Wind River efforts prompt Educator of the Year award for Pingree

Cent$ible Nutrition Program educator Kelly Pingree has been recognized with the program’s Educator of the Year award.

Pingree, who serves the Wind River Indian Reservation, received the honor during the University of Wyoming Extension’s training conference on the Laramie campus.

CNP director Mindy Meuli said Pingree’s program had 79 graduates and a 44 percent increase in participant physical activity last year. The CNP curriculum has 17 hands-on lessons.

Meuli said Pingree serves on the Shoshone Cultural Foods project committee and is planning a gardening project in partnership with the Eastern Shoshone 477 Program. Pingree has also helped with a number of policy, system and environmental changes at the Warm Valley Senior Center.