Aurora Buffington

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Aurora Buffington

Assistant Professor

Summary

Aurora Buffington is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in public health nutrition. Dr. Buffington oversees food system programming emphasizing its interrelationship with health and nutrition. She is equally committed to promoting student wellness and oversees healthy school programming that addresses several levels of the socio-ecological model in order to facilitate healthy behaviors in the school environment. Aurora has many interests including school wellness policy, nutrition education, food systems, food policy, and public health with a social and behavioral health emphasis. One of her hobbies includes teaching fitness classes which she's done for over 15 years, and you may see her monthly Fitness Minute segment on CCTV 4. She currently serves on the Nevada Council for Food Security, chairs the Southern Nevada Food Council, and is a member of the Center for Regional Food Systems Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup. 

Programs: Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools; Healthy Food Systems; SNAP-Ed & CYFAR grant programming; Home Food Preservation

 

 

Education

Norte del Rio High School, 1982
B.S. Nutrition Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2005
M.S. Exercise Physiology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2008
Ph.D. Public Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2017

Programs

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Chef Suzy's Cooking Demonstrations & Recipes

Extension Nutrition Specialist Susan McClain, "Chef Suzy," presents cooking demonstrations in elementary schools. Each 30- to 45-minute demonstration goes over three recipes that are easy, simple, healthy, affordable and accessible.

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Garden-based Nutrition Education

Garden-based nutrition education efforts throughout the lifespan empower participants of all ages to grow their own affordable, nutrient-dense food. Garden sites include schools, residential centers, and parks & recreation facilities in order to serve a wide range of populations including preschoolers, women under correctional supervision, and older adults. We believe that gar

A healthy meal: chicken sandwich and grapes on a plate and a glass of water.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

The Healthy Eating on a Budget program has been integrated into the TANF Work Readiness workshop as a SNAP-Ed program. The purpose of the 8-lesson series is to provide SNAP recipients with education on healthy nutrition and physical activity practices, food resource management, food safety and food security. 

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Healthy Food Systems

The Healthy Food Systems Program works to increase access to and knowledge about healthy foods within the community through direct education and policy, systems and environmental approaches. The program focuses on local food production, food preparation and processing, nutrition and food security to successfully educate the community on how food systems influence health.

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools

This is a comprehensive nutrition program based on the socio-ecological model incorporating nutrition education, promotion and policy, systems and environmental changes that support the implementation of school wellness policy.

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Kids Cook

Kids Cook - Summer cooking program for children

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Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

Improve the nutritional well-being of people who receive SNAP benefits and other Nevadans with a low income through community based education, programs and needs assessments.

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Pick a better snack™

This evidence-based campaign focuses on building fruit and vegetable consumption in children through healthy snacking. Pick a better snack™ is a monthly, in-school nutrition education program for primary grade children in at-risk elementary schools in Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada. In addition to direct instruction, staff works with school wellness coordinators to build meaningful and sustainable programming to create a well environment in every school.

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SNAP Into Farm Fresh Foods (SF3)

We teach SNAP recipients how to so support local farmers markets by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables with their benefits. We also work with local farmers market managers, vendors and other community partners to educate them on the importance of creating a SNAP-friendly environment and provide SNAP-related technical support

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Curriculum Materials
Kids Cook - Lesson 02 - Colorful Summer Popsicles
This lesson describes how to create colorful summer popsicles and teaches children how to follow a recipe.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 1 Evaluation
This evaluation tests your knowledge of the kids cook lesson 1 curriculum.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 2 Evaluation
This evaluation goes along with Lesson 2 Kids Cook to test your knowledge of what you learned from the curriculum.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 3 Evaluation
This evaluation goes along with Lesson 3 Kids Cook to test your knowledge of what you learned from the curriculum.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Informational Publications
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Kids Cook - Lesson 01 - Fun Flavored Waters
This lesson describes how to create healthy fun flavored waters and teaches children how to follow a recipe.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 03 - A Corny Summer
This lesson describes how to create fun summer recipes involving corn and teaches children how to follow a recipe.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Farmers Markets & Grocery Store Price Comparisons Las Vegas & Henderson, Nevada
This report provides a cross-sectional comparison of the cost of commonly purchased fruits and vegetables at farmers markets to those purchased at surrounding grocery stores during June – August 2018.
Buffington, A., Lopez, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-20-01
Newsletters
Healthy LIVING while aging! Northern Nevada Edition (2020-08)
Monthly newsletter covering: versatile vegetables; benefits of shopping at farmers markets, senior farmers market nutrition program, Nevada seasonal harvest chart for June - August, rural Nevada farmers market schedule, and a kale soy salad and a creamy peanut dip recipe.
Buffington, A.; Clarke, A.D.; Mazzullo, N.; Ragalado, M. N. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter 2020-08
Special Publications
Evaluation of Food
Evaluation of Food Action Planning Committee Meeting and Urban Agriculture and Food Sustainability Forum, August 23-24, 2017 Buffington, A., and Bosket, C. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-01