Final Wellness Webinar!

Wednesday, October 9, noon
Lara Parrilla Kaltman and Brittany Jarrett, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
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Lara Parrilla Kaltman PhotoBrittany Jarrett Photo
With so much attention to new diets in the media, how do you know which ones will help you maintain a healthy weight? This webinar will cover the basic principles of a healthy diet, some popular diets in the media and how to decide whether they are right for you.

Lara Parrilla Kaltman is the Nutrition Team Coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE Tompkins) since January 2011. A Registered Dietitian with Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Kaltman oversees the agency’s USDA-funded breastfeeding and nutrition education programs that engage youth, families and seniors with limited resources in hands-on learning experiences. Since 2008, Kaltman has been active with several local initiatives that address food security and childhood obesity. She directed the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, and developed and piloted Cooking up Family Dinners at DeWitt Middle School, a program that teaches students how to prepare healthy family meals and allows them to bring home the meal to share. Kaltman also founded Ithaca Community Harvest (ICH), a collaboration of farmers, school gardeners and other community leaders to create a model system to provide access to local organic produce for youth and families in Ithaca’s public schools. In 2012, Kaltman partnered with the Natural Leaders Initiative, the Whole Community Project and the Consumer & Financial Education program at CCE Tompkins to develop and pilot a new volunteer leadership development program, Community Chef, that aims to support residents to empower themselves to be change agents for healthier food in their community. In 2013, Kaltman began overseeing the agency’s flourishing partnership with local farms, Healthy Food for All, to provide subsidized CSA shares to income-eligible families in Tompkins County. Kaltman continues to play an active role on ICH’s Steering Committee, which includes representatives from the Youth Farm Project, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program, Healthy Dinners, Market Box and the Friendship Donations Network, and helps coordinate monthly Food Team meetings with CCE staff working to ensure an inclusive, just, democratic, sustainable and local food system in Tompkins County.

Brittany Jarrett is currently enrolled in the Combined PhD/RD Program in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She is a second-year graduate student, with a major in Human Nutrition and minors in Reproductive Physiology and Epidemiology. Broadly, Brittany is interested in the link between nutrition, metabolism, and fertility among women of reproductive age. Her research focuses on the ovarian, endocrine, and metabolic mechanisms that promote ovulation and improve menstrual cyclicity following weight loss in overweight women with irregular menstrual cycles and/or polycystic ovary syndrome. Brittany is also a dietetic intern at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. She has gained dietetics experience through volunteering at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Columbus, OH, and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Brittany hopes to pursue a career that connects nutrition, public health, and research. She has been an active member of professional and community health organizations since her post-secondary education began in 2008.


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