Working with people, teaching, and planning nutrition education events is all part of a typical day for Janice G. Jones, nutrition educator for Shawnee County. Jones, who grew up in Kansas City, Kan., says she loves helping people and her position with K-State Research and Extension allows her to do that.
After high school Jones attended nursing school where she became a licensed practical nurse and worked as an LPN for 12 years. She then transferred to Shawnee County, became a nutrition educator with K-State Research and Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education (EFNEP) Program, and has been there for 26 years.
“I enjoy working with people,” Jones said. “I work with the homeless; attend brown bag meetings collaborating with community agencies, and share resources and information from guest speakers.”
As a nutrition educator Jones teaches people how to talk to doctors or deal with health issues, helps anyone who is living with a chronic condition, works with pregnant women, and limited income families. She said she educates the community on health issues that other organizations may not.
“I like working within the community and trying to help the limited income families help themselves,” Jones said. “I give them information about organizations that they can go to, to get help for food or medical assistance.”
During her 25 years at Shawnee County Jones also went back to school and earned a bachelor’s in computer information systems and a master’s in business management from Friends University. She is planning to take some refresher courses for her LPN degree.
In Shawnee County she serves on the poverty committee with the Local Community Action group and on a Bi-national Health Task Force with the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jones also has three children and five grandchildren that keep her busy. When she is not at the office, chairing a committee, or teaching a class Jones enjoys traveling, reading, writing, researching and cooking for her family.
Casey Droddy, Agricultural Communications/Journalism student