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July 23, 2012

Whitley gets new extension agent

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer

Got questions about food? The new University of Kentucky Family and Consumer Science agent has answers.

Matti Daniels began her first day on the job on July 16 at the UK Extension Office in Goldbug. The 25-year-old Pineville native is a graduate from Eastern Kentucky University and holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and is a registered dietician as well.

Daniels said that she got into the family and consumer science field because it is so diverse and she likes to “help people help themselves.”

“A lot of diseases can be prevented with diet and nutrition and I hope to be able to provide education on this to the community,” Daniels said. She was previously the family and consumer science agent for Knox County for the past two and a half years. She said she is excited to be in Whitley County.

“I was especially attracted to working in Whitley County because of some of the programming; Whitley does a lot with the farmers market and the local food effort, which I am very excited about,” Daniels said.

She will be doing various programs and community workshops at the extension office, such as diabetic programs, homemaking programs and is even looking at a possible county-wide weigh loss program called “Weight the Reality,” which is similar to a “Biggest Loser” contest.

Daniels said she looks forward to being a part of the Whitley County community and hopes to answer any questions that people may have regarding family and consumer science.

“If I can help or answer questions, I am just a phone call away and my door is always open,” Daniels said.

For more information about upcoming family and consumer science programs , contact Daniels at 606-549-1430.

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