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Zoumenou Elected To SNEB Leadership 

Description: Zoumenou SNEB PicPRINCESS ANNE, MD -- (May 29, 2012) -- Dr. Virginie Zoumenou, a certified nutrition specialist, licensed dietitian, and 1890 Family Consumer Science program leader at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has been elected director-at-large for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB), a worldwide organization of nutrition educators working in the United States and beyond.

In performing her duties for SNEB, Zoumenou will be assigned to one of 11 division committees within the society.  The SNEB divisions include, but are not limited to: a communications division, a food and nutrition extension education division, a healthy aging division, a nutrition education for children division, an international nutrition education division, and more.  She will serve as a liaison between the board and the division to help facility the SNEB mission, which is to provide nutrition education and health promotion worldwide.  The work of the organization takes place in colleges and universities, government agencies, cooperative extension, communications and public relations firms, the food industry, voluntary and service organizations and with other reliable sources of nutrition and health education information.

Zoumenou brings a wealth of education and experience to the position, wherein she will serve for a term of three years. Having earned a doctorate in biochemistry/nutrition in 1994 and a second doctorate in dietetics in 2006, she has devoted her life s work to nutrition education and health promotion in the classroom as well as in the community.  Her current responsibilities at UMES include planning and conducting community based nutritional education programs with emphasis on obesity, chronic diseases and diabetes; developing and providing leadership to research projects consistent with the nutritional needs of low-income families; and teaching a pre-professional practice course while supervising dietetics and nutrition interns.  Her travel has taken her to the European and African continents, where she has provided instructional as well as hands-on nutrition education and training.  For her work in Africa, she is the recipient of the President s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious national honor from the White House.

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Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communication specialist, UMES University of Maryland Extension, 410-651-6084, sstreet@umes.edu.

 

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