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Q and A with Jacqueline Lemons

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Editor’s note: This week we are continuing a feature called Q&A. Through this feature we hope to help you get to know your neighbors, government officials and others in the community. Today we feature Jacqueline Lemons, who has been the nutrition educator for UT-Extension in Covington for two years. 

Age: 41 

Family:  married to Calvin; sons Landon and Christin  

Education: Munford High School, University of Memphis with a B.A. in Sociology 

Vehicle: Jeep Grand Cherokee 

Favorite music:  blues 

Favorite beverage: milk 

Favorite food: Italian 

Favorite movie: "The Lion King"  

Favorite reading material: fantasy/romance 

Favorite TV show: "CSI"  


Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you  grew up? 

A: A body builder   


Q: What person had the biggest influence on you growing up and why? 

A:  My mom instilled some strong values in me, including perseverance and confidence.  She taught me to believe that I could be anyone and do anything.   


Q: What do you like to do in your spare time? A: I love to watch a good movie with my family.  


Q: Tell us what all your job entails. 

A:  Recruit, educate, and graduate limited-income families with children within Tipton County as participants in EFNEP (The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program). 


Q: Explain to us the program that helps local parents and their children learn about cooking and eating healthy. 

A:  EFNEP is provided through the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University Extension.  This program is for low-income families with children, pregnant women, and pregnant teens. EFNEP is completely free. After completing this program, participants will have learned the following: how to prepare nutritious meals, keeping food safe, shopping on a budget and how to be more physically active. This program will be taught in a series of six lessons, with each lesson lasting approximately one hour. Once all six lessons are completed, the participant graduates from the program, receiving a certificate of completion   

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