Advocate for Nutrition Health Education Named Â??friend of Extension’ by Colorado State University

C. Mark Tandberg of Denver, Colorado Department of Human Services Food Assistance Programs director, was recognized with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Friend of Extension Award at the organization’s annual awards luncheon on Oct. 16.

The award is given each year by the Cooperative Extension professional fraternity, Epsilon Sigma Phi, to recognize a businesses or individuals who make significant contributions to Cooperative Extension.

Tandberg, who administers money from the USDA Food Stamp Program, was recognized for his support to Cooperative Extension programs that are devoted to teaching nutrition and consumer tips to stretch dollars to food stamp recipients and people with limited resources.

"Mark’s untiring support for the Nutritional Network, Cooperative Extension agents who administer the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program, and these educational efforts in schools and among multiple Colorado communities is exemplary," said Jennifer Anderson, Colorado State Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist. "He has embraced adding nutrition education within the budget for the food stamp program, recognizing the need to teach people how to spend their limited dollars on healthful food choices that promote optimum health. Many colleagues from across the country are envious of the support we receive from Mark. He is, indeed, our champion and a friend."

Colorado State Cooperative Extension nutritional programs reach people around the state who depend upon food stamps or have limited resources.


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