Extension Hires a Registered Dietician to Help Communities Improve Their Nutrition Program!

Hans Wedding has been hired as a registered dietitian at the University of Nevada, Reno Extension, where he will work with a range of programs to provide information and counseling on wellness, health, and fitness to communities around the state.

Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education is one of the programs with which Wedding will cooperate (SNAP-Ed).

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, provides nutrition benefits to persons with low incomes to supplement their food budgets and help them improve their nutritional health.

SNAP-Ed is a program that teaches people how to stretch their benefits further, shop for and prepare healthy meals, and stay physically active.

The wedding will work to ensure that SNAP recipients, as well as other low-income Nevadans, get their nutritional needs addressed and that they have the information they need to make good eating decisions.

The wedding will collaborate with the Healthy Kids, Healthy Start Program as part of SNAP-Ed, which provides resources for pre-kindergarten children and their parents to make healthy food and lifestyle decisions together.

Weding is also working on a project to provide extra health and wellness information and training to substance abuse counselors, particularly for low-income Nevadans, so that they can share the material with other counselors in their area.

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Weding is also working on other projects, such as assessing recipes to ensure they comply with dietary recommendations and developing more programs to support SNAP’s efforts. -Ed.

Eric Killian, Extension’s southern area director, remarked, “We are lucky to be able to bring Hans and his experience to Extension.”

“I’m looking forward to Hans helping us improve our present health and nutrition initiatives and fulfill the requirements of our community.”

Weding worked as a chef for almost 25 years before becoming a qualified dietician. She also worked as a personal trainer with people who were battling substance misuse.

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He became a certified dietitian in order to help others, particularly with their nutrition, and has worked as a dietary manager in hospitals for the past six years, as well as in the clinical setting for the past year.

“I’m looking forward to being here and working with the community,” Weding added. “Being able to help people was the main reason I decided to become a registered dietitian, and it’s wonderful to be able to accomplish that through Extension.”

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