Krista Gray teaching a boy to measure ingredients
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Krista Gray, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education Instructor

kristakg@illinois.edu

“One aspect of my job is to teach young children about healthy foods and exercise in order to keep their bodies healthy and strong.  Early education with these young kids helps to start them on a path of making good eating choices while having fun and being active.”

Krista  has been a SNAP-Ed instructor serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell  Counties since 2017. The majority of her work is done serving Fulton County.

EDUCATION

  • B.S.— Agriculture Science— Illinois State University

EXAMPLES OF KRISTA’S EXTENSION EFFORTS

  • Teach Pre-K, Head Start, Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade students
  • Offer tastings of fruits and vegetables in school lunchrooms
  • Direct Illinois Junior Chef Cooking Schools
  • Host nutrition displays and educational activities at local food pantries
  • Teach classes to WIC participants at the Health Department
  • Teach classes to adults at Fulton County Rehabilitation Center

FAVORITE MEMORY IN EXTENSION

“Since I have been with Extension, one of things that brings me joy is when I am out in the community and kids run up to me calling ‘Mrs. Gray! Mrs. Gray! I have been eating more “GO” foods and not so many “WHOA” foods!’ I thoroughly enjoy working with people and it is so rewarding when I see these same people when I am shopping or at any other activity outside of my job, comfortable enough to approach me and visit with me. Children are particularly happy to see me and introduce me to their family members. I say it often to my family and friends, I love my job!”

 

 

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