Professional Development

What We Do

FNEC provides professional development for nutrition education program leaders, educators and support staff to meet the needs of low-income audiences. Professional development opportunities include in-person training and recorded webinars designed to strengthen participants’ knowledge, skills and competencies for success in the field of nutrition education and obesity prevention. Training is primarily provided to EFNEP and SNAP-Ed staff in New York State, however some opportunities are available to other organizations and are tailored to meet the needs of staff of varying disciplines.

To learn more: contact Joan Paddock, MPH, RD, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University.

Trainings and Initiatives

  • Facilitation Skill Development
  • Adopting Healthy Habits (AHH)
    • Adopting Healthy Habits was developed by FNEC and is implemented through EFNEP in a number of Cornell Cooperative Extension offices. AHH develops collaborations with schools, daycares, after-school programs and other community groups to make environmental changes that promote good nutrition and active play and make healthy choices easier.
  • Choose Health Action Teens (CHAT)
    • CHAT is a collaborative initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program and Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences that integrates youth civic engagement with efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles by engaging teens in teaching healthy eating and active living to younger youth. In CHAT, teens are recruited and trained to help teach our Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHFFF) curriculum to younger youth in after-school programs, summer camps and other settings.
  • Reaching Not Just Teaching – is designed to build skills to encourage learner involvement, honor learning styles and sharpen presentation techniques.
  • Taking the Helm – is designed to provide nutrition professionals who will deliver the FNEC initial paraprofessional training: Navigating for Success (NFS).
  • New Nutrition Manager Training – is offered as needed for new EFNEP program managers.
  • Fall Nutrition Updates – is a two day conference for EFNEP staff.
  • Navigating for Success (NFS) – is a comprehensive initial training for frontline staff to provide the necessary nutrition content and educational methods to effectively engage limited-resource program participants.
  • Data Collection Practices – provides an overview of compliance expectations for handling participant data, offered regionally.
  • Training on specific topics can be provided such as: Breastfeeding, Data Quality Assurance, Diabetes, Food Allergens, and WebNEERS Technical Training. FNEC provides training on specific nutrition education curricula as Healthy Children, Healthy Families: Parents Making a Difference, and Choose Healthy: Food, Fun and Fitness.

To learn more: contact Joan Paddock, MPH, RD, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University.