LAURINBURG — Hazel McPhatter, Scotland County program assistant for the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, was presented with the program’s award at the EFNEP’s State Conference June 23.
The Circle of Excellence award recognizes program assistants and associates for meeting the needs of limited resource audiences through innovative teaching methods to produce program results and make a community-wide impact.
McPhatter has been employed with NC Cooperative Extension and EFNEP for 11 years.
Over the years 4-H EFNEP has grown , with McPhatter securing partnerships for her program with schools, youth organizations and churches.
In the past three years alone McPhatter has graduated 3,416 youth from her program with 100 percent increasing their knowledge of human nutrition by exit. In 2008, McPhatter developed a Fun and Fitness Boot Camp including dance and Taebo to help youth increase their daily physical activity to prevent overweight and obesity.
McPhatter partnered with the local Housing Authority and several Community Centers and also partnered with the Summer Feeding Program to provide free and healthy lunches to camp participants.
She has not only been an active member of NCAEPAAT that has served as president, treasurer and vice president.
The EFNEP program, administered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, provides nutrition education for limited-resources families in Scotland County to help them make better choices when planning and preparing meals.