Hungry or Full?

Waiting too long to eat between meals or overeating at meals can make you question whether or not you are hungry or full. Not drinking enough water  throughout the day can also contribute to feeling hungry.
We’ve put together 5 tips to help you recognize whether your body is telling you that it needs food or not. Check in with yourself during the day and ask, “Why am I hungry?” 
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Questions About Feeding Your Family?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may be difficulty when you are worried about the affordability of healthy foods and creating nutritious meals. UConn EFNEP, UConn Healthy Family CT, and SNAP-Ed are dedicated to helping you and your family achieve health goals. Scan the QR code to learn more or visit communitynutrition.cahnr.uconn.edu
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EFNEP Program Assistant (Educational Program Assistant 1), Educational outreach – Fairfield

Applications Closed

Search #: 497240
Work type: Full-time

Location: Fairfield County Extension Ctr

Categories: Academic Programs and Services



The UConn Fairfield County Extension Center located in Bethel, CT is seeking applications for a full-time Program Assistant, Education Outreach. The Program Assistant will be responsible for promoting and carrying out community-based nutrition, outreach, and youth development programs with limited resource families and youth in Fairfield County (in a designated geographic area). This position will provide community field work and administrative computer data entry assistance for the unit. The Program Assistant will work under the general supervision of the Fairfield County Extension Educator working with Community Nutrition. Evening and weekend hours will also be required based on program needs.

The College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut provides for a global sustainable future through scientific discovery, innovation, and community engagement. Our accomplishments result in safe, sustainable, and secure plant and animal production systems, healthier individuals and communities, greater protection and conservation of our environment and natural resources, balanced growth of the economy, and resilient local and global communities. We epitomize the role of the land-grant university which is to develop knowledge and disseminate it through the three academic functions of teaching, research, and outreach education. In so doing, we work to improve the lives of citizens of our state, region, and country. At present, our workforce consists of 315 faculty and staff. We serve 2,406 undergraduate and graduate students. We invite applications from people who share the same vision of academic excellence and customer service.


  1. Works with supervisor to plan, organize and implement regional program activities, which may include working irregular hours, including evenings and weekends. Recruits and teaches classes focused on nutrition, physical activity, food preparation, and food safety.   
  2. Collaborates with community agencies to establish partnerships.
  3. Under the direction of the supervisor, administers evaluation tools.
  4. Writes reports as directed.
  5. Serves as contact with the community and provides for informational needs such as publications, project program materials, and educational opportunities.
  6. Promotes community-based nutrition outreach and youth development programs through media and group presentations; recruits and provides educational opportunities for program members.
  7. May serve as project liaison to University offices/departments, public school officials, and community agencies.
  8. May assist supervisor to provide academic, personal, and financial advisement and to help maintain program caseload.
  9. Participates in staff meetings and in-service training, which may include evening and/or weekend hours.
  10. Performs related duties as required.


  1. Four years of profession-based experience in community nutrition or related field; or Bachelor’s degree in a related field and up to one year of related experience; or Associate’s degree and two to three years of related experience.
  2. Demonstrated background in community health and wellness, which includes experience working with families and youth or other disciplines related to program needs.
  3. Strong evidence of interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  4. Strong technology skills that include demonstrated use of Microsoft Office and experience with data entry.
  5. Demonstrated experience with social media outreach.
  6. Willingness and ability to work weekend and evening hours as needed.
  7. Willingness and ability to travel within Fairfield County for programming activities and related meetings.
  8. Must have available personal transportation and a valid driver’s license.


  1. Oral and written fluency in Spanish.
  2. Experience with teaching and/or public speaking.
  3. Experience establishing and maintaining community partnerships.


This is a full-time position located at the Fairfield County Extension Center. This position is grant-funded and has an end-date that is subject to annual re-appointments contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. The position will be based at the Fairfield County Extension Center, however regular travel within the region will be required. Occasional in-state travel to other UConn campuses, including Storrs, may be required in support of program needs. The University offers a competitive salary, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. For additional information regarding benefits visit: https://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-beyond-pay/. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #497240 to upload a resumecover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Screening of applications will begin immediately.   

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on March 23, 2023. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Feb 21 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Mar 23 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

Black History Month Series: Faith

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The theme for this week is Faith.


The Black church has been a foundation of faith and resistance, as well as a spiritual center, place of worship, cultural and social center. Churches and other faith organizations also provided a safe haven for enslaved people, such as:

👉🏾Physical safety

👉🏾Food and clothing

👉🏾Encouragement, hope and faith

👉🏾Teaching and learning

👉🏾Place for organization

👉🏾One of the many sites for “underground railroads”,  a secret network for routes to freedom.



https://time.com/5939921/henry-lous-gates-american-history-black-church/ (accessed 2.5.23)

📷Credit: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/harriet-tubman (accessed 2.8.23)

Feb/2023 Written and created by: U. R. Taylor, MS, RDN, CDN and Lindsey Brush


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Deciding How Much to Make or Buy?

Save money and improve nutrition by deciding what to make and buy. Try buying in bulk, doubling recipes, using leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch/dinner or freezing leftovers for future meals!
Ahorre dinero   y mejore la nutrición al decidir qué hacer y comprar. Intente comprar al por mayor, duplicando recetas, usando las sobras para el almuerzo/cena de mañana o congelando las sobras para futuras comidas!

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What’s Your Move?

It’s #MoveItMonday! Did you know adults need about 150 minutes of physical activity per week?  You may be wondering, “What counts as physical activity?” Here are a few tips that can help you make every movement count! Learn more about how to get moving, even if you are strapped for time!  Start with small, realistic goals that will set you up for success! Take a look below! 

Graphic credit: Materials for Adults | health.gov

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Focus on Nutritious Low-Cost Foods

It’s #ThoughtfulThursday! Cook more, eat out less! Here are three tips to help you and your family eat right on a budget. Tag a friend who needs to hear👂 this!
¡Cocine más en casa, coma menos en restaurantes! Aquí presentamos tres consejos que le ayudarán a usted y a su familia a comer bien dentro de un presupuesto. ¡Etiqueta a un amigo que necesite escuchar esto!

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Tips for Staying Active During the Winter Season

It’s #MoveItMonday! 👟With the holiday season coming to an end, and the winter weather peaking, it can be easy to lose balance with physical activity and making healthy food choices. If you’re wondering how to get back into the swing of things, here are some tips to help stay active during the busy, winter months!❄️

Have family staying with you? Get them involved too and create new traditions!

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Tips for Drinking More Water

It’s Water Wednesday! Sometimes it can be hard to remember to drink during the day, especially on those busy days! Anyone can become dehydrated, however some people are more at risk than others such as infants, young children, older adults, and people who work and exercise outdoors. Click the link below to see how you can up your water game!

Tips for Drinking More Water – Mayo Clinic Health System

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Eat Smart, Live Strong with Heather Peracchio

Registered Dietitian and Assistant Extension Educator Heather Peracchio delivered the USDA Eat Smart, Live Strong session on Tuesday December 13th at Butter Brook Senior and Disabled Housing in New Milford, CT.  Seniors learned about eating fruits and vegetables and moving more throughout the winter. Seniors taste-tested a delicious one pot minestrone soup and received a 2023 Healthy and Homemade Calendar for their participation.


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