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Extension Education

Todd Hurt
University of Georgia


Issue:  In Georgia, 25% of 4th graders were overweight and 17% were at risk for being overweight. In total, approximately 40% of Georgia’s children had body weights that were of significant concern.  The Food Trust reports, “Agricultural programs enhanced by nutrition education “positively impact children's food choices by improving their preferences for vegetables and increasing their nutrition knowledge.”  Response:  Nearly 60 volunteers and Extension Agents contributed to the success of this interactive educational event. The event received $10,900 in in-kind donations and $9,750 from agricultural commodity organizations and County Extension offices to make the event possible.  Participants:  Fourth and fifth grade students took an hour and half guided tour through the seven Pizza Farm Stations. Stations consisted of a brief educational lesson and a hands-on activity.  Participants received a pizza lunch – with fruit, ice cream and water, and information for the parental guardians about the educational components of the event.  Impact:  This event provided 624 students from metro-Atlanta schools and their teachers an opportunity to interact with the agricultural commodities that go into making pizza. Pizza Farm provided the collaborative environment for the Georgia Department of Agriculture and UGA Extension to showcase the talents of our employees from FACS, 4-H, ANR, and OCTS.  The 2013 Pizza Farm Committee Members were: Pam Bloch, Maria Bowie, Kisha Faulk, Katie Gazda, Jessica Hill, Beth Horne, Todd Hurt, Kim Riley, Neil Tarver, Kim Taylor and Carla Wood. 



Poster has NOT been presented at any previous NACAA AM/PIC

This poster is being submitted for judging. It will be displayed at the AM/PIC if not selected as a State winner. The abstract will be published in the proceedings.

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Authors: T. Hurt, K. Faulk
  1. Hurt, T. Training Coordinator, University of Georgia, Georgia, 30223
  2. Faulk, K. Extension Agent, University of Georgia, Georgia, 30350