Team members who launched a program that gets youth and parents working together to improve family eating and activity – with one youth earning dinner at the White House – were recognized with the UW Extension Creative Excellence Recognition Award.
BodyWorks in Wyoming program collaborators Melissa Bardsley, Vicki Hayman, Mary Louise Wood and Kimberly Fry received the honor in Riverton Wednesday, Nov. 11, during extension’s annual training.
The team developed the program to teach Wyoming youths and adults strategies to build lifelong healthy habits.
Bardsley is the extension food and nutrition specialist; Wood is the 4-H youth educator in Albany County; Hayman is the nutrition and food safety educator in Weston County; and Fry is a 4-H youth educator in Campbell County.
They have led the BodyWorks program since 2012 in Campbell and Albany counties –with one 12-year-old participant, Dillon Andrews, of Albany County garnering dinner at the White House after his recipe for Indian tacos (http://bit.ly/recipebydillon) was selected in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. His mother related, “Before participating in BodyWorks, he would not have been able to identify the best ingredients to create such a balanced meal.”