Meet Our Multi-State Partners
Dr. Hongu is an Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Physical Activity Extension Specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona.
Her role as an Extension Specialist is conducting applied research and non-formal educational programs, which are carried out in off-campus, non-credit education formats in her areas of expertise (nutrition, obesity prevention, and physical activity enhancement) in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s state and county faculty, to statewide clientele. In ongoing research projects, she is working to increase physical activity and improve nutrition knowledge and behavior using popular technologies (e.g., GPS, mobile phones, text messaging).
Laura Bellows, PhD, MPH, RD is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University.
Dr. Bellows’ research is focused on the development of eating habits and physical activity patterns in early childhood; and the influence of parental behaviors and the home environment on the development of these behaviors.
Anne Lindsay is an Exercise Physiologist who received her Master of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her Bachelors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. For over 30 years, she has published research and educational programs in worksite health promotion for government and multi-employer corporations; firefighters and security forces; women and girls with addiction and eating pathologies in correctional centers; and youth and adults in community settings.
Currently an Assistant Professor in Extension at the University of Nevada Reno, she has developed research-based programs and materials for preschoolers as part of a childhood obesity intervention effort, including a physical activity and dance music video for use at home and in the classroom. She is Nevada’s Statewide Coordinator for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Sonja Koukel, PhD, is the Community & Environmental Health Specialist for New Mexico State University Extension.
The program addresses health and wellness across the lifespan. Examples of content areas include: Chronic Disease Self-Management, StrongWomen Strong Bones & StrongWomen Healthy Hearts, Stress Management and Healthy Homes/Worksites.
Shirley Calodich is a Program Manager for WSU Extension Health Promotion and Diabetes Education.
She works on various projects related to childhood obesity prevention and diabetes awareness education. Shirley has taken the lead in coordinating the Family Meals materials update.
As Extension Program Specialist II – Gerontology and Health, Andy Crocker’s main focus is the health and well-being of the aging population in the State of Texas. His main role is to support the County Extension Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences in their outreach efforts to the elderly population in their counties.
His interests include cognitive function and memory improvement as well as sex education and disease prevention in the older adult population.