Extension offering quick lunchtime learning sessions
by Paisley Boston
Mar 26, 2014 | 3678 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Extension Service will host a series of educational sessions, called Quick Bite, beginning in April.

"Quick Bite is just a catchy name for an educational program that is offered through video conferencing at our office," said Bolivar County Extension Coordinator Laura Giaccaglia.

According to Giaccaglia individuals can stop by the Extension Office during their lunch break and gain insightful information about various topics through video conferencing.

"It only lasts for an hour so it is convenient for individuals who work because they can stop by the Extension Service, bring their lunch and engage in learning about various topics," added Giaccaglia.

Extension Offices in each of Mississippi's 82 counties are equipped to receive the interactive video feeds.

Each month's topics are sent to the county Extension Offices in advance so they can be publicized at the local level.

Mississippi State University instructor and florist Lynette McDougald will present a session on spring colors, spring flowers and the light, airy inspirations of the season on April 3.

"She does an outstanding job and in August she will be hosting a session in-person at the Extension Office. We hope that the public will come out and take part in this educational experience," continued Giaccaglia.

"We want to educate the public on various topics and offer insight on some topics that are not often discussed such as horticulture, nutrition and fitness," she added.

Health and Wellness Educator Mandy Conrad is set to present April 10.

She will discuss ways that individuals can improve their eating habits and the benefits of a Mediterranean diet.

The Quick Bites program began in 2006 as an in-service training tool for Extension personnel.

By using the interactive video capability in each county office, specialists and other presenters can reach a statewide audience without having to travel long distances.

Each program includes a presentation that lasts about 45 minutes, followed by a question and answer session the rest of the hour.

The program is free to the public.

"It just a way that Extension can be of service to the community. If people have questions or comments they can talk to the presenter. It is really fun and informative," said Giaccaglia.

"These sessions are being hosted at a really good time of the year because spring is here and people are working in their gardens and getting out to exercise," she added.

"Springtime just makes you feel good — seeing all of the flowers budding and kids playing, it's just a good feeling," continued Giaccaglia.

"We encourage individuals to bring their own lunch but admission is free and the experience is priceless. People can come out, join us for these Quick Bite sessions and leave with some gardening tips or helpful insight about various topics that they can put into use," she added.

For more information or to register contact Giaccglia at 662-843-8362.