Wind River efforts prompt Educator of the Year award

Cent$ible Nutrition Program educator Kelly Pingree
Kelly Pingree

Cent$ible Nutrition Program educator Kelly Pingree has been recognized with the program’s Educator of the Year award.

Pingree, who serves the Wind River Indian Reservation, received the honor in December during the University of Wyoming Extension’s training conference on the Laramie campus.

CNP director Mindy Meuli said Pingree’s program had 79 graduates and a 44 percent increase in participant physical activity last year. The CNP curriculum has 17 hands-on lessons.

Meuli said Pingree serves on the Shoshone Cultural Foods project committee, is planning a gardening project in partnership with the Eastern Shoshone 477 Program and has helped with a number of policy, system and environmental changes at the Warm Valley Senior Center.

CNP is funded through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and is a free, income qualifying, cooking and nutrition education program through UW Extension that helps residents eat better for less money.