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Stankiewicz Joins NDSU Extension Service

Jan Stankiewicz, NDSU Extension western area community health and nutrition specialist (NDSU photo) Jan Stankiewicz, NDSU Extension western area community health and nutrition specialist (NDSU photo)
She serves as the western area community health and nutrition specialist.

Jan Keller Stankiewicz has joined the North Dakota State University Extension Service as the western area community health and nutrition specialist.

Stankiewicz, who has her office in Bismarck, coordinates community-based and targeted programs to improve nutrition and physical activity, especially among youth and low-income audiences.

She also is collaborating with Extension agents and educators, community leaders and staff of other agencies to identify ways to address health and nutrition-related issues and provide leadership and guidance on policies and other methods of supporting people’s efforts to be healthful and physically active.

In addition, she is responsible for training and supporting paraprofessional educators for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance programs in western North Dakota, and helping them and Extension family and consumer sciences agents with their programming.

“We are so pleased to have Jan join us to target western North Dakota,” says Deb Gebeke, NDSU’s assistant Extension director for family and consumer sciences. “A grant from Maternal Child Health and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education/Family Nutrition programs are making this possible. Recent research emphasizes the need to use community-based approaches to improve our health and wellness in addition to the individual education approaches we have always used in Extension. Jan brings the right expertise and experience to address these needs.”

Stankiewicz earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Montana State University and has received a Community Transformation Scholarship to obtain her master of public health certificate in American Indian Public Health.

Most recently, she was an Extension nutrition educator at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.

“I am thrilled to be a part of NDSU Extension,” Stankiewicz says. “I am even more excited about the work I get to do, as it allows for a deeper and broader reach into our communities and focuses on systemic changes that bring health and wellness to the forefront.”

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Oct. 24, 2016

Source:Deb Gebeke, 701-231-7179,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391,
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