The (Martinsburg) Journal: You might remember the Popeye cartoons from years ago – he would consume a can of spinach and immediately become super-powerful. Spinach may not provide instant power, but there is no doubt it is a “power food” with extraordinary nutritional value.
Herald Dispatch: The city is hosting an Eating Right and Being Healthy workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Hurricane Municipal Building at 3255 Teays Valley Road. The workshop is being presented in partnership with West Virginia University Extension Services.
“WVU Extension is dedicated to educating people on eating smart and being healthy, and that’s something we really wanted to share here in Hurricane,” said Vanessa Ervin, City of Hurricane marketing and development manager. “People have a stigma that heating healthy and organic is expensive, but this workshop helps show you can shop healthy without breaking the bank.”
Dominion Post: Longtime WVU leader Steven C. Bonanno has been named the dean and director of the WVU Extension Service effective immediately, Provost Joyce McConnell announced Wednesday, March 18.
WVU spokesman John Bolt said Bonanno’s salary has not been negotiated.
Bonanno has served as interim director of the WVU Extension Service since July 2011. He has spent his career working for Extension, beginning as a faculty Extension agent in Pleasants County in 1982 and as a member of the Extension Service administration since 2005.
West Virginia Focus: Cristi Rulen, food service director for Mason County Schools, realized buying food from local growers allowed her to stock school pantries while also pumping money back into the local economy. “It’s amazing that we haven’t thought about this earlier. We could keep all the money here,” she says. “I was sending money to who-knows-where to buy this stuff, when we have producers right here. Why not support our farmers?” And it wasn’t just a goodwill gesture. The school system was gaining something, too: fresh, healthy, affordable, good-tasting food students enjoyed eating.
Three years later, Mason County Schools is buying more local produce than ever. The county spent more than $77,000 on food from local growers during the 2013-14 school year, and that number probably will be even bigger by the end of the current school year. “It keeps getting bigger every year because the farmers know, if I say I’m going to buy it, I’m going to buy it,” Rulen says. “They see that it’s working. They see that it’s not going to go away. It’s not a one-time shot and it’s done.”
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