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Rethinking Nutrition
School of Human Ecology
1107 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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…the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Cooperative Extension Service working in concert.  We are a public university, trying to sell you nothing, so you can trust our advice.

“Quite simply, UW-Extension is the people of Wisconsin and their university working together to apply university knowledge and resources to the current needs of their families, professions, businesses and communities. Its practical, issue-focused, problem-solving education is designed to help local citizens and leaders improve the state’s economy, protect its environment, enhance the viability of its communities, and enrich the quality of their lives and work.”

Kevin P. Reilly, System President
University of Wisconsin



Dave Riley, PhD, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison / Extension.  He is a former Head Start teacher and parent educator.  He was the co-director of Wisconsin’s Early Childhood Excellence Initiative, and is the author of numerous published research studies and four books, including the one on which this program is based.

Anne Samuelson Clarkson, MPH, is a doctoral student in Human Development & Family Studies and an Interim Extension Specialist at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She has a master’s degree in public health and spent several years researching childhood obesity.

Jenny Wehmeier, MS, is the Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Educator.  She holds degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences and Educational Services from UW-Stout.  After spending eight years teaching high school, she now works with child care providers and parents on child development behaviors and nutrition.

This website produced by Libby Bestul, MS, Outreach Specialist, for Cooperative Extension at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Human Ecology.

Advisory Panel:

Gayle Coleman, RD
Nutrition Education Program

Pattie Godsell
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association

Jill Hoiting, MSW
Supporting Families Together Association

Tara LaRowe, PhD
Dept. of Family Medicine/UW-Madison

Susan Nitzke, PhD, RD
Dept. of Nutritional Sciences

Molle Polzin, RD, CD
Community Nutrition Programs
Dept. of Public Instruction

Susan Pritchard-Pederson
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association


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This project was funded by an anonymous gift to the School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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