Nutrition & Wellness
Wellness issues are prevalent in New Mexico and are associated with direct and indirect costs, including healthcare costs, productivity losses, and impacts to economic prosperity. Programs that inspire, empower, and enable the New Mexico community to make choices that improve health and wellness creates the foundation for enhanced results and outcomes across the state. The purpose of this program area is to implement programs across the state that address wellness issues that can be managed and improved through lifestyle change. Wellness is multi-faceted and must be addressed holistically; therefore, this program area will focus on 5 areas that contribute to wellness:
- Stress and Resiliency
- Mindset/Behavior Change/Behavioral Psychology
A variety of free programs focused on diabetes prevention and management are offered throughout New Mexico. Please visit the Diabetes Homepage for more information.
Fit Families is a free, 12-week, family-friendly program. Fit Families is designed to help children, 5 to 12 years of age, and their families by providing hands-on activities that focus on nutrition, fitness, and self-esteem. Fit Families is funded by the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service. Please visit the Fit Families Homepage for more information.
Family Consumer Science agents conduct a variety of food and nutrition programs designed to fit the needs of the county. Contact your local County Extension Office for more information about these important and useful programs.
Karen L. Plawecki, PhD, RD
Food and Nutrition Extension Specialist