teaching credentials in elementary and English from National University (1993), Masters in leadership and curriculum design, National University (1993) and Masters in English from CSUN (1999).

Relevant past employment: 21 years of teaching at all levels from kindergarten to University level.

Responsibilities: Teaching nutrition information to Stone County residents ranging from pre-kindergarten to senior citizens.

What attracted you to working with MU Extension? “The mission was a fit for me and I’m very passionate about the subject of nutrition,” said Spittler.

What do you hope to accomplish by teaching nutrition education? “Truly, I want to help people change their lives for the better,” said Spittler.

Why do you think it is important to teach nutrition in school? “The younger we can make an impact, the more beneficial we are. It’s paying it forward,” said Spittler.

The Family Nutrition Education Program is an important University of Missouri Extension program that works to bring the latest nutrition information to Missourians. Lessons with hands-on activities are designed for youth and the adults that support them, pregnant teens and immigrant populations. For more information, contact FNEP regional office at (417) 886-2059.


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