Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- A new home economist in Valencia County will put an accent on health in 4-H and adult programming. Carolynn Sanchez Wilson took the position for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service on June 21, bringing with her a rich background in healthy lifestyle education.
"Hanging with the Marlboro Man" was the title of Wilson's thesis for a master's degree in public health last year at the University of New Mexico. She studied the lifestyles of smoking and nonsmoking Hispanic teenagers.
"What I found was that to prevent a smoking lifestyle, it was really important to get kids, especially girls, interested in activities," she said.
Wilson will help organize 4-H activities for Valencia County, drawing on her experience since 1987 as a nutrition educator for the Women, Infants and Children program in Albuquerque and a nutrition education coordinator for the state's Children, Youth and Families Department.
A Santa Fe High School graduate, Wilson earned a bachelor's degree in home economics in 1985 from the University of New Mexico. Her godmother was Fabiola C' de Baca Gilbert, famed for introducing Extension home economics programs to northern New Mexico communities in the 1930s.
"I still use her cookbook. It's the only way to cook authentic New Mexican food," Wilson said.
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