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Halderson Joins NMSU Cooperative Extension Service as Outreach Coordinator

LAS CRUCES -- Karen Halderson began work last month as an Albuquerque-based educational outreach coordinator for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Halderson's position includes serving as a consultant to county home economists, coordinating diabetic cooking schools and providing community programs on diabetes.

She had worked as a temporary Extension diabetes coordinator since April 2000. Halderson has 27 years' experience with hospitals, medical centers and clinics in Kansas, Oregon, Alaska and Arizona.

"I enjoy this position and it's rewarding because people really appreciate the information I give them about diet and diabetes," Halverson said. "My ultimate goal is to eventually have cooking classes in every county."

She received a bachelor's degree home economics with a specialty in dietetics from Kansas State University in 1969. Halderson earned her master of public health degree in nutrition from Tulane University in New Orleans, La., in 1979.

Halderson is a member of the American Dietetics Association, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, New Mexico Dietetics Association and the Zia Association of Diabetes Educators.