A Proud First for Penn State Extension in Philadelphia

Posted: May 15, 2015

Penn State Extension in Philadelphia recently celebrated its first Nutrition Links program success at the Mexican Consulate, with space generously provided by Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales, Consul of Mexico.

Luz Stella Valencia, our experienced Philadelphia bilingual Nutrition Education Adviser, taught two groups of adult participants resulting in a total of eighteen graduates.

Ms. Valencia partnered with Claudia Peregrina of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) and Yarazetd Mendoza, Director, Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, to help recruit qualified Nutrition Links participants.

Our Nutrition Links students hailed from different states in Mexico, among them Puebla and Guadalajara.  Many are employed in highly-regarded upscale restaurants in the city, while others run their own businesses.

Motivation to attend varied: one participant wanted to lose weight and another insisted her daughter come to the class. Learning about portion size was very important to Maria, especially since her husband has diabetes.

The joyous Penn State Extension Nutrition Links Graduates celebrated their achievement in learning about healthful foods and lifestyle by enjoying guacamole, ceviche, tostadas, a savory sardine and tomato dish, fresh pineapple and delicate pinole cookies.

Consul Carlos Cabrales congratulated the graduating class, and offered words of support and encouragement to continue their healthful eating habits. He frequently visited the Nutrition Links classes to check in and sample some of the program’s economical and delicious recipes.

Consult Cabrales also generously offered use of the Consulate space for future Nutrition Links classes, so that many more of his constituents might benefit from the food and nutrition information ably presented by Penn State Extension’s own dedicated NEA, Ms. Luz Valencia.