Amanda Root, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Jefferson County

Healthy Food Choices in Schools June 13, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Amanda Root is the Community Nutrition and Health Program Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Jefferson County.  She oversees numerous programs and initiatives designed to impact individuals, families, and communities with a specific focus on making healthy choices easier.  Current programming is focused on:

  • Direct adult and youth nutrition and health education
  • Environmental change efforts
  • Social marketing
  • Worksite wellness
  • Farm to Institution
  • Farmers’ Markets
  • Local foods

She has extensive experience in curriculum writing in the areas of food safety, nutrition, education, and parenting.  Amanda has worked in the world of non-profits for over a decade and specializes in fund development through grant writing.  She has worked on all aspects of grants including writing, program start up, budgeting, and reporting and is a member of the Grant Professionals Association. 

Amanda  is also a member of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, served as the Vice President of Members Resources and has received several awards from the organization including:

  • Florence Hall Excellence in Programming Award
  • Publications Award for Newsletter and Fact Sheets
  • Outstanding Curriculum Award
  • Special Service Award

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York in Oswego, New York and a Master’s Degree in Literacy from the State University of New York in Potsdam, New York.  She holds teaching certifications in Elementary Education, Literacy, Adult Education, and Parenting Education.  In addition, she received her Family Development Credential from Cornell University, is an Advancing Youth Development Trainer, and holds a Leadership Certification from Cornell University Cooperative Extension.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.