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Awards / Honors

Jennifer Anderson selected for 2012 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award

July 11, 2012

The Larimer County Board of Health announced this week that Jennifer Anderson will receive the 2012 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award.

Jennifer Anderson shows Food Friend puppets to childrenThe award is given yearly in honor of the selfless spirit of Dr. Joseph Jabaily, a Loveland neurologist who died tragically in a charity bicycle race in the summer of 2004.

 Anderson will receive the award at a reception at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19, Extension Conference Room, 1525 Blue Spruce, Fort Collins.  The public is invited to attend. 

Anderson recently retired from CSU where she served as Extension specialist and professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition for 35 years. Her work has focused on community nutrition and nutrition education with the goal of changing behavior to promote good health and prevent disease throughout the life span, from infants to seniors.

Anderson’s career has focused on health promotion and disease prevention through improving nutrition and food choices. She has designed nutrition education programs meant to reduce risk of chronic disease especially on cardiovascular heart disease and cancer, and has designed nutrition education for specific populations including Hispanics, migrant farm workers and people with limited resources.  She has also incorporated interactive multi-media, social marketing, web and internet use into health education for the public as well as for professional correspondence programs and courses. 

With a focus on improving health in a wide range of individuals, Anderson’s work over the past decades has reached limited resource populations, minority groups, military personnel, college students, and preschool children. She is recognized nationally for her use of a wide range of educational and behavioral techniques aimed at improving health and lessening the burden of chronic disease.

 Anderson directed Colorado’s Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program. Further, she has worked tirelessly with community partners at both the local and state levels to coordinate efforts, identify resources, and provide expertise, focusing on improved health for individuals and communities. 

The Food Friends Program, directed by Anderson, is now featured on the White House’s ‘Let’s Move’ blog, initiated by First Lady, Michelle Obama. The program has been tested and evaluated in hundreds of Head-Start classrooms over a 10-year period. 

Anderson officially retired in December 2011, but continues to work at CSU part-time on a variety of nutrition and public health-related projects. 

“Jennifer Anderson has shown an unwavering commitment to improving public health throughout her career,” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.  “Her passion and hard work have made a positive difference in the lives of many.

“By choosing present this award to Anderson, the board of health honors her dedication, as well as the ways in which she has contributed in an extraordinary way to public health in Larimer County and beyond.”  

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is in the College of Applied Human Sciences.

Former recipients of the Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award include environmental scientist Frank Vertucci, 2006; local obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Larry Kieft, 2007; Dr. Jane Higgins, physician at CSU’s Hartshorn Health Service, 2008; Lupe Harbison, 2009, an outreach worker and women’s health promatora in the Latino community; Carol Plock and the Health District of Northern Larimer County, 2010; and Ginny Riley, director or Larimer County Human Services, 2011.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009